If you decide to begin spending more time outdoors, you will quickly realize that if you are not wearing the right clothing, it will affect your comfort and protection outdoors. There are a lot of items on the market to make your outdoor adventuring fun and comfortable, but there are a few key items that I always love to wear when heading out.
The outdoor clothing described below is for semi-cold to warm climates.
One of my favorite pair of pants I own for spending time outdoors are my Eddie Bauer Exploration Convertible Pants. These are pants that offer the option to make them shorts while on the go, and there are other brands that offer similar options. With a simple zip, you can quickly have a pair of shorts if you start your day off in pants. They are lightweight and it has a built in belt, which is very convenient and one less thing to pack!
A Lightweight and Versatile Shirt
Similar to the pants, this shirt can give you the option of short sleeve or long sleeve by simply rolling up the sleeves. This is great when the weather may be unpredictable, or bugs could be an issue but you want to pack light. Among other brands, Columbia makes a good shirt and for a reasonable price.
This is an area where you have to try them on to really see if they work for you. Each person prefers a different cut of boot or shoe and depending on your plans, and one may perform better than the other. There are many stores that sell hiking boots or shoes but a great place to start is Backcountry’s purchasing guide.
A Good Pair of Socks
If your feet hurt, your day will come to a quick end. Some may think that a sock is a sock, but that is wrong! One thing I’ve learned that you DO NOT want in a sock is for it to be cotton. Cotton absorbs moisture and takes a long time for it to dry, which can cause blisters on your feet. A great guide to finding the perfect sock can be found at REI.
Other items you will want to consider is a breathable hat, sunglasses, watch and other small items to make your time outdoors more enjoyable. For most people the goal when heading outdoors is to truly enjoy nature, not simply endure it.