While most people would rather die than not go to the seaside on vacation, there are others who prefer the mountains even during summer.
And they have every reason to. The mountain air is amazing, the tan you get will last you for months to come…
However, you can’t go camping or hiking unequipped. The temperatures have a habit of dropping at night, the roads might get inaccessible and if you happen to be caught by heavy rain when you least expect it… if you don’t have an umbrella then you’d have to wear a plastic bag over your head.
Not pretty… or comfortable… I know because I’ve done it.
So how do you go camping or hiking in style?
It’s actually very simple. Priority #1 is being equipped for whatever unexpected circumstances may come your way. Priority #2 is trying to look stylish, without sacrificing safety and comfort.
Now, for hiking in dangerous areas you’ll most likely need specialized boots. Those may not be that stylish. But if you’re not going far or if you’re just camping, you can choose a pair that will look pretty decent… just look at the suggestions below.
We start off with a pair of Zamberlan hiking boots…
Those will work great with camouflage or khaki cargo pants, which we’ll discuss later.
And this next pair by Merrell looks fantastic:
OK, last one. This is part of Fracap’s Spring Summer 2013 collection:
Notice the red laces? Red and brown are an amazing combination, provided that you use red sparingly.
If you’re expecting bad weather, you should definitely look for pants that have an extra layer of protection against rain drops.
Otherwise, a pair of cargo pants such as the ones below will be just what you need. Cargos have plenty of pockets to put your stuff during your trip.
This pair by Ralph Lauren is one I enjoy a lot:
And if you’re looking for an upgraded version of the cargo pant, take a look at this one:
Down Vests and Gilets
An excellent fashion item that you can wear on your camping trips is the down vest. It’s main advantages are that it’s warm, comfortabla and it offers your hands all the freedom of movement they need.
There are plenty of other items you need to consider. I’m talking, of coruse, about the plethora of camping equipment you can find out there. I can’t advise you on what to buy to fit. The only style advice I can give you is to… try to match your clothes and your gear as much as you can.
If you truly want to be stylish… you will find a way.