#06 Take Sufficient Clothing

This video is from NZ Mountain Safety Council.

In this video you will learn what clothing you’ll need to take with you when heading outdoors. The trick to dressing for the outdoors is to wear breathable light-weight clothing, and to always take a waterproof layer. You’ll also learn about what to wear on your feet if you’re heading out for a tramp as well as the advantages of gaiters.

The careful selection of clothing and is vital to your comfort and enjoyment.

Personal clothing
Changing weather conditions makes the selection of clothing different. The solution lies wearing layers of clothing, adding or removing layers according to the weather and the amount of physical exertion being undertaken.

Insulation is provided by the air trapped between the fibres of the cloth and between the layers of garments. Therefore two light jumpers provide more warmth than one jumper twice as heavy.

Shoes should be light with soles thick enough to prevent sharp stones being felt and to absorb the pounding associated with bush walking. New shoes need breaking-in before the hike.

Socks have to cushion the feet, absorb perspiration and provide insulation.

Cotton underwear is the better choice. Use thermal underwear if conditions are cold.

A polo type shirt with a collar to shield the neck from the sun. In colder conditions long sleeved flannelette. In hot conditions wear a long sleeved cotton shirt with a collar.

Wear loose, cotton army-type pants. No Denim jeans – they are cut too tight, give little protection in wind and rain, become heavy when wet and take a long time to dry.

A wide brim hat in the warmer months. In the cold months a wool or synthetic ‘beanie’.

Wet weather clothing
A light waterproof jacket to protect against the elements. The jacket must be large enough to accommodate all the clothing you are likely to wear underneath and long enough to come well down over the hips. A hood, adjustable cuffs and a waist draw-cord will provide maximum control of air circulation.