One of the most important pieces of clothing when hiking is shoes. You don’t have to wear hiking boots to go on a hike, but we do suggest a good, comfortable, and sturdy pair of walking shoes that you’d find at any athletic store. Make sure it has a quality sole with good tread to grip the landscape, unlike a dress shoe! Because you’ll be covering distance, we recommend wearing shoes that have been worn several times.
It’s important to hike in clothes that make you feel comfortable, and weather, of course, plays a factor in deciding how to dress for your adventure. Most people prefer to trek in loose, lightweight clothing. Check the forecast beforehand so you know how to prepare and follow typical layering rules to combat cold temperatures or other elements. If you wear shorts and a tank top, tie a jacket or pullover around your waist. Temperatures drop and weather can change unexpectedly in some hiking locations. This way you’ll be more than prepared. You can add a fashionable flair to your hiking outfit by mixing and matching color or wearing a single good accessory, like a great hat.
Make sure you bring water for your hike, preferably carried in a backpack or strapped to your body to keep your hands free. Baggy pants or shorts with large enough pockets can possibly be an option for carrying water as well. You might also want to bring gum, trail mix, or some type of easy snack in case you get hungry along the trip. A backpack or messenger bag can be ideal to have along for toting insect repellent, sunscreen, lip balm, car keys, cell phone, etc. It’s always ideal to hike with a phone if you can in case of an emergency, particularly if you’re in a more remote location.
We recommend checking out these brands for hiking wear: REI, Northface, and LL Bean.