After two weekends of camping in Colorado, I’m starting to get the hang of what to bring with me for camping and exploring. So today I wanted to share with you my go-to uniform of sorts that makes getting ready for weekend camping getaways a breeze.
First and foremost, camping in Colorado in the fall can get pretty cold (read: frigid) in the evenings. (I haven’t yet forgotten about getting snowed on last time.) But if you get to your camp site earlier in the day (as is the case if you want to grab an unreserved camp spot), the weather tends to be sunny and warm. With such varied temperatures, layering becomes a necessity for keeping comfortable.
I always start out with a long sleeved shirt and comfy jeans when putting together my outfit. Starting out with simple basics at this level makes layering on other pieces as it gets cooler that much easier.
I’m very much a colorful kind-of-gal, but investing in neutral colored tees has proven beneficial when putting together these kinds of outfits–ones that require multiple pieces and layers. But going neutral doesn’t have to mean boring! I’m a huge fan of the stripes on this tee for that reason–striped tops just seem to jazz up an outfit more than plain tees do, wouldn’t you agree?
The next layer involves a comfy, cozy, oversized blanket scarf. I also always bring a blanket scarf (or two) with me when camping. I love wrapping them around my neck and burying my face in them as the temperature drops. It’s the perfect layering piece that keeps you warm without making you too hot, while also looking cute! I styled one on our last road trip this way, but also love wearing them during the week this way. They options are endless!
As for shoes, I’ve come to live in my favorite waterproof boots that are perfect for exploring whatever type of trail we come upon–wet or dry. They keep my feet nice and toasty and are cute to boot! ( 😛 )I usually pair them with these cozy camping socks in the fall and winter, sometimes doubling up when it gets extra cold at night. What can I say? I like to be cozy!
As a side note, I’ll let you guys in on a little secret…this outfit wasn’t exactly planned. Camping outfits for me usually come together the morning of (aka, right before we head out the door). And they are always centered around warmth and comfort over fashion. But having a go-to uniform of sorts makes putting an outfit together super simple and fast when you’re in a hurry, while also insuring you don’t forget anything you’ll need.
That being said…I really loved how the stripes and plaid came together organically here to form the perfect fall pattern mixing. The colors are so earthy and home-y, don’t you think? Makes me want to curl up with a warm mug of hot cocoa right now. Maybe I should try this no-plan outfit-ing more often? 😉
I also brought along a new pair of sunglasses that I got on my most recent haul from Pearl Street Mall. I’m in love with the dark green color of this pair! (I also have them in grapefruit pink for summertime.)
As for a top layer (not shown here), I bring along my trusty North Face jacket that literally goes with me everywhere. This jacket is the perfect weight for fall–not too light but also not too heavy. It’s so perfect in fact that I’m able to wear mine nearly year round. It’s just one of those fabulous layering piece I don’t leave home without, ever!
And that’s really all there is to it! A quick and easy way to put together an outfit that is ready for exploring to your heart’s desire on your next camping trip!
As a disclaimer: I should add here that as the temperature drops, I tend to continue layering on warmer clothes–namely adding on this and this for a base layer and this warm pullover. (See all the layers on me in this post.) But for exploring the campground during the day, the outfit I’ve described here is perfect for falltime, and one which I actually wear and love!
What about you? What do you like to wear on camping adventures?
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Photos by Allen Ream
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