When deciding on camping equipment, it is also a good idea to make sure you have the right clothing along for the trip as well. The right clothing on a camping trip means the difference between comfort and sheer misery. Of course, the clothing you take with you should reflect the type of activities you plan on undertaking as well as the time of year. One item that everyone should pack is a lightweight rain jacket. You want a jacket that will turn water without making you sweat while wearing it. Most people find a jacket with breathable fabric. If you plan to do heavy activity, find a jacket that has a good mid-weight fabric.
Hiking boots are another essential piece of wearable camping equipment. You need to choose boots that match your planned activities. If you plan to do light hiking on mostly level trails, light boots offer enough protection with great flexibility. However, they do not offer as much protection around the foot and ankle. If you plan to take a multi-day hike over rough terrain, invest in good boots designed for such a trip. They provide protection and support to handle rough terrain as well as heavy loads. If you are planning on anything other than a short level hike, invest in boots that provide some support for the ankles. This reduces the chance of injury.
Socks are as important as hiking boots are, no matter what your planned trip looks like. Socks provide cushioning and protection for the feet. They also help wick away moisture when the feet sweat. If socks get wet, though, you need to have an extra pair with you. Even a day hike out of the mountains in wet socks can leave a man’s feet raw and sore. In winter, it can actually put their life at risk. Choose socks appropriate to the weather and terrain you will encounter on your hike.
Headgear is another essential addition to the camping equipment list. In the summer, you need a hat that helps keep down sun exposure. In the winter, you want a hat that cuts down on sun exposure while offering warmth as well. In all seasons, you need hats to provide protection from the rain. There are tons of designs available to suit your hiking needs as well as your personal sense of style. You can choose to have an all-purpose hat to wear all the time or have a rain hat stashed in an easy to get at place in case of rain.