Top tips on what to wear when camping

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Going camping and getting in touch with nature can be an exciting and memorable experience. However, if your clothing is not suited to the camping environment, it can ruin your experience. You may not have the luxury of a diesel heater or hot water system to keep you warm, so in this article, we will take a look at top tips on what items make the best camping clothes and packing for your next camping trip.


Research the Location and Climate

Weather is a crucial consideration when planning your camping wear. Before leaving on your trip, research the climate in the area and look at the weather forecast to find out if you should prepare for rain or cold weather.

You should also pack for temperature fluctuations. In arid areas, for example, the nights are typically cold and the days are warm, and chances are you will want to take some outer layers off later once the chill dissipates in the morning.



Unlike your house, your tent doesn’t have insulation, and you are more likely to become cold while you sleep. In addition to a high-quality sleeping bag, you will also need proper clothing to hold your body heat.

Clothing made from fleece or nylon holds warmth better than wicking clothing. Instead of your pajamas, consider wearing a t-shirt, long-sleeved shirt, sweatpants, and wool socks. Layering your sleepwear will keep you warm, but you can also take something off if you get too warm.


Layer Your Daytime Clothing

Dressing in layers is also advisable during the day, to adapt your attire to the current temperatures. Start by putting on clothes you can wear when it is warm. For example, your inner layer could include underwear, jeans or cargo pants, and a t-shirt. During cold mornings, you can add a sweater and jacket to this outfit, and when it gets warmer, you can take it off without feeling uncomfortable.

In the evenings, when it gets cold again, you can re-layer for warmth without having to change your outfit.


Choose the Right Footwear

Consider your camping activities carefully when selecting footwear. For camping trips, you may have to pack more than one pairs of shoes.

If you are planning on hiking, you need high-quality hiking boots that are durable, comfortable, and supportive. If you are planning on swimming and if the weather is warm, your flip-flops will be more than suitable.

The right socks will also ensure that you are warm and comfortable, especially when you are hiking, and you can wear them while you sleep.


Protective Clothing

During your camping trip, you may be exposed to mosquitoes, ticks, and flies, which can be an annoyance and a health risk. Breathable clothing that covers your arms and legs will keep you comfortable while protecting your skin from these pests.

If you are hiking in an area that is inhabited by snakes, wear boots and long pants. You may also want to consider gaiters for added protection. If you are spending a lot of time in direct sunlight, like when fishing or hiking, wear a hat and long-sleeved clothing in addition to putting on sunscreen.



Wool is the most optimal material choice for camping underwear as it is moisture-wicking, breathable, and comfortable. Wool underwear is also less likely to cling or cause chafing than other fabrics.

Silk is another viable fabric option, especially if you are active during your camping trips. Try to stay away from cotton underwear, as it generally absorbs moisture.


Doing Laundry

If you are going on extended camping trips, you will have to hand-wash your clothes or use a special camping washing machine. Use a biodegradable soap in a setting that will not result in contamination of nearby bodies of water. You don’t have to wash clothing like jackets or sweaters as often as underwear or socks.

Andy Sullivan

Andy Sullivan

A lover of all things outdoors, Andy is an experience camper having traveled the east cost of Australia multiple times and countless trips throughout New Zealand.

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