What to Wear Hiking in Summer

Summer is the perfect season for hiking, because it has long warm days that are ideal for exploring the great outdoors. However, challenges like the hot sun and annoying bugs can distract from the fun experience of hiking. Because of this, wearing the right clothing is essential to stay protected. Breathable, moisture wicking fabrics, comfortable hiking shirts, and light but durable pants can help to protect you from the sun and pests, while also keeping you stylish. Proper footwear like the perfect pair of hiking boots as also crucial. So today, I’m excited to share a round up of items that will make your summer hikes not only fun but comfortable. Stay tuned for these essentials that will ensure you’re well equipped to enjoy those summer days outside.

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What to Wear Hiking in Summer

Summer is just around the corner, and many of us are getting ready for hiking adventures. I’m excited to share some essential pieces to add to your summer hiking wardrobe. From durable hiking pants and moisture wicking shirts to sturdy hiking boots and wide brimmed hats for sun protection, I’ve got you covered. Check out the recommendations below to ensure you’re ready for the trails this season.

Hiking Pants

Athleta High Rise Cargo Pant - What to Wear Hiking in Summer

Athleta High Rise Cargo Pant

Hiking pants are a must-have for your summer adventures. It’s important to invest in high quality pairs that can handle the elements. I’m currently loving these cargo pants from Athleta. They’re available in various colors and are perfect for the trail. When choosing hiking pants, look for lightweight and quick drying materials that won’t overheat you, yet provide enough coverage to protect you from the sun and bugs.

Hiking Shirts

Anine Bing Cotton Graphic T-Shirt

When choosing hiking shirts for the summer, it’s essential to opt for comfortable, lightweight options that help manage the heat. Consider a breathable tank top or a cotton T-shirt. For example, this cute T-shirt from Anine Bing is not only stylish but is also 100% cotton and breathable. It’s also a good idea to look for shirts with moisture wicking properties to keep you dry and comfortable on your hike.

hiking shirt - What to Wear Hiking in Summer

Hiking boots

hiking boots - What to Wear Hiking in Summer

Hunter Explorer Hiking Boots

Hiking boots are essential for any trail adventure because they provide support for your feet and ankles, helping you to feel comfortable throughout your hike. For those who prefer trail running or lighter hikes, hiking sneakers are a great alternative, offering flexibility and lighter weight. However, if you’re opting for more challenging hikes or want additional support, go for sturdy hiking boots.

Hiking Shorts

Lululemon High Rise Cargo Shorts

In the summer heat, sometimes it’s more comfortable to opt for hiking shorts instead of pants. Shorts are great for keeping you cooler as you tackle the trails. I particularly love hiking shorts that come with practical features like pockets. A great option are these shorts from Lululemon, available in black as well. They’re great if you’re looking for shorts with both style and functionality for your summer hikes.

hiking shorts from lululemon

Hiking Sweaters and long sleeves

Hiking Sweaters and long sleeves

Varley Half-Zip Knit

Having a lightweight hiking sweater or long sleeve shirt is beneficial not only for warmth in cooler weather but also for extra sun protection during sunny hikes. A lightweight knit or long sleeve top is a great choice for layering. For example, this 100% cotton knit from Varley is the perfect option that combines comfort with practicality. Also, be sure to check out my Varley Clothing Review for more on why I love this brand. They offer a range of comfortable outfit essentials, including shorts and tops that would be perfect for summer hiking or even for traveling.

Hiking Socks

Alo Unisex Throwback Socks

Hiking socks are crucial for keeping your feet comfortable during long hikes. They provide extra cushioning, which can greatly reduce discomfort. Additionally, good hiking socks help protect your feet from bugs and dirt, keeping you feeling good throughout your hike. Investing in a quality pair of hiking socks can make all the difference in your hiking experience, ensuring your feet stay protected and comfortable no matter the distance.

Hiking Socks

Hiking Hats

Hiking Hats

Jacquemus Bucket Hat

Having a hiking sun hat is essential for protecting yourself from the sun’s harsh rays. Whether you choose a wide brim hat for more coverage or a simple baseball cap, both provide sun protection for your face and neck. A good sun hat not only shields you from UV rays but also helps reduce the risk of sunburn and heat exhaustion during long outdoor activities. It’s a must-have accessory for any summer hiker.

Hiking Jackets

Mackage Kalea Rain Jacket

It’s also a good idea to keep a hiking jacket on hand, particularly a rain jacket or windbreaker, to prepare for sudden summer rainstorms. These pieces tend to have quick drying material and moisture-wicking properties. And a lot of options are designed to be packable, which means they’re lightweight and compact enough to easily fit into your backpack. This makes them ideal for a summer hike and to easily fit in your bag.

Hiking Jackets

hiking activewear

hiking activewear

Beyond Yoga Bike Shorts

When hiking, especially in the summer, opting for activewear can sometimes make you feel more comfortable. Pieces like running shorts and yoga tanks are excellent choices as they are designed to handle sweat and keep you cool while being active. They will overall provide you with flexibility and breathability needed for trails or even other outdoor summer activities. They’re also a great option to wear under other layers for a cooler summer day.

Hiking Sun Protection

Salt & Stone SPF 30

It’s always important to protect your skin from the sun’s harmful rays, but especially when hiking. Applying a good sunscreen to your face, body, and lips is essential, and it’s important not to forget to reapply throughout the day. Products like this one from Salt and Stone are perfect to keep your skin safe. Remember, consistent application is key to keeping your skin healthy while you enjoy the great outdoors.

Hiking Sun Protection

Hiking Bags

Hiking Bags

Athleta Excursion Backpack

Bringing a hiking bag on your summer adventures is essential for staying well equipped with necessities like water, sunscreen, and snacks. It’s important to choose a bag that is comfortable to carry, with features like padded shoulder straps and multiple compartments for easy organization. There are many great options designed specifically for summer hiking, offering lightweight and breathable materials to keep you cool. A great hiking bag will not only enchance your comfort but also will help you stay hydrated and ensures you have everything you need right at your fingertips.

Summer Hiking Outfit Inspiration

Shop My Summer Hiking Essentials

Shop my summer hiking essentials below! From comfortable shorts to durable water bottles and practical bags, I’ve got everything you need for your adventures. Whether you’re hitting the trails for a day hike or embarking on a longer excursion, these essentials will help ensure you’re well-prepared and equipped for any challenge. Don’t miss out on gearing up with the best items for your summer outdoor activities!

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