What to Wear to Go Camping This Summer | Camping Packing List

April 7, 2023

Heading out on a summer camping trip? You need to bring flashlights, food, tents — and the right clothing. Don’t overlook this vital part of packing. Wearing the best clothing for camping can make a big difference in your enjoyment of the trip.

Tips for Packing Clothes for Summer Camping
Other Clothes to Remember for Summer Camping

Proper camping attire protects you from the elements. You also can stay warm enough and cool enough. For instance, during the day on a summer camping trip, it may be 90 degrees with high humidity. If you do not dress appropriately, you may overheat and find it difficult to enjoy yourself. Come nighttime, the temperature drops, and once again, you need to be prepared. Spending the night in a tent freezing will undoubtedly put you in a sour mood for the rest of your trip.

What are the best clothes for summer camping? Read on to learn what you should take on your next warm-weather camping trip to make the most of the experience.

Tips for Packing Clothes for Summer Camping

When you camp in the summer, you will need to bring many different clothes, even if you only plan to go for two days. The change in temperature at night can make it tricky to find the right combination. You may want to divide your packing into clothes for different times of the day.

1. Pack Clothes for Warm Daytimes

As soon as the sun rises, the temperatures will begin to sizzle. You should bring clothes to keep you cool while not exposing too much skin, such as:

  • Inner Layers: Breathable underwear and socks
  • Outer Layers: Moisture-wicking T-shirts and pants or shorts
  • Headwear: Lightweight hat or visor

Long-sleeved shirts and pants may seem like an invitation to broil, but they offer added protection against mosquitoes and irritating plants that you may find if you participate in activities like hiking. Young children also may benefit from light long-sleeved shirts with SPF protection for exceptionally sunny days. This way, you don’t have to worry about sunscreen wearing off throughout the day.

You can also look for clothing with vents, such as light jackets that open in the back or have vented sleeves. These allow you to adjust your clothing according to temperature as the day gets warmer and then, later in the day, chillier.

2. Bring Clothes for Cooler Nighttime Sleeping

Instead of traditional pajamas, consider layering your nighttime wear. Try:

  • A T-shirt or tank top
  • A breathable long-sleeved shirt
  • A sweatshirt
  • Sweatpants

Wearing layers allows you to remove something if you get too warm. Try clothing made from fleece or nylon for nighttime, since these materials hold warmth better than cotton or wicking clothes. You might also opt for pile or wool, which some people prefer for socks no matter how warm or cold it is outside.

3. Check the Weather for What to Wear to Go Camping

Having the right clothes for the right temperature is essential, but you also need to consider other aspects of the weather, as well. Check the forecast frequently before your trip to see if it includes showers. In the event of rain, you will want to bring:

  • Galoshes
  • Raincoat or poncho with hood

Avoid PVC clothing — although it is waterproof, it doesn’t breathe and can make you overheat. Invest in Gore-Tex instead, which will keep the water off and also allow some air to reach you.

Other Clothes to Remember for Summer Camping

Of course, you should always bring a bathing suit on a summer camping trip if there is any chance of swimming, and sturdy shoes are a must. Bring flip flops to wear to the shower and pool, as well. Many people also like to bring a bandana as a multipurpose piece — you can use it to cover your head on a hike or tie it around your neck when you’re sweating.

Pack all of these clothes for your next summer camping trip and you will be in good shape to enjoy yourself. Remember to call ahead to book a campsite with us at one of our many locations throughout North America.

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Kampgrounds of America is the largest system of open-to-the-public campgrounds in the world, with over 500 locations across the United States and Canada. Founded in Billings, MT in 1962, KOA’s family of campground brands – KOA Journey, KOA Holiday and KOA Resort – today serve more than a million camping families each year. KOA is dedicated to “connecting people to the outdoors and each other” by providing people with a variety of camping experiences and the information they need to make the most of their camping trip. Read more of their camping and travel resources by visiting

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