What to Wear Hiking For Beginners

Are you planning on traveling to ‘hard to reach’ places to capture views of nature? Maybe using your drone or in finding a dark location for the best celestial views? As a newbie to this, where do you start? What gear do you get for an outdoor hike? Here’s a basic hiking gear list.

Who’s This For?

Anyone intending to venture on foot for long excursions, either to capture amazing landscape views, or just for the heck of it — an “escape”. This might mean you are going on…

  • Self-guided ventures
  • Guided tours
  • Multiple day hikes
  • Day hiking or night hiking or both

What to Wear Hiking Tips

What to wear for hiking? Choose hiking clothing to suit the weather and conditions of where you intend going. So research the seasons and the conditions of the location of where you intend travelling. 

In very wet conditions, you may need a lightweight rain jacket or waterproof cape. But do weigh-up whether rain pants are essential, as the more hiking clothes you pack the less room for other backpacking gear.

Hiking shoes with a good pair of merino wool hiking socks are recommended. The best hiking pants for the warm weather conditions are ones that allow ventilation. To survive cold weather, consider a thermal base layer. Make sure to include sun protection. This can include a long sleeve shirt with a high sun protection factor, a hat, and sunscreen lotion.

For mild weather conditions, here is a list of basic hiking essentials to wear or pack for an overnight hike…

Hiking Boots

You may want waterproof protection for your feet. Also, look for footwear that’s breathable and allows some give for a comfortable fit.

Make sure to use the overhand lacing technique for tightening your footwear on downhill treks. One of the things hikers can suffer with from downhill treks is black toenail. This is a bruising of your toe that develops from the movement of your foot up against the toe of the shoe. It is a painful swelling that will need attention if you intend continuing on the trail.

The Scarpa Terra Hiking Boots are Italian handmade. These are oiled full grain leather and completely waterproof. The beauty of leather is that it gives. Scarpa has breathable Gore-tex lining and the sole is Vibram Energy. These weigh 1210 g a pair.

Check out the SCARPA TERRA HIKING BOOTS on Amazon

In Australia? Check the Scarpa Unisex Boots at Wild Earth

Clothing Options

Tip: Consider weight when purchasing and packing. More weight in your hiking backpack will slow you down.

Woollen Socks

Consider a pair of woollen socks to protect your feet. The merino wool option is worth a look. These would be valued by anyone taking a hiking trip as they are breathable. Include a spare pair.

Woollen Beanie

A lightweight woollen beanie will be of value after the sun goes down and the air cools.

Thermal Underwear Set

Thermal wear is also important for the nights. For this you can get thermal hiking leggings.

Wool or Fleece Jumper

Make this lightweight and one that will give you enough warmth. Important for the cool mornings and evenings.

Sun Protection

Have a cotton or felt broad brimmed hat for the day. This type should easily fold for storing in your backpack when not needed.

Look for a lightweight long sleeve shirt with a high sun protection factor 


In your hiking wear, pack a set of spare underwear and a spare t-shirt. Wicking clothing is a good idea.

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3 thoughts on “What to Wear Hiking For Beginners”

  1. Thanks for sharing this helpful information. I’m sure most people can take notes from this article. One thing most people lack experience while hiking. My husband and I have been thinking of going on a hiking trip soon. Well, this post gives us some good ideas for hiking.

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