While hiking for the first time, you might have to consider some expert opinion when choosing what to wear, a lot of people go to nearest hiking trails to find peace and quiet, some others like artists and photographers go hiking for inspiration. Some others might go to get away from the stress of their daily lives.
Thus hiking has been taken as a means of unwinding. Hiking is also a means of exercising, expanding our horizon and relieving stress.
So most people go hiking every once in a while. While hiking, it is important to consider your clothes and footwear and choose the perfect ones suited for your journey, you don’t want to detest your hiking experience because you were dressed wrong and it made the journey difficult.
Here are some things you should put on when you go hiking
While there is no standard for choosing a hiking gear, you should not sacrifice your comfort for anything
You can wear gym clothes: gym clothes are an option only because they are very comfortable, you can easily hike in them without feeling your clothes getting in the way. You can wear your yoga pants.
you will need to choose a more conservative top. You should not attempt to wear a crop top because it won’t protect you from the cold and you will most likely have more than a few mosquito bites.
You are also advised to check the yoga pants for cotton tags if they are included, it is advisable to skip the pants as well and consider stretchy trousers. Cotton has been discovered to increase the risk of hypothermia.
And leggings will also do very little to protect your legs from some very determined mosquitoes.
A very comfortable pair of hiking shoes or hiking boots: this is very important as hiking is majorly about walking the terrain. You need to choose something you can walk in. Other types of footwear might hurt your foot. Deciding if to wear a shoe or a pair of boots will depend on the kind of terrain you might be hiking in.
A comfortable pair of trousers: some people hike in shorts, it is actually more comfortable for them(save for the mosquito part) but if it is your first time or you’re at a loss of what to wear, it is advisable that you choose a pair of hiking leggings or a stretch trouser, you need a pair of pants that are comfortable at the waist as climbing up a hill will be doing a lot of waists stretching. Pick something that doesn’t feel too tight so you don’t feel suffocated.
A cap: while choosing a cap, consider one that is very light so it doesn’t make you feel like you’re carrying some extra weight on your head. Also, choose something that covers your neck and ears. You might not get one that perfectly covers the ears but this will undoubtedly protect your parts from the sun if you cannot get a perfect headwear like this. It is advisable you use a very decent amount of sunscreen on all exposed parts.
Choose a stretchy top that isn’t too free, a long sleeve top preferably, this will protect your arms from mosquitoes and the unfavorable sun
Hiking socks: some people put on up to two, they soak up the sweat while you hike and protect your feet against bites from dangerous animals like snakes or scorpions. You can wear the thin socks first to soak up the sweat, then the thicker pair for dangerous bites, the thicker pair can easily be pulled up over your knee
Some of the things you need to include in your backpack are
A raincoat: you can easily put it on in case the rain starts suddenly, this can be packed in your backpack
Sunglasses: in case the sun suddenly gets too much for your eyes
Sunscreen: you might start to feel some slight sunburn as you hike, maybe on a body part you missed, you can easily take out your sunscreen and dab on some
Water: the importance of having a bottle of water with you cannot be overemphasized, once you get thirsty and you need to drink some water, you will be thankful you brought your bottle
Some snacks or food: food is optional while hiking but if you are going to be hiking a while, it helps to pack some food and snacks, I love taking a few decadent packs of chocolate and sweets. You can try some more healthy foods
A lip-gloss: the weather might be a little harsh, you can easily dab some on and you’re good to go
A camera or phone: some people go hiking and prefer to leave their phones behind away from social media and technology but you will always find some views that are worth capturing and a good camera phone will do just fine
A backpack or rucksack: finally, you need a lightweight bag or rucksack to pack in all the extras you will be taking, a dark colored one preferably, you don’t want to draw too much attention with some flashy colored backpack. A dark colored one won’t get too dirty either
A small jotter and a pen: it is not news for inspiration to strike in the most unexpected of places, a note and a pen will help save your ideas, you don’t want to get back home and start cracking your brain for what crossed your mind while hiking
Wearing proper hiking clothes will make you able to enjoy the view around you as well as not get distracted from the troubles of uncomfortable hiking gears