The first time I went hiking was many years ago. It was a great learning experience for me. However, it was not a very pleasant experience due to my allergies that slowed down the group that time.
Anyway, that didn’t stop me from learning a thing or two about hiking. Today, I want to talk about the proper attire you should don if you have upcoming hiking trips. To make sure you don’t make the same outfit mistakes I did, feel free to pay heed to some of my suggestions:
No, I am not talking about those flashy, stylish, and fashionable rubber shoes, I am talking about actual hiking shoes or boots. The rugged looking ones that mean serious hiking business. That’s one of the biggest mistakes I made during my hike - I thought all rubber shoes are the same -big fat no.
Hiking shoes or boots provide the grip you need to make sure you don’t trip or fall during the hike. Your footwear is one of the most, if not the most crucial part of your outfit. It will help avoid injuries or accidents. Choose your footwear wisely.
It goes without saying that one should always wear socks when wearing closed shoes, or at least that is what my mother would always say. In this situation, it should be. Socks are the next layer of protection for your feet. When hiking, you could walk for hours or even days on end and you certainly don’t want to be caught barefoot in your hiking shoes.
It’s unhygienic and you are inviting blisters to your feet. If you are trekking in a forestial area where you are unsure of the animals that inhibit, I would suggest wearing one pair of thin cotton socks that will absorb sweat and another thick pair that can be pulled up over the ankles to help guard against any animal or insect bite. There is no need to do this if your hike is only a day trip and an established hiker terrain.
If there was something I got right during my trip, it was my shirt. I wore a very comfortable one, neither loose nor tight, and it had moisture-wicking technology, which absorbed sweat beautifully and dried it up quickly. Keep in mind to check the weather before you embark on your hike to anticipate your clothing needs. If you know the weather is going to be cold, you must, of course, bring appropriate pieces of clothing for this weather. If it is going to be extremely hot, I recommend wearing long sleeved top to protect your skin from the sun. We hate sunburn.
Unfortunately, though, another mistake I made was wearing leggings. I know, I know. You can’t blame me, though, because it was my first time and I was absolutely clueless about hiking back then. I strongly discourage you from wearing leggings because insects can actually bite you through them.
What you want to wear is a comfortable pair of hiking pants that are stretchy enough to let you climb up the steps or rocks. I would like to emphasize this bit, please choose bottoms that do not clinch your waist tightly. There is nothing worse than hiking in very uncomfortable bottoms, except hiking in the wrong pair of shoes. Hiking will take you out of breath, do not expedite this by wearing the wrong kind of clothing.
It’s really up to you, but I suggest you choose something lightweight. It doesn’t matter if your hiking crush sees you in an unflattering hat, you don’t want to end the trip looking like a lobster and miss the opportunity to look cute. Self-care first.
Clothes and headgears may not be enough to protect you from the harsh UV rays, so do not ever forget to put on sunscreen. I suggest using water-based sunscreen to avoid that sticky feeling traditional sunscreens give. You do not want perspiration to “sweat” the protection away, so choose something that is easily-absorbed by the skin.
I have poor eyesight so I can never be without my prescription eyeglasses. But for those of you who do not need eyeglasses, you may choose to wear sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun’s UV rays. This is optional; some prefer to wear sunglasses, while others don’t.
Hiking is not for everyone, but I encourage you to try it at least once. It is a life-enriching experience that will teach lessons in all aspects of life. It is no wonder why some people have committed themselves to make it a huge part of their lives - they do it as much as they can. I wish you luck as you take on your first hike. Don’t forget to arm yourself to teeth for boosted hiking experience.
My first hiking experience was a disaster, but I have committed to pushing myself to get out there and make each hike as enriching as possible. Hiking means going out to see what’s beyond all the screens we always face.