Guide on your camping must-haves from head to toes
Packing for trips is always better with checklist. That’s why we prepared another checklist for you! You can check out our first camping checklist with cooking equipment here.
Today, the list of must have camping gear is all about clothing – from head to toe and for any weather conditions. You can still get surprised by unpredicted rain, heat or snow, but you will for sure be prepared for it. If you never know what to take on camping, what you absolutely cannot forget, how to make sure you will not waste your precious time because of something is missing, that’s a great place for you!
So let’s get started with all that camping clothes!
1. Heavy-duty boots
Good boots must be comfortable and give you support on all types of terrain. We like to think about such heavy-duty boots as about an off-road vehicle. Whether you go through deep mud, slippery ice or big and sharp rocks, it has to let you feel comfortable. Best boots are made from full-grain leather and are waterproof. Good if they are at least ankle-high and have anti-slip tread.
2. Lightweight camp shoes
Camp shoes are very important part of your luggage. The best if they will be lightweight and durable. Camp shoes must be also very comfortable, appropriate for hot days and dry quickly. Depending on weather and environment, they can be used for long walks and backpacking.
3. Hiking Socks
You can’t overvalue a great pair of hiking socks. Comfortable and usually seamless, prevents from blisters on your feet even when the lining of your shoes isn’t perfect.
Pants is the main part of our wardrobe, so they must be high quality. To be prepared, it’s good to have pants that are: waterproof, wind resistance and at the same time breathable. If you don’t have such professional trousers – a pair of jeans will do, because good quality jeans are very durable.
We wear shorts when it’s warm, so it’s very important for them to be airy and light. However, we’re still on camping, so they should be long enough to safety sit on the ground.
Remember to take a little bit more, because you will not only use them on sunny days, but also as the first layer on very cold days.
The best way to keep you warm. Those made from wool or fleece will worm you the most.
Even the wool will not be warm enough if the wind will be getting through it. Good windbreakers are usually also waterproof, small and light so it’s smart to always have one with you.
Everyone knows this situation, when you go for a sunny holidays and it unexpectedly start to rain all the time. Best choice for this scenario is when you’ll take your rainwear even if the weather seems to be fine. It would be a shame to get stuck at camper or other lodging just because of a circumstances that you can predict. Also, a proper rainwear will be always more efficient in protection from water than a windbreaker, so remember to take both. Under big rainwear you will fit your backpack so it will also stay dry during long walks.
Best if it’s seamless or at least checked before travel if it’s comfortable. You wouldn’t want it to cause any pain during long walks.
Thermal underwear is necessary in winter but also can be helpful in other seasons when the weather breaks. Thermals will keep your body warm. The most popular fabrics are merino wool and polyester blends, because they’re lightweight, ultra-warm and moisture wicking.
Small but essential part of the wardrobe, especially when it’s cold outside. Good gloves must be waterproof and warm. Good if they are long enough to cover your wrists.
13. Hat with brim
You should protect your head from the strong Sun heat, so take a hat that will give you wide shadow.
Remember that sunglasses from the optician are far better and safer than those from a gas station!
15. Beanie or balaclava
When it gets cold, it’s good to have something to protect our head. Very good idea is to have a balaclava, which will protect almost entire surface of a head. And if it gets warmer, it can be rolled up to form a hat. If you don’t have a balaclava, take at least warm hat.
16. Clothes for Drive Home
During camping or backpacking trip you go into the wilderness so you don’t have to look all fancy. But remember that on the drive home you might want to stop to visit a museum or restaurant and it’s nice to have a clean and fresh clothes for such occasion.
Check the list with the clothing you have chosen to make sure you’ve got everything! And remember to pack your kitchen also with a checklist.
Do you have any essentials when you prepare your “camp kitchen” that we didn’t mention? Every camp lover has its own list of tricks to share. Just add it in a comment!