Today, camping is a $15 billion dollar activity and the beating heart of the outdoors industry. Many people spend their weekends out exploring the wilderness, roasting marshmallows at their favorite RV park, or cozying up in a cabin with their closest friends.
For those who may not be familiar with camping, or who haven’t been family camping in the past, it may be a new concept. When going camping for the first time, there is a lot to consider. Let’s take a look at how you can dress appropriately for your visit to family campsites.
Know the Temperature and Weather
Before you go camping, make sure you check what the weather will be like. If it’s going to be hot out, you need to pack clothing that will be ideal for those toasty temperatures. If it’s going to be cold and rainy, make sure you pack clothing that will withstand those conditions. However, when you check the weather, pay attention to the temperature range and the likelihood of rain during your stay. Because the weather can change so quickly, it’s important to be prepared for anything.
Here are some essential clothing items to bring on camping trips:
- A hat or sunglasses
- Comfortable t-shirts
- Walking shoes
- Rain gear
What Shoes Should You Wear?
For hardcore wilderness camping, you will need a pair of well broken in hiking boots. However, for more laid back family campsites, a normal pair of sneakers or walking shoes is all you need. However, it’s also a good idea to bring a pair of slippers or flip-flops for strolling around your campsite or cabin rental in comfort.
Pack as Little as Possible
When going camping, there’s a chance that you won’t have a ton of space to store all of the items you want to bring. Packing items that can be mixed and matched is key because you will be able to wear multiple items twice without having to risk looking like you’ve been wearing the same clothes for multiple days in a row. Try and pack one or two items per clothing category. For example, only pack one or two pairs of pants, one or two tops, and one or two pairs of shoes. Keep it as minimal as possible.
Pack Layerable Items
Finally, try and pack items that can be layered over or under other items of clothing. If you wear a tank top, throw a long-sleeved shirt over the top. This is key because if you get too hot, you can take the long-sleeved shirt off. If you get too cold, you can always throw the long-sleeved shirt back on.
When it comes to packing for family camping in a cabin or RV park, these are the essential clothes to bring along. Just remember, layering is key and packing as minimally as possible is the best thing you can do.