Camping & Hiking

What to Wear on a Hiking Date? [And Still Look Great]

Have you just met the man or woman of your dreams, but have no idea where to go on your first date? Or have you been dating someone for a while now and want to break out from the usual date nights at restaurants or the movies?

Well, this is a great opportunity for you to explore the wonders of Mother Nature and partake on a hiking date!

Doing outdoor activities, such as hiking, are excellent ways to create memories and unforgettable moments in your relationship while allowing you to be more active and romantic.

However, there are many elements to take into consideration when hiking since Mother Nature can be unpredictable and cause different kinds of situations.

You must be ready to confront anything that comes your way, and that includes clothing and essentials to survive. Because of this, let’s prepare you and show you what to wear on a hiking date!

hiking shoes

What to Wear on a Hike?

Whether it’s your first date or a new experience in your relationship, there are certain aspects that are more important than just dressing pretty for your significant other. Of course, you can incorporate specks of fashion in your date, but keep in mind the following factors:


Safety clothing refers to the use of clothes and gear to protect you from potential hazards that may be present, depending on the environment and weather conditions.

For example, you may have decided to go for a hike on a mountain trail, but poison ivy might be blooming at that moment. Although wearing shorts is tempting, it’s best to wear pants to avoid accidental rashes.

Even more, you should bring a rain jacket in case it begins to rain out of the blue, or else you can catch a cold from getting wet.

Basically, it’s about making smart choices to ensure your safety and make your hiking date memorable because of good moments.


It is recommended to wear clothes that provide you flexibility and comfort while hiking. Believe me, I’m telling you from experience. Once, I wanted to look charming for my date, and wore a plaid shirt and denim jeans while walking on a small trail in the woods.

Long story short, I was drenched in sweat, and sticky by the time we arrived at the rest stop because my clothes were not breathable.

Your clothes must grant you a wide range of motions so you can move freely as you walk and view the scenery. Also, a looser fit gives you more adaptability and comfort when hiking. You should try different styles to find the best that suits your body shape.


Lightweight clothing may be necessary when you decide to do outdoor activities, like hiking, as they are easier to adapt in relation to the weather conditions.

For instance, some pants have a zip-off feature that converts them into shorts, making them ideal if heat is getting the best of you. Your long-sleeved shirts must be capable of being rolled up and secured tightly for comfort.

Additionally, an extra set of clothing must be available in case an accident happens. You never know if you will get food stains on your clothes, or you fall in a river when crossing. Not to mention getting tree sap on your clothes.

Remember to anticipate any possible scenarios. However, this extra clothing should be lightweight, so it doesn’t become a burden in your backpack.

If you comprehend the basics regarding safety and comfort, it’s much easier to select the best options for your upcoming date.

couple sitting on a hike

What to Wear on a Hiking Date?

When performing outdoor activities, it’s important to layer your clothes correctly to improve your hiking experience.

Remember that the temperature varies throughout the day. It’s normally cold in the morning, and heat radiates as you begin hiking, and it decreases when you descend from the mountain.

Therefore, it’s important to understand the layers of a hiking outfit.

Base Layer: Sweat Removal

The base layer refers to the underwear portion of your clothes, and it’s destined to remove sweat from your body. In other words, it must be able to move perspiration from your body and transfer to the outer layers, for easier drying.

This is also known as wicking, and it refrains your body from getting cold while maintaining comfort.

Because of this, cotton fabrics should never be worn when hiking. Cotton is designed specifically to absorb moisture, and this can lead to chaffing, wetness in certain areas, and eventual shivering.

The best materials for the base layer are polyester, nylon, merino wool, and silk. Additionally, they all have odor-dissipating features and adequate breathability. Your underwear (boxers, panties, and bras) should not be made of cotton.

Middle Layer: Maintain Heat

Although it’s true that garments are unable to produce heat, they can be quite efficient in retaining heat. The middle layer acts as an insulator to keep your body warm by holding on to the heat it generates.

The best choices are fleece or insulated garments that are also lightweight so you can carry them in your backpack. This way, you can make wardrobe changes during your date to keep you cozy or to avoid overheating, if it occurs.

Shell Layer: Weather Condition Resistance

As the name implies, the last layer of your hiking outfit must protect you from the weather conditions, whether it’s rain, snow, or wind.

