Clothing

Clothing for camping is a really personal choice, and it is really hard to write a post saying “this is what you SHOULD buy”, but there are definitely things you should be looking out for when you are buying clothing specifically for camping.

Camping Technical Clothing Glossary

With any kind of technical clothing, comes technical jargon. Before I jump into the pieces I recommend I thought I’d demystify some of the technical languages so you know exactly what you’re looking at.

This is just a quick list of technical clothing language, for more info have a look at our What To Wear blog.

  • Water-Resistant – The garment (usually a jacket or shoes) can survive being splashed by water and will keep you dry in a light shower. Anything heavier and it (or you) will get wet.
  • Waterproof – Completely waterproof material is usually not very breathable but it will keep you completely dry in even the worse of downpours.
  • Wicking – When we get warm we sweat, wicking material moves sweat away from the body keeping you dry and warm.
  • Breathable – Breathable material helps the wicking material to move your sweat away from your body and out, keeping you dry.
  • Baselayer – Worn next to the skin, usually for warmth and as part of a layering system. Baselayers can be worn on their own in warmer conditions.
  • Midlayer or Insulating layer – Usually made out of fleece (synthetic or natural) and worn on top of a base layer, under a waterproof layer to keep you warm.
  • Outer Shell – Some mid-layers can be worn as outer layers in warmer weathers, outer shells are usually thin waterproof jackets worn on top.
  • GoreTEX – A registered trademark, GoreTEX is a type of breathable waterproof material. Clothing made with GoreTEX material is usually more expensive but far superior.
  • Merino Wool – Wool from a specific breed of Spanish sheep, merino is particularly soft and fine, making it very soft and versatile. In Camping clothing, merino wool is an excellent choice due to its high wicking abilities and temperature regulation properties.
  • Fleece – Fleece is usually an insulating layer mean to keep you warm. Fleece can be synthetic (polyester) or made from real wool.
  • Down Filling – A type of feather filling, usually made from goose or duck down feathers, this is a great option for keeping things light but very warm. Down is more expensive but better quality than synthetic fibre, but it does lose it’s insulating properties when wet.
  • Synthetic Fibre – Usually polyester, synthetic fibre is cheaper than down but usually heavier and not as good quality-wise (although there are some excellent synthetic clothing options available). Synthetic fibres usually retain their insulating properties when wet.

Our Camping Clothing Recommendations

For each option, there is a men’s version and a women’s version, I’ve tried to keep the prices reasonable without compromising on quality.

All of these recommendations are things I have either bought myself or I will be buying in the future because they are really good quality. I’ve added the men’s equivalent to each one, and tested them on my Dad!

For a list of great footwear, have a look at our footwear specific page.

Adult Baselayers

Merino Wool Wicking T-ShirtOpens in a new tab.

A versatile, light and comfortable merino wool t-shirt suitable for summer or winter as part of a layering system.

Around £20 from Amazon
Merino Thermal Baselayer TopOpens in a new tab.

A lightweight long sleeved merino wool baselayer suitable for layering.

Around £20-£40 from Amazon
Regatta Men’s Beru Merino Wool T-shirt

A versatile, light and comfortable merino wool t-shirt suitable for summer or winter as part of a layering system.

Around £15 from Amazon
Mountain Warehouse Merino Men’s Long Sleeve Thermal Baselayer Top

A lightweight long sleeved merino wool baselayer suitable for layering or wearing as a cool weather jumper.

Around £30 from Amazon

Adult Mid Layers

Mountain Warehouse Women’s Padded Softshell Gilet

A cheap and cheerful gilet, great for summer and as an added layer in winter.

Around £30 from Amazon
Peter Storm Women’s Full Zip Microfleece Hoodie

This soft to touch long sleeved hooded fleece is super versatile, great for casual outerwear and light enough to be used as a mid layer too. I love the full front zip, hood, and zipped pockets.

Around £30 from Amazon
Mountain Warehouse Turbine Men’s Padded Gilet

A simple and cheap padded gilet that is great for cooler autumns and brilliant as part of a colder layering system

Around £35 from Amazon
Regatta Men’s Estevan Quick Dry Soft Fleece Hoodie

A really comfortable light but warm mid-layer fleece with a full zip, hood, and zipped pockets. Casual enough for outerwear but thin enough to be used as a mid-layer.

Around £20 from Amazon

Adult Outer Layers

Fit Space Down Alternative Padded Jacket for WomenOpens in a new tab.

I love these puffy down-alternative jackets, they are lightweight, they pack down easily and it’s like wearing a warm and water-resistant duvet! Love them!

Around £30 from Amazon
Mountain Warehouse Bracken Extreme Womens 3 in 1 Waterproof JacketOpens in a new tab.

If you’re planning to get a really good outdoor jacket, this is the one. 3-in-1 Meaning you can wear it with or without the insulating layer, waterproof, wind proof, earphone compatible and rated to keep you alive and warm in temperatures down to -20C!

Around £110 from Amazon
Peter Storm Men’s Packlite Alpinist Down Jacket

This is a great option, a lightweight and packable down jacket that is water resistant and warm without adding too much bulk to your bag.

Around £80 from Amazon
Mountain Warehouse Bracken Extreme 3 in 1 Men’s Waterproof Jacket

An excellent outer jacket with a removable fleece inner layer. This is pricey but it will last you years. It’s fully waterproof, wind proof, earphone compatible, and rated for temperatures down to -20C!

Around £120 from Amazon

Adult Waterproofs

Trespass Women’s Qikpac Compact Pack Away Waterproof Rain Jacket

I love packing a stowaway waterproof outer shell, especially on camping trips where the weather is likely to be warm.

This thin and waterproof jacket won’t keep you warm, but it will keep you dry in a downpour.

Around £30 from Amazon
Regatta Waterproof Pack It Women’s Outdoor Over Trousers

Let’s be honest, waterproof over trousers are NEVER going to be attractive, but these are good quality, and they have pockets which are super useful for your phone and keys etc.

Around £15 from Amazon
Trespass Men’s Qikpac Compact Pack Away Waterproof Rain Jacket

The men’s version of the pack away rain jacket.

Again, this won’t keep you warm but it will keep you dry on a warm but rainy day.

Around £30 from Amazon
Regatta Men’s Pack It Waterproof Over Trousers

The men’s version of the Pack It trousers, great quality and exactly what you need to keep you dry in the rain.

Around £10 from Amazon

Adult Socks

Smartwool Adult Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks UnisexOpens in a new tab.

These are, bar none, my absolute favourite socks in the world. Yes, they are expensive for one pair of socks BUT they are the best socks I have ever worn and, although mine look a little bobbly now, I’ve had them for YEARS and I wear them at least twice a week Autumn-Spring and all during Summer camping season.

Honestly, if you don’t get anything else for camping, get these socks, you won’t regret it!

Around £20 from Amazon
Smartwool Women’s Hike Medium Crew Socks

These are a slightly lighter version of the extra heavy smartwool socks, still absolutely brilliant and still 100% worth it for camping!

Around £16 from Amazon
Smartwool Adult Mountaineering Extra Heavy Crew Socks UnisexOpens in a new tab.

The lighter version of the extra heavy Smartwool socks for men.

Honestly, get these socks!!

Around £16 from Amazon