Things to Wear during the Day

Weather will play a large part in what to take to wear during the day, as will the types of activities that happen on the camp. For long camps it may even be necessary to take washing powder and pegs so that laundry can be done part way through.

As a minimum, a complete change of clothes is required, with extra underwear and socks as necessary. For most camps, two changes are probably better. Remember that during wet weather there is rarely space to hang things up to dry.

For wet weather rubber boots are good but if there is walking involved these can cause blisters. Elastic sided boots can also cause problems if they don’t fit well. The best things for walking are lace up shoes or boots.

Sandals are acceptable for wearing around camp, but shoes should be worn when engaged in planned activities.

Sandals don’t offer any protection against things being dropped on your foot (for example, knives when cooking) or when walking, stabbing your foot with a stick.

Gaiters are useful when used with boots or walking shoes for keeping grass seeds out.

Hats are necessary for either keeping the sun off and/or keeping the head warm. A broad brim hat is good for daytime wear with a beanie for early morning or eveningwear. If necessary a beanie can be used to keep your head warm while sleeping too (especially if your sleeping bag has no hood).

Good raingear is essential. It needs to be able to withstand heavy rain for at least ½ an hour, which nylon parkas don’t. Plastic ponchos are available which are cheap but give basic protection. Gore-Tex outers and oilskin coats are good, but expensive.
For growing scouts, plastic raincoats are probably a good option. Getting a size or two larger is a good idea so that there is room for a small daypack underneath the coat. Remember that the legs need to be protected too, so some over trousers may be necessary unless the coat is a good length.

During warm and sunny weather, shorts are tempting, but remember that sun protection is needed. Sunscreen is a necessity. If there are swimming facilities on camp, then swimwear can be taken (your leader should advise if this is necessary). During cold weather, the emphasis is on keeping warm. Jeans are not good insulators, so if it is cold things like thick track pants are better for keeping warm. Layers of clothing are better so that they trap the air and keep you warm. At one stage, overalls (long sleeve) were popular for adding an extra layer, especially at night. Beanies are good, as are gloves. Balaclavas are also good for warmth.

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