Wearing the Weather Down: A Look at Outdoor Attire



The weather is a mercurial force. Sometimes, it remains as gentle as a whitetail deer grazing in the pasture. The next moment, it’s a dynamic entity, trampling across the countryside. One fact is constant. The elements are varied and fickle, never lasting but always demonstrating their might.

Just the other day, I took a stroll in the woods. The radiating warmth of the sun basked me in its embrace. After a long, harsh winter, I felt a sense of relief to see a glimpse of the spring season. I watched as a sparrow darted from one tree to the next and chipmunks chased after one another. Alas, all good things end. Even as I type, I’m gazing out my window at a barren field and a sullen grey skyline. The breeze rattles the leafless trees, and tiny specks of snow flutter down like confetti on a soggy beige ground. How I yearn for brighter days.

Yet, even as winter makes its final, futile barrage against the horizon, the light will prevail. The dismal conditions of those long, dark days will transition into bright skies, shorts, summer dresses, and beers around a campfire. Friends will grab their coolers and load up the Jeep. Tents will get aired out from their long slumber on the garage shelf. Couples will venture out to breathe some fresh air and shake off that stir crazy feeling of cabin fever. Amidst those fun activities of camping, hiking and enjoying the outdoors, we must be ever mindful of safety and the unpredictable nature of weather.

Now-a-days, everyone wants to own the latest gadgets and enjoy the most modern creature comforts. These items all have their place, albeit most of the time unnecessary. Yet, often, one of the most essential pieces of the outdoor kit is overlooked, proper attire. Especially, in these early spring days, the temperature fluctuates. The afternoon could start off in the mid 70’s, and by nightfall, drop to 13 degrees. Now, I will admit, I’m not the “end all” authority on everything survival related, but with training and years of experience, I know a few “Do’s and Don’ts.”

Whenever you ventures into the outdoors, address the possibility of the unexpected. The car could break down in the middle of nowhere. An accident could happen, leaving you injured, lost, or trapped in less than ideal circumstances. To help avoid making a bad situation worse, a little pre-planning is vital. One of those items to address is clothing.

Clothing is an underrated resource. Always dress in layers. This allows you to