Wearing appropriate outdoor clothing is paramount when it comes to the safety and enjoyment on an outdoor day hike to a week-long overnight expedition. Comfortable clothing can make a good day better. Safe clothing can make a potentially threatening day a success. Choose outdoor clothing and boots that fit well, are appropriate for the weather and are in good working condition.
Choose clothing that fits well, is the right size and moves comfortably with your body. Clothing that is too large can cause chafing, get caught on branches or pose a strangulation hazard in the event of a fall. Another aspect of well-fitting clothing pertains to clothing that is the right fit, or appropriate, for the conditions.
The weather conditions over a day can vary greatly in temperature as well as precipitation depending on a number of factors. Weather fronts, varying elevations and time of day play a part in which type of clothing is best. A day that starts out warm may grow cooler as night approaches or as new altitudes are reached. Layered clothing is a good choice in this situation. Dry terrain that initially calls for a breathable day hiking boot may turn into a wet, slippery trail after an afternoon rain shower requiring waterproof walking boots. Some military boots designed for varying terrain, temperature and conditions, are suitable all-purpose boots. Expect the unexpected when packing outdoor adventure.
Camouflage clothes, usually made for the military, hunting and bird watching, often come in designs and weights that are suitable for a variety of weather conditions and outdoor uses.