There are a few guidelines to remember when it comes to clothing for outdoor trips:Cotton is Rotten:
As a general rule, avoid cotton for all of your clothing. When wet, cotton does not keep you warm and is difficult to dry out. Instead, use wool or synthetic fabrics that will dry quickly. Most athletic clothing is made of synthetic fabrics. This includes socks, underwear, pants, shirts, etc.
Use Layers: 3 layers will help keep students comfortable and warm
- Wicking layer: thin, synthetic underwear (tops and bottoms)
- Warm layer: fleece/wool jacket and pants
- Weather layer: waterproof or waterproof-breathable jacket (with a hood) and pants
Plan to dress in layers. In this way, you can stay comfortable while moving and be able to layer up at times when you stop (at breaks and in camp). On a cold day, typical layering might be long underwear bottoms and nylon pants along with a long underwear shirt, a polyester shirt, a fleece sweater, and a rain jacket on top. Wool socks, a warm hat, and wool or fleece gloves will top things off. On a warm day, nylon shorts and a polyester t-shirt might be sufficient. Even on a hot day, a cotton t-shirt will be soaked with sweat and will cause over-cooling when activity stops. It gets cool at night, so be prepared for a wide range of temperatures.