From first time hikers to pros, you know hiking outfits aren’t complete without these items! Weather can be unpredictable so you want to be prepared for anything. Make sure all your bases are covered before your next outdoor adventure starts.
1. Smart Wool Socks
If you’re going to be hiking (no matter how many miles), you need to make sure your feet are protected! Start with good thick socks to help prevent rubbing or blistering. Nothing is worse than walking in boots with blisters.
2. Darn Tough Socks
Your feet will take a beating when hiking, so make sure you’re dressed appropriately! Taller socks make sure the ankle is covered as well as the foot. Don’t worry about the socks showing, it’s a part of the style.
3. Tall Hiking Boots
You never know what you are going to come across while hiking. Creeks, mud and bushes are all a part of the experience! Feel secure in crossing anything that comes your way with tall hiking boots. You can wear them with shorts or tuck your pant legs into them.
4. Timberland Boots
Did you know you can actually hike in Timberland’s, they’re not just for show! These boots are super durable and can handle the terrain of any hike. Plus they come in many colors so you can choose the ones that you like best.
5. Duck Boots
These boots were meant for being outdoors. Rain or mud, they have you covered while keeping feet dry. The traditional tan and navy combo goes with just about any of the hiking outfits you can come up with!
6. Hiking Shoes
If boots aren’t your thing, make sure you invest in a good pair of hiking shoes! You want something that will grip the ground to prevent slips and trips. It’s always a plus if they are waterproof because you never know what to expect during an outdoor adventure.
7. Hiking Sandals
When the weather turns warmer, consider switching your boots out for hiking sandals! They are plenty strappy, which provides stability when you start on the trails. Plus they are versatile enough to go with other outfits besides hiking outfits!
8. Athletic Shorts
When you’re going on an outdoor adventure, you want to be comfy right? Right. So make sure you have a pair of athletic shorts in your closet. They are perfect for any outing and are lightweight enough to keep you cool as well!
9. Biker Shorts
Great news, biking shorts aren’t only for biking! They make a great addition to hiking outfits. They are a little longer than regular shorts, only more formfitting. Feel confident during your hike knowing you look like a pro athlete.
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10. Cargo Pants
While these technically aren’t shorts, cargo pants should be in your hiking wardrobe. They provide additional protection on trickier trails and bug bites (not today mosquitoes!). Cargo pants also keep you warm when the colder weather sets in.
11. Matching Leggings
If you are hiking through the woods, you might as well cute while doing it! Matching sets are so cute and comfortable. Since they are a set, you don’t have to spend time searching in your closet for something to piece together.
12. Cropped Leggings
On those in between weather days, sometimes coming up with hiking outfits can be hard. Cropped leggings are the answer you’ve been waiting for. They are the perfect balance of staying cool and keeping your legs protected on the trail.
13. High Waisted Leggings
Everyone feels a little better in high waisted leggings. They keep everything contained and they make wearing crop tops a little more bearable. So grab your favorite pair and get ready to hit the trails!
14. Open Back Tank
Let it all hang out! Just kidding, but open back tank tops are super convenient when hiking. On those super warm days or tough trails, you can work up a sweat. This style of tank tops is sure to keep you cool when that happens.
15. Graphic Tank
Did you even go for a hike if you don’t post a picture? The answer is yes, but you might as well brag about it anyways. Look cute and collected when you post your picture (before you’re sweaty) of your outdoor adventure.
16. Athletic Tank
If you want to just enjoy your hike without any fuss, the athletic tank is for you. You’re all about comfort versus style and you’re not ashamed of that! Add to that, these style of top is perfect to layer an outfit with.
17. Outdoorsy Long Sleeves
Really get in the mood of being out in nature with an outdoorsy long sleeve top. Not only are they super cute, but they are great for cooler days. This style of top also helps prevent rubbing if you’re carrying a backpack as well.
18. Dri-fit Long Sleeves
When you know you have an all day hike coming up, maybe consider throwing on a dri-fit long sleeve. It will help regulate your body temperature as you go through the day. Depending on the weather, it also makes for a great layering piece!
19. Plaid Long Sleeve
Nothing feels as good as your favorite flannel (that’s right we said it!). Make it a part of your hiking outfits so you’ll have it if you need it. You can wear it under a vest or tie it around your waist, so it’s a good thing to have on hand.
20. Crew Neck Sweatshirts
When you’re in the great outdoors, you need to dress the part. That means making sure you have crew neck sweatshirt in your hiking wardrobe. Mother nature has a mind of her own, so you never know when the weather can change.
21. Oversized Sweaters
Sometimes you just want to be super comfy and you definitely will be in an oversized sweater. They go great with pants or shorts (slouchy cute). Pair with your hiking boots for the perfect cold weather hiking outfit!
22. Hoodie Sweatshirt
The hoodie is great for those days when the weather is trying to make up it’s mind if it’s going to be nice or not. Layer in under a jacket or wrap it around your waist. Plus you have a hood in case the weather goes south.
23. Patagonia Quarter Zip
Patagonia has certainly made it’s mark in the outdoor wear market. Almost everyone knows their name and their trade mark quarter zip. It’s great for those outdoor adventures that might extend to an all day outing!
24. Sherpa Quarter Zip
Feel warm and cozy as you’re hiking on local trails or take it a step further by visiting state parks. No matter where you end up, you’ll be prepared with a sherpa quarter zip as part of your hiking outfit!
25. Quilted Vests
Adding a vest to hiking outfits is adding on the final touch. They complete any outfit and add a certain pizzazz to them. Plus many have pockets so you can store items like chapsticks or snacks in them, for when you need them on the trails.
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26. Puffer Vest
You can’t go wrong with a good puffer vest. Not only do they keep you warm, they also act as the perfect catch all for all your items. Vests keep your phone and wallet secured so you can go about your outdoor adventure, not having to worry about losing anything!
27. Wind Breaker Jackets
When you near the top of the trial (yay) the weather changes. Be prepared for whatever you find up there with a wind breaker jacket. They stop the wind from cutting right through you, so you enjoy enjoy your moment of triumph.
28. Rain Slicker Jackets
If you ever hiked before you know the weather can change rapidly in the woods or forest. It’s always better to be over prepared then under prepared. So make sure to have rain slicker on hand it case the skies decide to open up on you.
29. Overnight Hiking Bag
When you want to bring everything but the kitchen sink with you on a hiking trip, you need a backpack that can carry it all. Overnight/camping backpacks make hiking with everything on your back a little easier. They distribute the weight so you can still get where you want to go!
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30. Day Trip Bag
Whether you’re going out with girlfriends or your best furry friends, you need a backpack to complete your hiking outfit. Carry the necessities with you but still have your hands free to hold leashes or pose for selfies.
From head to toe, these items will make planning a hiking outfit so much easier! What are your must have hiking items? Comment and share with us below!
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