Do’s And Don’ts When Dressing For An Outdoor Excursion (2022)

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    Are you planning an outdoor adventure? It’s the perfect time to get outside and experience nature. Whether you’re going camping, fishing, hiking, sightseeing, or on another excursion, what you wear is essential to your experience. Your attire can affect your mood, comfort, health, and safety. Continue reading to learn more about how to dress for the occasion. 


    Common Outdoor Attire


    Not sure what to wear on your outdoor excursion? Some staple fashion items will never steer you wrong. Consider wearing durable pants or shorts like denim or khaki, t-shirts or long-sleeved cotton shirts, athletic socks, and comfortable sneakers or boots. 


    Now that you have some common suggestions, let’s get a bit more detailed about the do’s and don’ts of dressing for an outdoor activity:


    Do Dress For The Weather

    Before you set foot outside, do yourself a favor and research the weather. Since the weather can change, you must do more than evaluate the daily high. Check the temperature throughout the day, wind factors, humidity, and precipitation chances. That way, if it’s colder in the morning but hot in the afternoon, you can dress in layers and be prepared. However, if it’s going to rain later, you’ll know to pack your rain gear, so you don’t get wet. 


    Do Consider Your Activities


    When deciding on an outfit for your outdoor excursion, remember to consider your planned activities. For instance, wearing a sundress and sandals on a hike will leave you dirty and uncomfortable after walking for a while. Similarly, if you’re going swimming at the lake, you’ll want to pack swimming trunks so you don’t have to get your boxer briefs wet. 


    Do Follow Expert Advice

    Some outdoor activities may require you to wear or pack specific clothing and accessories to ensure your health and safety. Let’s say you’re going on a hunting trip. The guide may recommend that you wear camouflage clothing to blend into the environment. However, they may also ask you to wear a bright vest or hat so that no one shoots you by accident. Failure to follow this advice could put you in harm’s way, which is something no one wants. 

    Don’t Compromise Comfort


    In a world where selfies and travel pics are the norms, it’s easy to overlook comfort for fashion. You want to make sure you look good in the photos when you share them with others. Be that as it may, looking good and feeling good are two different things. Those sandals might look great on your freshly manicured feet, but will they cause you pain while exploring the great outdoors? If the answer is yes, chances are you should select another stylish yet comfortable shoe. 


    Don’t Forget Health And Wellness


    When dressing for an outdoor adventure, don’t forget to keep your health in mind. Take sun protection, for instance. Wearing sunscreen is one way to protect your skin, but it’s also good to wear a hat and even sunglasses when you’re outside for a while. It provides shade and reduces your exposure to the sun. Another example might include wearing supportive devices like a back, leg, or knee brace if necessary when you’re walking or hiking. The last thing you want to do is have to cut your trip short because you’ve injured yourself or are experiencing pain. 


    Don’t Forget To Pack Extra


    Many outdoor activities require you to keep a spare change of clothes with you just in case. If you get dirty, wet, or damage your clothing, you want something you can throw on and continue with your plans. That’s when having a backpack makes perfect sense. You can find a nearby restroom, freshen up, change your clothes, and get back to having a good time. 


    Dressing for an outdoor activity is different from dressing for things indoors. You’re exposed to the weather’s elements much longer, affecting your physical well-being. Not to mention, you’re often engaging in activities that require more physical endurance and strength. The wrong attire could cause discomfort or even put you in harm’s way and ruin the experience. As long as you follow the do’s and don’ts listed above, you can avoid mishaps and enjoy your trip. 


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    Caleb Cole

    I grew up in Montana, spent my free time camping, hunting and fishing. I began writing as a side hobby while camping. Very happy to be working with the guys here at Outdoor Command and look forward to providing best in class outdoors content for you.