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Most of the time I just wear vintage dresses, but we camp a lot in the summer and I really need some more practical, but fairly stylish stuff. Looking for casual trousers, tshirts and tops, hoodies and a pair of shorts (hardest bit!) Any recommendations for where to look? I never usually buy stuff new so v.out of touch!
I would definitely recommend a decent pair of walking trousers, I love Bergaus or North Face but you can get cheaper. They dry very quickly! You can also get a pair that unzip to shorts but I prefer to keep covered up!
Most people I see when camping seem to be in pyjama pants, flip flops and a massive hoodie!
I tend to go cheap for most of this - agree a good pair of walking trousers makes a differnce, but for other camping attire, I head for George at Asda, Tu in Sainsburys and the like. I don't wear this stuff most of the time either, so find it easier to go cheap and cheerful
I go camping too...next big trip in August. I tend to wear my normal clothes...dresses, jeans, skirts, linen trousers, sandals etc. I did look around last year and see everyone else wearing walking trousers, long shorts but not sure I can bring myself to do it
I don't see why you need to dress differently just because you're camping. I also take hair straighteners...maybe I'm in the minority
I tend to wear my normal clothes as well and yours sound fine to me.
The main problem with camping (at least when we go) is getting things dry. So I avoid taking heavy fabrics or thick waistbands such as jeans. Also I prefer cropped trousers as they are less lightly to get wet at the bottom and wick the water to your waist.
I'd invest in a decent jacket & wellies or walking shoes. I'm going away tomorrow & taking 2 pairs of harem pants, jeans to travel in, joggys for canoeing & walking and a bunch of t-shirts. My wellies, Vans, flip flops and my waterproofs.
I wear outdoor gear when camping Craghoppers shirts can be dried in less than hour and don't need ironing have built in SPF and bug protector. A lot of my stuff is by Scandinavian outdoor brands Noronna or Fjalraven as they are functional but well designed no way I could wear skirts or dresses camping too impractical as in the UK we are usually on our bikes or hiking in the Peak District. Flip flops are invaluable for the shower blocks as is a microfiber towel. Next trip is Botswana can't wait.
One of the things I love about camping no need to fuss with hair and make up.
I mainly wear my usual clothes - jeans etc. A hoody is one thing I don't usually wear that is pretty handy when camping, I'm on the lookout for a new one at the moment but haven't seen anything I like yet. Ditto a pair of shorts. Once you're set up don't see why you can't wear your lovely dresses but perhaps something a bit sturdier for pitching the tent might be handy? And trousers for the evenings.
I do have a decent North Face waterproof jacket and a proper fleece though. Wellies are handy but not essential.
I also tend to wear my most casual clothes: Birkenstocks, Havs, Converse or wellies Distressed boyfriend jeans, denim shorts, linen trousers, Cotton sundresses Ts, vests, long sleeve bretons Oversize jumper, military style jacket, waterproof
I second warm socks and a really warm fleece or hoodie, even in hot summer it gets freezing in a tent first thing in the morning!! Nothing worse than getting up for an early morning wee without a really warm jumper to put on! Other than that it'll depend on the weather but a good waterproof and willies probably mandatory in this country.
Shorts - gap has some nice boyfriend style ones that actually aren't that baggy and are a decent leg length, I'm too fat in the thigh to be flashing the entire campsite.
I don't tend to worry about style while camping tbh, I'll take a couple of nice sun dresses in case we go for a meal somewhere nice but other than that it's hoodies, jeans, tshirts and shorts. Couple pairs of linen trousers and a couple of nice tops, flip flops, converse and walking boots.
We do loads of camping. I don't splash out on anything expensive - jeans are practical and can still look good with a nice t-shirt and accessories - if we're camping for about 3 days I tend to take a pair of jeans, pair of cropped trousers and shorts. If you don't find a hoody, a fleece or heavyweight cardigan will keep you warm. Second the pjs, you need something warm that isn't see through!
If it's going to be wet (we've camped in a met office weather warning before so are serious campers) then you need a waterproof coat, plenty of socks (my socks often get wet) and waterproof trainers/boots.
I went camping for the first time last year and asked the same question as I don't usually dress in terribly practical clothes. I have to say the most useful thing that I bought were a couple of hoodies from Uniqlo, very cheap, lovely quality and super cosy for sitting around in the evening after putting the kids to bed and walking on cold beaches (we managed to pick the only non-sunny week last summer to go camping).