Favorite Fall Activity: Camping Essentials

Camping Essentials

Whenever you go camping, you never know what the weather will be like. This in-between time, after summer and before winter, means it may be hot and dry one day, and cold and rainy – even snowy – the next.

You need to prepare for whatever the weather and conditions are by ensuring you have the right clothing and footwear. Packing the right boots, jackets, and other gear will make all the difference in enjoying a cozy and comfortable camping adventure or being miserable because you did not bring the proper wardrobe.

Boots and Shoes

Probably one of the most important items you need to pack is proper footwear. You will need some sturdy shoes that are suitable for the woods and hiking. You will need a pair of quality boots that will keep your feet warm and dry should the weather turn bad.

One good choice is the Sorel Ankeny Elk Stout boot for men. This footwear offers not only great protection when the weather turns cold, but it also looks great, too. The textile mesh lining will keep your feet dry and warm, while the removable molded EVA insert gives you terrific heel and arch support.

A practical yet stylish woman’s boot for camping is the b.o.c Women’s Saturn, with faux leather uppers and a plaid collar around the top. There is a rubber outsole, and the heel is about 1½ inches.

Some women prefer a mid-height boot. If you are one of them, try the b.o.c. Women’s Cybele that has chic straps and buckles, with a side zipper, that make them very easy to put on and take off. They are lightweight, too, and have a padded insole.

Hats for Outdoor Activites

Hats

If you want to stay warm, you need a hat. According to the U.S. Army field manual, you lose 40-45% of your body’s heat through your head. This makes bringing a hat along critical when you go on a camping trip. Hats also protect you from getting sunburn on your face or head.

Hats are small and easy to pack, so there is no reason why you can’t bring several with you on your trip. A ball cap is great for keeping you from getting sunburn.

When it is overcast and cold, an easy and stylish way to keep your head warm is wearing a beanie. For example, for women, the North Face Denali Thermal Beanie is a great fashion addition for camping or any cold fall day. It is lightweight and comes in pink, gray, white, or black. Reasonably priced, you can pick up a couple so that, no matter what you wear, your beanie will match it.

Gloves

Make sure that you bring a couple of pairs of gloves with you when you go camping. If it is late fall or you know that an early snow is possible, ensure you have a pair of warm, lined mittens that will keep your whole hand warm. You might want to consider something that is also waterproof.

For less harsh camping climate extremes, pack a pair of insulated suede or leather gloves. Remember, you will be camping, and you will need something that offers good protection to your hands while at the same time keeps them warm.

Fall Jackets

Sweaters and Jackets

Sweaters are very practical items to pack for any camping trip. Even in the summer, the weather can turn chilly at night. In the fall, on a nice day, a sweater will keep you warm but not encumber you while walking the trails.

You will need at least two jackets: one lightweight and one substantially heavier. During the day, you can layer your clothing, maybe a sweater and jacket, or even a hunting vest and jacket.

You need the heavier jacket for the brisker night air or for that frosty morning.

Rain Gear

Rain is part of camping. Be prepared by storing a poncho and or slicker, along with the rest of your camping gear.

Bring along a rain jacket, too, and make sure it has features such as a stow-away hood, adjustable cuffs, and drawcords to keep it snug if the wind is blowing.

Many are light enough that they can be folded when not in use.

Final Thoughts

While you may not scrimp on food or hiking gear, don’t make the mistake of forgetting to pack the right clothing. You never know when an extra pair of boots, a rain parka, a sweater, or gloves will come in handy.

 

Everything You Need for a Rainy Day

Essential Gear for Rainy Days

The alarm rings, and you grumpily hit snooze. Time to start your day, but you’re not ready to leave the warm comfort of your bed just yet. Finally, as you push yourself up and look out the window, you discover gray clouds showering your day with rain.

Those mornings aren’t always the most pleasant, but making sure you’re dressed for the weather can help your day run a lot smoother. And we’re not just talking about throwing on a poncho before leaving the house. Including essential, yet fashionable, rain gear for your wardrobe will help make every day like a warm, sun-shiny day in Florida.

The Trench Coat

This rainy day staple provides a classic look for men and women. Not only will the length protect you and your outfit from the harsh elements, but it will also elongate the figure. While trench coats come in a variety of styles and materials, not all can withstand the rain. The classic trench coat is double breasted. People with smaller frames can opt for single-breasted coats so as not to appear swallowed by the fabric.

Most trench coats impermeable to water are made from either wool gabardine or treated cotton. Wool gabardine is a densely woven material that is lightweight (more or less) and provides insulation. The cotton trench coats are much lighter; however, they must be treated or woven with water resistant materials and fibers.

Any material besides these will result in your outfit getting soaked by the downpour. And, of course, the longer the coat, the more protected you will be. Color-wise, neutrals provide a classic and sophisticated style, while boldly colored wool coats have also become trendy.

Pants

No matter the occasion (unless it’s a wedding), pants are always recommended for a gray, rainy day. Without a proper jacket or pair of shoes, a good pair of pants will always save the day. No pant material can repel water unless you’re big on coated nylon trousers. However, depending on your day, pretty much any other pant material will do. Thicker materials like denim, corduroy, and khaki become very heavy once wet. A lighter material, like knit, will dry faster.

Rain Boots

The Rain Boot

Wearing the rain boot casually is a common trend in cities with lots of rainfall. These rubber boots have evolved from your playground yellow booties to designer shoes with comfy insoles.

Great for women and men, rain boots have become a stylish and versatile clothing item necessary for all your spring showers.

The unique style of the rain boots allows them to stand on their own with any outfit. Slip these on to get to work, and pack away your leather shoes for when you arrive at the office. The best part is that, since gaining mainstream popularity in recent years, the boots now come in a variety of colors and shapes. Anyone can find the right boots for their unique style. These shoes are also great for protection from mud and snow.

Duck Boots

Umbrellas vs. Hats

No matter the kind of hair and how many products it is treated with, ‘do’s will turn into humidity frizz monsters in the rain. Here’s where head protection becomes key. Umbrellas are a rainy day staple, yet choosing the right one is a feat many of us have yet to win.

Generally, there are two types: collapsible and non-collapsible. The non-collapsible have larger canopies and, in turn, provide a larger area of protection. Meanwhile, the collapsible are meant to be compact and, therefore, have smaller canopies that provide less protection.

The sweet spot in between depends on the user and his or her needs. If it only drizzles here and there, a compact collapsible umbrella would be the better way to go. The best alternative is this wind-powered air umbrella being developed with an adjustable canopy.  

Hats, also, offer a fair amount of protection from the rain with style. Hats can also hide any unwanted frizz caused by the humidity. A wider brim, made from a dense wool material, offers more protection all around and is water resistant.

The Bubble Jacket

Once the horror of middle school on a rainy day, the bubble jacket has made a comeback in recent years. Usually made from water resistant material, like vinyl, the bubble jacket offers insulated protection for your upper body.

This diverse garment is great for men and women, either glam or sporty. The jackets are made with turtlenecks for hoods and offer extra protection for the neck and head. The higher quality insulation, like down, is warmer and better for colder weather with lots of wind.