This holiday season, consider gifting the camping lover in your life with some of our favorite camping clothes. Whether they’re a serious camper or just want to dress the part, these pieces are sure to make their camp-out that much more comfortable and stylish. All the below items are made with comfort and quality at top of mind, and most were designed for specific outdoor activities—so feel confident that each gift will stand up to whatever adventures come their way!
As with any outdoor adventure, you’ll need to layer your clothes.
Wool and fleece offer the best insulation when wet, so these are good fabrics for sweaters and pants. Down jackets are lightweight and compressible, making them great for camping on the go. A base layer of synthetic or merino wool underwear will help keep you warm in temperatures that dip below freezing at night. You can get some good deals on second-hand clothes at a local thrift store or consignment shop; just remember that they may not be as warm as new items!
Let’s be honest, you probably want to show up at your campsite in shorts and a T-shirt. We do too. But then you start thinking about how much fun you’re going to have around the campfire, roasting s’mores, telling ghost stories and singing songs. Suddenly you realize that maybe wearing clothes is more important than looking cool.
So what should we wear if we want to feel warm but not get burned? What should we wear if we don’t want our clothes getting wet from the rain? What might help keep us dry during a sudden downpour? These are all questions best answered by testing different fabrics during different weather conditions—but here’s some general advice based on personal experience:
- Wool—wool will keep its insulating properties even when wet; this is great for an afternoon hike or rainy day hike (though not always good for sleeping).
- Acrylic—lightweight acrylic fleece can be worn as an outer layer over long underwear or jeans depending on conditions; it dries quickly and doesn’t absorb body moisture like cotton does (which can cause chaffing). Cotton will also absorb water, so avoid wearing cotton when exercising outside; however, cotton has been found to be better at keeping warm than synthetic materials such as polyester because of its ability to trap air next against your skin which traps body heat inside itself instead of allowing it escape into cold drafts coming off nearby trees/rocks etcetera…
Waterproof boots or shoes
Waterproof boots will keep your feet dry, but they aren’t necessarily warm, comfortable, durable or even stylish. Waterproofing has become a huge part of the outdoor apparel industry and many companies have sprung up to provide it. But if you’re camping in warm weather (or even at altitudes where it doesn’t get too cold), a pair of waterproof hiking shoes may be more than enough to keep your feet happy while hiking or lounging around camp.
Warm hat and gloves
A good hat is essential for keeping your head warm, and it should be able to cover both ears. We like the Woolrich Mossy Oak Camo Woolen Watch Cap, which has a soft fleece lining and fits snuggly enough to keep wind from getting in. If you’re looking for a warmer option, we recommend this one from Columbia (though it’s not as waterproof). For gloves, warm and dry are the only two things that matter. Our picks are this pair from North Face or these ones from Columbia—both are comfortable and durable enough to wear while hiking through snowdrifts!
Now that you have a list of the best camping gear, it’s time to go out there and take in the great outdoors. But before you can do that, you’ll need binoculars. Binoculars are perfect for observing wildlife from afar, which is what happens when animals aren’t within arm’s reach—or even within human sightline distance.
They’re also great for looking at the stars during night-time camping trips (and even during day-time ones if your eyesight allows). The more light pollution there is around where your campsite is located, the harder it will be to see stars with your naked eye; binoculars can help solve this problem by magnifying what little light pollution there might be in your area so that it becomes easier to find constellations like Orion’s Belt or Ursa Major (which some people call The Big Dipper).
Binoculars are also handy when it comes down to watching campfires while camping because they allow you not only see them but hear them as well! A lot of times when people use binoculars around campfire areas they end up getting so close that they get burned by embers flying off into their direction. So remember: keep those fire pits far enough away from where you’re sitting so that nothing gets hurt!
Sunglasses with a strap
To protect your eyes from the sun, wear sunglasses. To protect your eyes from bugs, wear sunglasses. To protect your eyes from dust, wear sunglasses. To protect your eyes from dirt, wear sunglasses. To protect your eyes from wind and debris during a hike or bike ride, wear sunglasses. And to keep those pesky raindrops out of your peepers when it’s time for a swim in the lake or ocean (or at least keep them away long enough for you to take an Instagram selfie), put on some shades as well.
You can be fashionable while camping if you want to
You can go for a more casual look, or a more formal look, or even a sporty look. If you are outdoorsy and rugged in your style, then by all means—go for it! However, don’t feel like you have to dress in your best clothes when camping. Camping is about having fun and enjoying nature; not about impressing people with how nicely dressed you are.
Now that you have a better idea of what to bring camping, it’s time to get packing! This list of essentials should be all you need for a comfortable and enjoyable trip. With the right gear, your next outdoor adventure will be unforgettable.