That’s why I decided it’s about time someone made a few guidelines for what is appropriate for the great outdoors. Obviously, these guidelines are going to be pretty broad, but hopefully they’ll help you next time you want to try something new!
For things like kayaking, lake trips, or any other trips in that genre, I suggest wearing athletic clothes that dry quickly, possibly overtop of a swimsuit. However, generally I don’t suggest wearing only a swimsuit unless you’re 100% sure swimming is the only thing you’ll be doing. Personally, I hate kayaking in swim attire, and usually I wear running shorts and a tank with an extra set of dry clothes in the car for the ride home. Also, leave the nice tennis shoes or foam-cushioned slides at home and opt for something you can get wet. Whether that be a pair of sneakers, flip flops, or actual water shoes, ( You can get this pair for $13) you’re better off soaking those with stinky lake water than your brand new Nikes. And finally, an old hat or one that is water resistant will keep you cool while you’re out (just steer clear of dark hats, they’ll heat you up even more).
Let’s say you’re planning on exploring some rougher terrain. Whether you’re going on a relaxed hike or four wheeling through the mud, long sleeves are ideal. I know that short sleeves keep you cool, but a thin, light-colored long sleeve shirt paired with jeans or other long pants will protect your skin. Not only will you be safe if you would take a tumble, but you’re also protected from sunburn and bug bites as well! I would also suggest wearing boots or tennis shoes that come up a little higher than normal. That way, you won’t have to worry about twisting an ankle!
But maybe you’re going out to enjoy a more leisurely activity, or something a little more organized like golf or tennis. If that’s the case, you might want to lean more towards khaki shorts and polo shirts than boots and jeans. You might want to bring a hat or sun visor, because a few hours out on the green can really get you frying. You will probably also want to pick out shoes that are comfortable and clean, rather than muddy and trashed.
Author: Melissa Johnson
Melissa is an adventurous college student that loves being outside. She also loves making art and doing crafty DIYs. Whether you’re a thrill-seeking adrenaline junky or someone just looking to appreciate nature, this blog has everything an adventurer needs! Make sure to follow the blog and come back often!