Packing the Best Clothes for Camping: 7 Ideas to Save Your Trip

Choosing the best clothes for camping means taking everything into consideration, including where you’re camping, what activities you’re planning for your trip, and what time of year you want to camp. A hunting outing to the Adirondack Mountains in the late fall and a camping trip in the balmy haze of the Louisiana summer will demand seriously different clothing choices.

While you should always tailor what you pack to your own specific needs, we’re here to give you a few overarching tips on how to bring the best clothes for camping. Be sure to pack the following:

  1.  More Essentials Than You Need

Okay, so you’ve already packed the amount of undergarments and socks that you would regularly use in the time that you’ll be away—now double it. Well, maybe not double, but definitely take extras. You don’t want to be a long way from home without a dry pair of socks because you stepped into a stream that was deeper than you expected. Don’t be sparing with the essentials—you’ll thank us later.

  1. A Lightweight Sweater or Hoodie


Perfect for keeping off a slight chill or for layering underneath heavy jackets, lightweight sweaters and hoodies naturally make our list of the best clothes for camping. Huddle around the campfire in one of our cardigan sweaters, full-zip hoodies, or pullovers, all available in a variety of colors for both men and women.

  1. Water-Resistant Clothing

No matter what the forecast says, sometimes weather is just unpredictable, and no one wants to be caught in the great outdoors unprepared. Some of the best clothes for camping are water-resistant items: a pair of rain boots, a water-resistant windbreaker or jacket, or even a pocket poncho. You may not need all three, but having at least one option on hand can completely save your day.

  1. Warm Headwear


Whether you’re planning a camping trip in the heat of summer or the chill of fall, headwear is always a must-have—the only thing up for discussion is which type your trip requires, and sometimes you’ll need more than one. No matter what time of year you plan your trip for, those windy nights can get colder than you think—and if you plan on camping anytime during the offseason, then the daytime can be quite cold, too.


To make sure that you maintain a healthy body temperature, one of the best things you can do is pack a warm hat, like our cabled beanie with pom at The District®—so make sure to add one to your packing list!

  1. A Trusty Baseball Cap

If you’re not worried about keeping off the chill, then a typical baseball cap may be more up your alley, like our thick stitch cap at The District®—and no, we’re not just adding baseball caps to our list to add some sporty flair your camping attire. In fact, baseball caps can be quite functional.


Think about it; they’ll keep the sun out of your eyes while you’re getting in your early morning hike, fishing with your buddies, or trying to get that little bit of shut eye in the warm afternoon. Don’t let a bright day strike you out.

  1. Seasonal/Activity-Focused Gear

As mentioned earlier, some of your best clothes for camping can only be determined by the season your trip takes place in and the activities you have on your itinerary. If you’re camping near a lake or beach and swimming and canoeing are on your to-do list, then you’ll want to bring a swimsuit and a pair of flip flops. If you’re planning a camping trip in the colder months, or far from the Equator, then you’ll want to pack a heavy coat and a pair of gloves.

  1. Your Favorite Loungewear

Who says that you can’t bring the comforts of home to your camping trip? You can rough it in your loungewear—you know, at night, in the comfort of your expertly pitched tent! Whether your favorite loungewear consists of a pair of old sweatpants and your favorite District® tee or an oversized onesie, we say bring them along! Some of the best clothes for camping are also your best clothes for unwinding after a tough day—they’ll help you make the most of your night, no matter where you are.

Contact Us Today!

Now that you know what some of the best clothes for camping are, it’s time to get packing! Gather up the essentials that you already have at home, and for everything else, look no further than The District®. For any questions about which of your camping needs are currently in our inventory, feel free to contact us today!