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Selecting the Right Camping Apparel For a Great Outdoor Experience

Sep 14, 2008
If you have ever gone camping with the wrong type of clothing, then you already know what a disaster it can be to head into the "wilds" unprepared for various weather patterns. Camping while wearing your regular street clothes and assuming it will be enough to keep you warm or dry will quickly change your mind.

Clothing you use every day just isn't sufficient to keep you comfortable and protect you from the elements you normally face when camping. This is especially true if you opt to camp in a mountainous region where daytime temperatures can be very warm and night is surprisingly chilly.

Clothing Technology

The technology in camping clothes is very sophisticated compared to years ago. There are many aspects to camping clothes that really do help when you are outside for a significant portion of the day and are made specifically for that type of environment.

The materials themselves are advanced now, with most allowing water from natural elements, as well as sweat, to escape without entering the fabric. This is a great help for the inevitable rain that comes during some of your camping adventures.

Staying Dry

Moisture is generally one of the biggest problems campers face, making them uncomfortable and cold at night. The newer materials - such as laminates and coatings made of micro porous fabrics - keep this moisture out to help you remain warm and dry.

Monolithic membranes also allow the water to escape while preventing any additional moisture from entering the clothing. It uses body heat that you naturally generate to get rid of water vapor. So even as you are hard at work, the sweat you have will dissipate because of your natural heat.

Popular Materials

Another set of options for clothing material rests between nylon and polyester. Both are very popular with campers, with newer polyester material usage growing rapidly along with other standard camping apparel.

Each provides durability and are very "breathable" material, but polyester keeps you warmer. It really depends which time of the year you decide to go camping as to which one you would likely prefer.

Trying to Remain Warm

Down filled materials that are purchased with regularity by campers are not as efficient an option as the newer materials. Although they keep you very warm, wetness that seeps in will remain for a very long time, making you uncomfortable until you change. You are best served by synthetic clothes that provide just as much warmth and are capable of drying more quickly than down.

When you head out for a camping trip, it is important for the enjoyment of your trip to be comfortable. Once you have your clothing on, you want it to be one of the last things on your mind so you are better able to enjoy your overall outdoor experience. There is little worse than spending a few miserable days outside stuffed inside clothing that makes you wish you were back home.

So, the next time you plan your camping trip, take a little extra time to look for clothes that are specifically geared to camping so that you are able to remain comfortable, warm, and dry.
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