L.L.Bean Presents: How to dress for a summer hike

L.L.Bean Presents: How to dress for a summer hike


with the wonderful weather that summer
brings knowing how to dress to keep your family cool and protected will ensure
the happiest hikes under the Sun. Here are Hike it Baby tips for dressing for
summer hikes. Choose synthetic materials over cotton. Synthetics are more
effective at wicking away sweat and moisture, which will help keep you
feeling cool and dry. We find it is often easier to put a shirt on our little ones
than layers of sunscreen and shirts with UPF protect against all of the sun’s most
harmful radiation. Broad brimmed hats are a great source of shade and sun
protection plus they will keep the sun out of your little ones eyes. Light
colored clothes absorb less heat from the sun, keeping your family cooler for
longer and insects like ticks are less drawn to light colors. Sometimes
lightweight hiking pants are better than shorts when hiking in the summer. Pants
will protect from biting insects and ticks and synthetic hiking pants will
wick moisture away and keep your kiddo cool. If you are carrying your baby close
to your body pay attention to what you and your baby are wearing. Babies can
overheat quickly so be sure not to over dress and wear cool wicking layers.
Summer is also a great time to use a frame carrier as keeping your baby away
from your body will help keep them cooler. Always bring an extra set of
clothes, especially if your hike includes a river or lake. No one is happy hiking
in wet clothes. And finally, choose the best time for your hike. The sun is most
intense between 11:00 in the morning and 3:00 in the afternoon so start early or
go late and take full advantage of summer’s long days while keeping your
family as comfortable as possible

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