What should I wear on a hike?

man in red jacket and black pants standing on rock near lake during daytime

When hiking, it is important to dress appropriately for the weather conditions. In general, hikers should wear clothing that will keep them warm and dry in cold weather and cool and dry in hot weather. In addition to keeping you warm, proper attire can help protect you from insects and other wildlife. When choosing what to wear on a hike, consider the type of terrain you will be hiking on as well as your climate.

For trails that are mostly flat or have gentle inclines, hikers may want to choose clothes that are lightweight but still provide protection from the elements. This might include shorts or skirts, a T-shirt or tank top, closed-toe shoes with good traction (such as trail runners), sunscreen lotion SPF 30+, hats (preferably sun-resistant), and insect repellent containing DEET if necessary.

If you plan on hiking in mountainous areas or along streams where water can get cold quickly during wintertime or summertime rainstorms respectively, it is important to pack heavier clothing such as long pants with waterproof boots and a heavy coat. Hikers also need appropriate gear for extreme temperatures including snowshoes if they are visiting higher elevations during wintertime months when snow covers the ground; ice axes for climbing glaciers; crampons for crossing frozen rivers; sunglasses against bright sunlight; snacks/water bottles filled with fresh water rather than store bought drinks which contain high levels of sugar/sodium etc.; first aid kit including bandages scissors tweezers adhesive tape whistle extra phone charger multi tool .

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