By An Trieu January 9, 2022
Always bring extra layers regardless of season or weather: a long sleeved shirt, a rain jacket, or an insulated jacket.
Breathable, moisture-wicking, waterproof, insulating, and dry fast materials. Avoid cotton. Opt for synthetic (recycled) materials such as polyester, nylon, or merino wool.
For beginners, first, start with footwear. Waterproof sandals for water activity and hiking boots with ankle support and good traction. Don't forget hiking socks!
Wear a hat. Sunglasses. Long sleeved top is better than wearing a tank top alone. A breathable over-shirt is an option for extra coverage. UV-protective clothing exists!
Sport bras provide support. Moisture wicking short-sleeved shirts for warm wether, and long sleeved for cooler weather. Add linen or wool flannel for extra layering.
Shorts, skorts, leggings, and long pants made from stretchy and sturdy materials and have supportive fit.
Underwear is up to personal preference. Comfort is key! Keep in mind material, weight, and fit for base layer tops and bottoms.
Rain jacket is a must. Windbreaker. Opt for a fleece or foldable insulated jacket or vest for cooler weather, and snow jacket for winter hiking.
Trekking poles are must! Headlamp, hydration pack inside backpack, day backpack, bug nest, beanie. I wear a knee brace on long hikes for extra knee support.
Ultralight gear is always more expensive. Decide on your preferences and your budget before you shop. Always shop secondhand when you can.
Focus on function and fashion. No one looks good when they feel miserable, but with a bit of research and planning beforehand, YOU CAN LOOK GOOD ON TRAIL!