What to Wear Camping in the Summer


The other day I was in a conversation with a friend. My friends brother invited her & her husband to go camping. My friend agreed to go. Then asked me what to wear camping in the summer? I said I would take summer wear and a few extras. Take a look at my recommendations.

So if your wondering What to wear camping in the summer: What to wear camping in the summer.

  • Clothing that the material is breathable
  • Shorts
  • Short sleeves shirts
  • under garments
  • Sun hat, Visor
  • Under garments
  • Swim wear
  • Suntan Lotion
  • Sunglasses
  • Extra clothing for inclement weather
  • Light weight shoes such as sandals

This is a very general list. But if you want to get a better idea of some things that I wear camping and recommend you do too. Then read on….

Summertime Camping Wear

Most of the time when you go camping it is going to be in the summertime. Or at the beginning of the fall weather. Which of course depending where you are living will dictate what clothes you will wear for each season.

But there are some things you want to keep in mind when camping in the summer. The style of clothing long sleeve short sleeve, cut off. How thick the clothing is. Is it material that is breathable. Does it wick off the sweat? All these things should be taking in to account when choosing summer camping attire.


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Breathable Material for Summer Clothing

You want clothing that is made to keep you from sweating too much. According to ejisinc news blog Breathable fabrics allow air to flow through them easily.

there are several different materials that will keep you from sweating too much, which speeds up sweat evaporation. Source

So if you sweat a lot you need a breathable material to help keep you dry. Here is what I found. The most widely used materials are:

  1. Cotton – Cotton is one of the most breathable material and great for lots of attire. And great for camping in the summer. It will help keep you cool. But instead of wicking away sweat it absorbs it. So your shirt or shorts will become saturated.
  2. Polyester – 3 good things about polyester. First off it is lightweight. It wicks off moisture and it is breathable. Polyester will actually keep you dry on a hot summers day of camping.
  3. Silk – This is a good choice for your underwear. Silk is breathable and lightweight.
  4. Denim – Is made of closely wound cotton. So denim will keep you cool. And it is a breathable material.
  5. Rayon – Has lots of thin fibers put together so that it makes the garment lite and breathable. It is like silk, but man made. And a great summer time material to keep you cool.
  6. Linen – Another fabric to wear in hot weather to keep you cool. Linen is woven together loosely allow it to breath. Linen also dries quickly which works well when your sweating to keep you dry and cool at the same time.

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Picking the right breathable Garments for Summer Camping

If the garment is woven tightly together. Then it will not be able to breath as well as Fabric that is lite and loosely woven. You can hold the shirt or pants up to the light to see if the fabric is tightly woven or not. If you see more light this suggests it is loosely nit or woven together.

Which simply means it will be cooler when your wearing it. When the material is light weight and breathable. You will have less sweating and be able to stay cool.

When Buying Clothing for camping check the Manufactures tag to see what type of fabric the garment is made of. If the tag is Cotton, Rayon, Linen. These are all lite, breathable and sweat resistant fabrics. Great for summer time camping.


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Don’t Forget to Bring a Bathing Suit

If you know you are going camping where there is a pool or even better a lake take swim wear with you. And appropriate gear for swimming. Make sure you have shoes that you can wear in the water.

Also you might want to consider bringing a first aid kit with you camping. You never know when you are going to need one. Maybe there is a sharp object in the lake, and you didn’t wear water shoes.

Also don’t forget suntan lotion. Now a day’s, it doesn’t take long in the sun to get burnt. I recommend using suntan lotion. it doesn’t mean you won’t get a tan when using it. Just that you will be protected from the suns UV rays. To help keep your skin from burning. You might also want to take an extra towel to dry yourself off. 

I always have a pair of sunglasses with me. And although usually I’m not one to wear a hat. If I know I am going to be out in the sun for a long time I wear a hat. So that’s my recommendations for Swim wear. 


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What to Wear on Your Feet When Camping in the Summer?

There are several different shoes that work well when camping in warm weather.

I like to use Crocks or Sandals. Both allow your feet to breath. And both work well if you are around the water. Which brings me to the next topic and that is water shoes. I like to always have some sort of shoe that I can go in the water with. Especially if you are at a lake and you can not see the bottom. You never know what is in the water. A broken bottle or treble hook. Either way it would not make for a good camping trip. I usually have at least two pairs of shoes with me. 

And if you don’t have those shoes a comfortable pair of lightweight walkiing shoes will work. Of course if you are going hiking you will probabily want to take hiking shoes. They are more durable and offer more protection for your feet.


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Preparing to Dress for Inclement Weather

Even though it’s 100 degrees out and the sun is shining a way. When your camping you always want to be prepared for the unexpected. And one of the unexpected things is the weather.

I always take a portable weather radio with me camping. That way I can always be informed of any bad weather. Also it works great if you just want to listen to some music.

I also recommend having some clothes for cooler weather or even rain. That way if the weather takes a turn for the wort you will be prepared. What kind of clothes do I pack? I’m glad you asked.

I take some warmer clothes like Jeans, Sweat pants, a hoodie. Then also if it rains you can never have enough socks. There’s nothing worse than cold wet feet. So bring extra socks. Also a rain jacket and hat will help especially if your having to take the dog for a walk. Or be out in the rain.

I always have more than one pair of shoes too. Most of the time I never need two pair. But one day I just might need a nice warm dry pair of shoes. Like I say better safe than sorry.

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Clothes to Pack for Camping in the Summer

You want to bring lite comfortable breathable clothing. Shorts, T shirts and underwear. Make sure you have extra socks. Also Tank tops are great for keeping you cool in warmer weather conditions. Try to wear clothing that is loose.

You will probably want to pack a hat and bring sunglasses too. Take a couple pair of shoes. Sneakers or Sandals work great for hot weather. To keep your feet from sweating sandals are very lite and airy.

Even though you are packing for the summer weather. Your also going to want to pack for cooler weather too. Or if it rains your going to want to have a rain coat available. To see more about packing for camping take a look at the related article.

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Camping Clothes List

  • Shorts with pockets 
  • T Shirts Short Sleeve and Cotton
  • Tank Top
  • Under Garments 
  • Plenty of Socks (Extra Socks)
  • Swim wear
  • Baseball hat, or Floppy sun hat (straw cowboy hat)
  • Dress for Inclement weather:
  • Blue Jeans
  • Sweat pants
  • Hoodie
  • Sweat Shirt 
  • Long sleeve shirt
  • Rain Coat
  • Sunglasses 
  • Sandals 
  • Walking shoes

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What to Wear Camping in the Summer at Night

The great thing about camping is your camping. I usually wear shorts and a T shirt to sleep. Most people don’t wear socks to bed. But for some reason I like my feet nice and toasty. Unless it is super hot outside. But for the most part I sleep with socks on.

One good thing about wearing shorts and a T -shirt to sleep in. If you have to get up in the middle of the night to go to the bathroom, your already dressed. Just slip on some shoes and grab the flashlight and your good to go.

Or you can get long pants with a shirt PJ’s. It is entirely up to you. Whatever makes you comfy so that you can get a good night sleep.

Most sleeping bags will keep you nice and warm so you don’t need to over dress to go to sleep.

Thanks for Reading this article. I hope this helps you the next time your going camping. And if you haven’t seen what the sales are in the Camping Essentials check them out Now!

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