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Seasonal clothing is essential when spending time in the outdoors. Be sure to have the right layers so you can be comfortable on your next hiking or camping trip.

What do you need?

You don't need to buy a new wardrobe before you hit the trail, but you'll need a few basics to stay safe and comfortable. One thing to avoid is cotton: it's a poor insulator when wet, making you feel colder and increasing your risk of hypothermia. Look for wool or synthetic materials instead.

Layers are the way to go when in the outdoors and time of year will dictate what to buy and bring.

  • Base layer: If you’re hiking in mostly warm weather, this usually means a synthetic t-shirt and shorts. In colder weather, this will include long thermal underwear.
  • Warm, insulating layer: Do you have a fleece jacket? How about a comfy wool sweater? Both of these work great as an insulating layer that provides warmth if it gets chilly.
  • Waterproof/ wind-proof layer: This includes both rain/wind jackets and hiking or rain pants. The jacket will keep you warm and dry on windy ridges and rainy days, and the pants will keep you warm and protected from brush and mud.
  • Socks: Hiking-specific socks offer more cushioning and breathability than cotton tube socks and protect them from blisters (particularly important on long hikes).

Spring and fall are transitional periods in nature for laughing around the bonfire, enjoying the crisp cool air with the warm sun reaching toward winter or summer.

With temperatures dropping and winter approaching fast, it’s time to take inventory of your cold-weather closet. Whether your plans include winter hiking or overnight camping, early morning walks with the dog or touch football with friends, the right choice in outerwear (and layers) can make all the difference in your comfort and enjoyment of the outdoors.

See Tent and Hike’s collection of clothing to suit your needs.

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