There’s no therapy quite like nature. Immersing yourself in all things outdoors can be a stress-free, cleansing experience that brings you back to nature and helps you tune out the rest of the world.
The backcountry essentials you take on your journey can affect how much you’re able to take away from the experience. Whether you’re hiking for the day or trekking over mountains for a weeklong trip, your outdoor clothing brands and gear should inspire you to make the most of your adventure.
Find comfort, be comfortable: Fill your pack with these 7 backcountry essentials on your next outdoor excursion:
When you’re active outside, cotton will easily become your new best friend. Ideal for any temperature and weather, cotton offers one of the most lightweight, breathable fabrics available.
In the winter, cotton is one of the best insulating fabrics, helping you to stay warm but without making you feel hot. In the summer, cotton helps to wick away moisture without leaving you feeling sticky or sweaty. It dries quickly when wet and is durable enough to handle any outdoor elements you face.
Full Circle believes in high-quality cotton T-shirts that stand up to your toughest challenges, like this signature embroidered sunset T-shirt with one of our most popular designs.
Regardless of where you buy your shirts, make sure you’re suiting up with quality cotton outdoor clothing brands before you begin your explorations.
Whether you’re a “hat person” or not is irrelevant when exploring nature. Hats are arguably one of the most functional pieces you’ll wear on your adventure. They protect your head and face from harsh UV rays. They offer a barrier between your head and bugs and debris falling from the trees. During cold weather, hats provide warmth and protection from the elements.
For hot outdoor excursions, opt for a wide brim hat that keeps the sun off your skin. Some hats offer sun capes that can further shield you from UV rays.
Baseball caps, trucker hats, and other 5 panel hats offer a balance of form and function. Not to brag, but Full Circle has some of the best 5 panel hats you’ll see in the wilderness. We’ve combined our simple yet striking designs with our backcountry essentials so you can look great and be comfortable wherever your journey takes you.
Beanies and waterproof hats might also make their way into your backpack, depending on your destination.
The ultimate comfort item, hoodies can take you from zero to zen within seconds. They’re the ideal final layer to your ensemble, offering warmth and coziness at a moment’s notice.
Nothing compares to sitting around a campfire snuggled in a hoodie and letting it soak in the aroma of smoky firewood. Every time you wear your hoodie after that, the lingering scents of your outdoor adventures instantly bring you back to the brief time where the rest of the world didn’t exist.
Hoodies don’t take up much room in your backpack - or even better, tie one around your waist to save space!
Anyone who’s spent time in the outdoors knows the value of layering. You want your layers to be functional, but at the same time you don’t want them to restrict your movement or slow you down.
Your base layer is the first defense between your skin and your other clothing. It should insulate, but also allow your skin to breathe so you can be comfortable in any weather.
The middle layer should provide warmth. Most people opt for clothing that’s semi-fitted for moveability but not too tight.
Your outer layer is the first defense against outdoor elements like wind, snow, or rain. Consider where you’re trekking when choosing this crucial piece. Waterproofing, hoods, vents, pockets, and other features can either make your time outdoors miserable or meaningful.
Make sure you save room in your backpack - as you take off layers throughout the day, you’ll need somewhere to store them.
It’s hard to find inner peace when your soaked socks make your feet slide in your shoes with every step. When your socks get wet, it has a way of making the rest of your body feel damp. Not to mention that walking wet-footed can lead to blisters, which can make every remaining step on your journey a struggle.
Bring along an extra pair of wool socks for each day of your outdoor exploration. Socks are going to get wet, and your tired feet will appreciate the pick-me-up.
Protecting your extremities can go a long way in keeping the rest of your body warm in cooler weather. It’s not easy lighting a fire or taking photos when your fingers are too frozen to function. Bring along a pair of gloves to keep your hands thawed and useful.
Okay, so this one isn’t exactly part of our outdoor clothing essentials, but we’d be remiss if we didn’t include this one in our list.
Staples like a first aid kit, bug spray, and sunscreen should accompany you on every journey. Too often, these items are considered an afterthought and can easily be forgotten. But let’s face it: no one can relax while scratching mosquito bites, flinching from sunburn, or dealing with untreated cuts and scrapes.
Take care of your health so you can soak in as much of your outdoor experience as possible.
Are you stocked up for your next outdoor adventure? Check out all of our backcountry essentials on Full Circle and see where they inspire you to travel next.