The Dressing Must-Haves While In Wilderness


A successful backpacking trip is all about proper planning. It can be as important as planning the trail, keeping the terrain or the climate in mind or it can be as minute as packing the right clothes for the adventure.

The dressing requirements of a backpacking trip vary from that of any other adventure. So, if you don’t pack it right; a possible mess awaits you!


Pack It Right

Pack your clothes inside the backpack with the top folded over. Put all the heaviest items closer to you and near the top. All the rain gears, snow gears, etc should be kept at a place where they would be easily reachable. A zip-top bag is preferable.

Now, here are the


Dressing requirements for your trip

Layer 1: Outerwear

It is the first line of warriors against the external elements. Not only should it repel the snow or the rain, it should also be light enough so that perspiration doesn’t build up inside. In wet weather, something totally waterproof with sealed seams and zipper guards and cinchable hoods are preferred. To give vent to the sweat, armpit zips, mesh pockets and waist draw cords will be beneficial. If you are backpacking in a drier area, something that is windproof will suffice.

Layer 2: Insulation

The first layer will prevent you from the elements, but the second layer will keep you warm. This part is very important.

“Your choices range from synthetic fleeces of various weights and thicknesses to plain old wool, to down, to a host of high-loft synthetics like Polar-guard, Micro-loft, and Primaloft, to name only a few.”


The best choice for wet weather is synthetic pile and fleece…they are breathable and easy to ventilate. They also trap the heat by absorbing very little water.

When it is freezing winter conditions, a light down jacket is what you need.

Layer 3: Underwear

While out in the wilderness, you don’t need anything fancy! In terms of underwear, what you need is

“high-performance fabric that will wick moisture away from your skin, so you stay dry and comfortable–especially important when you’re working up a sweat in the cold mountain air.”

Just remember one Golden Rule: No Cotton.

You can opt for polyester, or some anti-microbial fibers which eliminate any pungent smell. However, wool is the recent popular fabric.

Certain other backpacking requirements are:


  • A hat
  • Gloves
  • Wind shirt—they  are highly breathable and water resistant
  • Hiking pants
  • Hiking socks
  • Sleep cocks
  • Waterproof socks
  • Shoes

Keep your backpack light. A heavy backpack can be dragging and exhausting! Just don’t forget to take the dressing essentials!





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