Ideally, you must search for clothing that is both wind-resistant and waterproof. It is rather common for soft drizzles to occur or harsh winds to pick up when hiking at certain altitudes.

Usually, waterproof jackets are more expensive than regular ones, but they are more breathable and have great durability. Most are made of stretch fabrics, like nylon or polyester, that dry and protect you efficiently from environmental hazards.

It’s not necessary to wear these clothes if the weather conditions are adequate, but you should always bring them in your backpack to procrastinate any possible scenario. It only takes two minutes for the sky to turn grey and start raining.

guy hiking in rain

Clothing Essentials: Season-Oriented

Your hiking date will change drastically, depending on the current season you’re experiencing, as well as the weather conditions.

It’s not the same to hike on a mountain trail during winter or visiting a small flower garden during fall. Therefore, your clothing should also match the season for a touch of personality.


Most people like to visit waterfalls and hike trails during winter because it’s not crowded with visitors. You can spend alone time with your partner, but you have to take certain precautions.

It’s best to carry hiking poles to have a good handgrip on the trail.

Since you must keep yourself warm, you should use thick hiking pants, a warm sweater or blouse, and a waterproof jacket to better insulation.

Hats and gloves are only needed if you feel that they are necessary. Durable hiking boots are a great purchase because you can also use them to protect your from animal bites while improving your stance when hiking.


Unfortunately, the spring season is the most crowded time to partake in outdoor activities, but it’s also the best time to view breathtaking landscapes and to appreciate the beautiful scenery.

Since temperatures are relatively warm and rain occurrences are rare, you can opt for more breathable garments. It is only necessary to carry snacks, water, and first-aid kits in your backpack since more people are present.

You can select your favorite tank top with yoga pants or leggings to have a better range of motion and flexibility. Shorts are also a viable option if it’s only a short walk in the woods or a small mountain hike in the afternoon.

For men, a well-rounded outfit is a pair of sneakers, khaki shorts, and a rolled-up sleeve shirt. Add a hat and sunglasses for a chic style.

Women can’t go wrong with a fleece poncho, breathable cargo pants, a comfy blouse, and cute high tops.

However, remember to bring a rain or wind-resistant jacket in your backpack, and extra insulating clothes if the weather conditions take an odd turn.

hiking backpack

What to Pack For your Hiking Date?

The number of items present in your backpack ultimately depends on the duration of your hiking trip, whether it’s only a morning activity or a 3-day adventure.

However, it’s best to have all the following essentials for any probable circumstance.

  1. Sunscreen: You must protect your skin from too much sunlight exposure. Ultraviolet sun rays can cause skin damage and lead to premature aging, painful sunburns, and a higher risk of skin cancer.
  2. First-Aid Kit: Anyone can easily fall or trip over a rock or log and hurt themselves. Therefore, you should always carry bandages, ointment, and other first-aid necessities for proper relief.
  3. Protective Gear: Sunglasses and hats are options to protect your face from sunburns and to dissipate heat.
  4. Lamp: It’s always necessary to improve vision and in case the night catches you while you’re hiking.
  5. Food and Snacks: The amount of food depends on the duration of the date.
  6. Extra Clothing: An additional set allows you to shift garment to match the current weather conditions.
  7. Emergency Shelter: This is indispensable because you can get lost while hiking or someone gets injured while hiking.
  8. Orientation guides: Maps, GPS devices, and a compass should always be kept in your backpack for emergencies.

Final Words

If you follow these measures, you should experience a remarkable and safe moment with your partner and create memories that will last for a lifetime.

Select your outfit depending on the weather conditions and carry extra gear to anticipate potential scenarios. Also, prepare your backpack with items that will allow you to survive in the wilderness.

A hiking date is a truly remarkable experience that no date in a restaurant will ever be able to compete with. The feeling of being with the one you love or care for while watching the stars or the sunset in the woods is indescribable. Try it and you will not regret it!

Nathan Barker

My wife and I are huge adventure seekers! We've traveled and explored over 40 countries and want to share what we have learned on our journey. We'll be talking about everything from hiking and camping, to guides, reviews and tips that we're sure will help any avid adventurer no matter what walk of life. So relax, grab a cup of coffee and we hope you enjoy the read!