The right hiking clothing: Prepared for any weather
Like other sports (for example running and jogging) you can use the “layered clothing” principle for hiking clothing. This means that you put on several thin layers that keep you warm and dry and that you can easily take off when needed. This allows you to adapt flexibly to different weather conditions.
To achieve maximum protection from the cold and wet, you should consider the following functional layers:
- Base layer: This consists of a breathable functional shirt and keeps you warm.
- Insulation layer (mid-layer): A fleece or thin down jacket keeps you warm.
- Weather protection layer (shell layer): The outer layer serves as protection against wind and rain.
This combination of layers also tells you what hiking clothes you should pack for your tour:
Especially for the base layer, shirts made of (merino) wool are recommended. These are absorbent, dry quickly and do not absorb odours as much. They are perfect for longer hiking tours. However, you should make sure that the wool comes from certified organic animal husbandry.
To prevent your clothes from getting wet during the hike, you can also pack them in plastic bags or drybags. This will keep your clothes clean and dry, even if you get caught in a downpour. It also gives you the opportunity to pack wet clothes safely until you have a chance to let them dry.