Outdoor Clothing for Campers: Stuff from Your Closet and from the Store

You’ll need to bring along enough clothing to keep you warm, dry and comfortable for the duration of your trip (you can wash clothing during the trip, but it’s kind of a pain – you’ll likely just settle for wearing less-than-fresh clothing for longer trips).

If you’re car camping, just bring plenty of clothes and one extra everything. You’ve got the room and you don’t have to carry it – go crazy. In these cases, it’s better to accidentally bring items you won’t use than the reverse.

But if you’re backpacking, you’ll have to figure out a minimal but adequate wardrobe. Everyone’s list will differ, but the following is a good starting point for a two to three-day trip:

  • 1 pair underwear for each day plus 1 spare (this includes whatever “underwear” means to you, including bras, tank tops, boxers, etc.)
  • 1 pair of pants
  • 1 sweater, hoodie or light jacket
  • 1 warm coat
  • 2 or 3 lightweight shirts
  • 2 or 3 pairs socks
  • 1 hat for warm weather
  • 1 warm hat for cold weather
  • 1 pair of nimble gloves
  • 1 pair long underwear
  • 1 bandana
  • 1 pair Slip-on shoes for use around camp, while wading in water, etc.
  • 1 swimsuit
  • 1 pair of sunglasses
  • 1 rain gear set (jacket and pants)
  • 1 pair of hiking boots

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