Packing apparels for a camping trip is both an art and a science. You need something to keep you cool and dry when you’re active during the day as well as something to keep you warm at night. In most Australian states, the climate can be drastically different between day and night, so it’s crucial that you pack the right apparel. In this article, Offmain will give you some ideas about what clothes to pack for your camping trip so you can be comfortable and ready for adventure no matter what nature throws at you.
1. Base layers
Base layers aren’t just for sub-zero climate! They come in both synthetic and natural materials such as merino wool. The merino ones can be a little pricey but they are naturally breathable and moisture wicking so you can stay dry as you exert yourself during the day (and they don’t stink easily like the synthetic ones). Choose the weight and thickness to suit the level of warmth you need. In summer, you can probably skip this layer. However, if it gets quite cool at night or if you’re always cold in general, these can be very handy for lounging in the camp and sleeping.
Your base layers should be snug-fitting but not too tight to keep you warm. Look for those with flat-locked seams (flat stitching) so you don’t feel the rubbing and chafing as you move around with your mid-layers on top.
Good quality socks are super important if you want to make the most out of your outdoor experience. If you’re going to be on your feet a lot, a thick pair of socks will give you extra support on the heels to help you last longer on your walks. Opt for crew socks as they are more secure and won’t slide down easily. Check out ours. Don’t forget to take a spare pair on your hike just in case they get wet!
2. Mid layers
This layer is for insulation. Down and fleece are both great options for mid layers. If you choose down jacket as your mid layer, make sure you choose a lightweight (even better, packable) one as it can get hot and sweaty very quickly if you’re going to be exerting yourself. Opt for a down vest if you sweat a lot in general as it will be more cooling around the pit area while still keep your body warm, especially with a long-sleeve weather/water proof top layer.
Fleece is another option for mid-layer because it is lightweight, warm and will fit nicely under your weather/waterproof layer. Fleece comes in jackets or pull-over jumpers. Both will keep you warm, depending on your preference. One advantage of fleece is that it dries faster than down when wet.
3. Weather/waterproof layer
This layer is essential when the weather gets difficult with wind, rain or snow. Usually, you carry this layer in your backpack and only wear it when you need it. So a light-weight, packable weather/waterproof jacket is a must, especially if you’re going on a hike. Take note of the label. Some are weatherproof only (meaning they’ll protect you from the wind, but won’t withstand heavy rain). Some are water resistant or light waterproof. Others are heavy-duty waterproof. Different brands use different terminology so make sure you investigate. We recommend this layer to be a bit loose for comfort (because you already have two layers under!) so size up if you need to.
We love a simple pair of leggings. Choose good quality ones that are comfortable and durable so you can be active as well as lounging around in the camp in them. Lululemon and Lorna Jane are good brands for this. Alternatively, you can opt for weatherproof hiking pants especially if you're planning for a long hikes. These will give you storage, quick drying fabric and a looser fit to layer over your bottom base layer.
5. Hiking boots
A good pair of hiking boots that work with your feet can be difficult to find! That’s why we created a guide to choosing hiking boots to help your out. Hiking boots come in high boots, mid boots or low boots to suit your needs and different terrains you’ll be walking on. Once you find a pair that suits you, as suppliers change models from time to time, it can be a good idea to buy a second pair in the knowledge that they fit and will carry you for years to come.
We love getting outdoor in style (within reasons). We hope this guide helps you pack the essential apparels for camping and gets you excited for your new adventure. See you out there on the trails soon! Share your camping/hiking look with us on Instagram @offmain.offroad
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