10 garments and accessories to wear in nature
Text: Mikael vallin
Illustration: Ebba lundberg
The jacket you wear is your greatest protection against the elements. It also needs to be comfortable to move in even when you are wearing a backpack. It should also have good breathability so that you do not get wet from the inside from perspiration.
Even at the beginning of autumn, a hat is always good to have with you. If you are going to stay out overnight, this is necessary if you want to stay comfortably warm. Cashmere is just as good in nature as it is in the urban jungle.
A shirt is always a winning garment, worn on top of some base layers of functional garments to transport moisture away from the body. If you get warm, you can unbutton the shirt and roll up the sleeves.
Your trousers should be comfortable to walk in, withstand wind and a certain amount of moisture. In nature, you often spend a large amount of time sitting on rocks and logs, whereupon reinforcements in exposed areas such as the knees and back are a plus.
Whether you're only going to be out for a few hours or a day, a rucksack that relieves the weight of your packed items well is always the superior choice of bag.
No matter what shoes you wear, the function of your feet always starts with good socks. Always bring an extra pair if you need to dry the first pair over the fire to avoid shoes rubbing against your skin.
For shorter day, a pair of sturdy running sneakers is often a sufficiently stable and good choice of shoes. A water-repellent upper is very practical in wet marshland and moors.
Sturdy, stable boots are the obvious choice if you are going on a long hike. Especially if you are carrying a lot of equipment. Here is a great opportunity to be style conscious when choosing shoes that lift the rest of the functional clothing, even if the function of the shoes is the most important of all the clothes you wear.
You will thank yourself if you pack a pair of thin gloves to wear during late nights and early mornings. They can also be comfortable to wear whilst you sleep.