What to Wear Camping

What to Wear Camping: All Your Questions Answered!

Are you headed out camping and not sure what to wear? I’ll answer all your outfit questions!

I grew up camping with my family. We went camping almost all year round with the exception of the coldest winter months.

Sometimes, we camped in the mountains and at other times we would head to the beach. We always stayed in campgrounds that were in state parks, national parks, or privately owned.

Also, when we camped we stayed in a camper or in tents.

While we were camping, we spent our days exploring, hiking, crabbing, boating, canoeing, biking, and swimming.

Note: We never did backcountry camping that required hiking to get to the destination, so if you are doing that type of camping, I recommend consulting a specialist to help you choose the right backpack, boots, gear, etc.

If you’ve never been camping before (or it’s been a while), you may be wondering what to wear. In this blog post, I put together my top tips as well as outfit ideas.

What to Wear Camping: 9 Helpful Tips

  1. Dress for comfort. Leave high heels and cute skirts at home. When you’re camping, you’ll be active outdoors so comfort is the number one priority. The key is loose-fitting clothes, layers, and breathable fabrics.

  2. Dress for the weather. Be sure to check the weather forecast when packing for your trip. If it’s going to rain pack a raincoat, boots, and umbrella. If cold weather is in your future pack extra socks, coat, hat, mittens, and even long underwear.

  3. Wear layers. It may be cool in the morning, warm in the afternoon, and cool again in the evening. Or if you are out hiking, you may be out in the sun at times and under a canopy of trees at other times. That said, layers are essential for staying comfortable all day. Your bottom layer is a tank or t-shirt. The next layer can be a shirt, sweater, or sweatshirt. The final layer is a jacket, windbreaker, raincoat, vest, or coat. Don’t forget to pack a hat, visor, mittens, or gloves as needed.

  4. Wear comfortable shoes. You’ll be walking a lot so the right shoes do make a difference. For most days, choose closed-toe shoes such as sneakers or hiking shoes. If it’s raining or snowing wear rain boots or snow boots. If you are camping at a lake or ocean, bring flipflops or water shoes so you can go out in the water or walk on the beach. Leave high heels and open shoes at home.

  5. Dress for protection. Not only will you be exposed to the elements, but it’s also important to dress to protect yourself from other elements in nature. Long sleeves, long pants, and socks will protect you from poison ivy or oak, mosquitos, ticks, snakes and anything else lurking out there. Don’t forget to pack sunscreen, bug repellent, and a first aid kit.

  6. Consider your activities. If you are swimming, boating, kayaking, or tubing be sure to bring a bathing suit or rashguard. A day that includes hiking or exploring wear layers including long sleeves, long pants, or long shorts.

  7. Wear cozy pajamas. It tends to be cooler at night as well as you may have to get up during the night when nature calls so wear warm pajamas, socks, and slip-on shoes.

  8. Prepare for the unexpected. I always pack one outfit for each day plus I pack an extra outfit, socks, and underwear just in case. Your clothes may get wet or dirty so having a few extras is good insurance if there’s a clothing emergency.

  9. Own the look. I’ve received lots of questions regarding how to look cute while camping. Camping outfits might not be what you wear every day, but dressing for the occasion and having fun is the best way to look cute while out in the wilderness. Trust me, there’s nothing cute about spending too much time primping, trying to walk in high heels on a hike or biking, and being cold because you want to look sexy. Everyone else you run across while camping will also be dressed for comfort and the outdoors.

What to wear camping in Summer

Here’s a sample of what to pack for camping in the summer. I didn’t include gear to wear to the beach or lake such as a swimsuit and flipflops. But you can see from the image below, wear layers that can be peeled off and put back on as the temperature changes throughout the day.

What to Wear Camping in Summer
What to Wear Camping in the Fall

I hope you find these tips and outfit ideas helpful when planning your next camping trip!

What are some of your favorite camping outfit tips? Let me know in the comments below.