Outdoor clothing: the fundamentals

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Outdoor clothing: the fundamentals

Clothing essentials for Nordic expeditions

Hiking and hiking in the Nordic countries' natural surroundings and wilderness areas are undoubtedly more pleasurable with the proper outdoor apparel and boots. The following keywords serve as a starting point for selecting the appropriate equipment: Items must be waterproof and windproof, and the textiles must be very breathable and quick-drying. Lightweight could be introduced, although it is far less important as a primary feature. Cotton is also out.

Layers are the outdoor dress code.

It's apt that everyone emphasizes the layering technique, which is, obviously, something of an outdoor mantra - it simply works best. And, of course, the need of layering your clothing applies to all seasons and weather situations, even if your layers are fewer and less insulating in the summer. However, be prepared to encounter changeable weather during the warmer months of the year - the items you are wearing and those in your backpack should get you through an unexpected storm and heavy downpour, as well as shade you from the sun. For an idea of what to bring, see our Day Tour Packing List.


Where do I begin?

Traveling to the Nordic countries necessitates bringing appropriate attire, as businesses are few in the woods... It is entirely up to you how much you will spend on this outdoor wardrobe; it might be anything from a few hundred to several thousand dollars.

Choosing your favorite style is one approach to start constructing your outdoor wardrobe. Some manufacturers create apparel in more conventional forms, while others provide brands that are more technical, current, and fashionable. Another way to look at it is to consider which objects will be used in daily life as well, during those weeks or months when you are excitedly awaiting the moment to return. You might feel that a pricey shell or a premium down jacket is worthwhile because you'll be wearing it downtown as well. Or that some flexible fleece jackets are appropriate for both running and hiking expeditions. There are numerous possibilities available, so start with your budget, then select what design you prefer and which objects will be used at different times. Last but not least, do you want clothing that will last (and hence be worn for several years) or do you prefer a yearly update? And, while these items are necessary, don't skimp on footwear or the outer shell.

Starting from the ground up

As an example, here is a list of outdoor clothing essentials. It is intended to meet the needs of most seasons, with summer serving as the beginning point. Obviously, winter trekking and hiking require special clothing intended for the weather conditions. But don't be misled by the calendar or the season. Summer temperatures in the Nordic countries can range from minus zero at night (in hilly areas) to 30 degrees Celsius in the afternoon, so smart packing is essential. Also, anticipate to be in regions where mosquitoes thrive. Dress to protect yourself; failing to do so may result in more stings than anticipated. Shorts or skirts are acceptable only when it is hot and mosquitoes are on vacation.

Summer necessities for warm weather clothing

In the summer, pick quick-drying and moisture-wicking synthetic fabrics or extremely light merino wool; in colder weather, choose wool hiking trousers.

long sleeve shirt short sleeve shirt

second layer: a fleece pullover, hoodie, or jacket

outer layer: a light shell that is waterproof and windproof.

(Depending on where you live) rain pants

Light synthetic or down jacket as an insulating layer

trekking boots or shoes

Hiking socks: Wear a pair of liner socks under your hiking socks to reduce blisters and improve comfort.

a light neck gaiter (buff)/scarf/headband or a cap (optional hat)

Optional necessities

pants for base layering (for use in the tent)

Camp shoes (soft shoes with no or only a very light sole, especially suitable for use in the tent)

Gaiters (to keep hiking boots and pants from getting too wet and dirty, especially in the spring)

Basic clothes (winter's cold-weather needs)

base layer/underwear: merino wool long underwear top and long johns

second or mid-layer: light to medium weight fleece or'real' fleece, which means (once more) Third/insulating layer: down or synthetic jacket, preferably light because it must fit over the mid-layer and beneath your outer shell jacket.

fourth layer/outer shell: the last layer must protect you from wind, water (snow), and cold.

a balaclava, a neck gaiter, and a warm cap (preferably one that covers your ears)

mittens or gloves, and once again: liners will suffice

a vest made of wool, fleece, or down-filled material

a skirt that insulates: Wear over your pants knee gaiters and wrist gaiters for extra warmth, whether synthetic or down-filled.

Wear and tear will reveal what works and why, all in due course, based on your preferences!

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