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Why Proper Lightweight Clothing and Gear Selection is Crucial for Spring and Summer Travel

Updated: Aug 29, 2023

1) Montbell Versalite Jacket (6.4 oz)

Versalite Jacket keeps weight to a minimum and offers extreme packability. Also multi-functional as a rain and wind jacket.

2) Patagonia R1 Hooded Jacket (13.8 oz)

Lightweight double-weave fabric is soft and warm next to skin but doesn’t trap heat; face is durable and treated with a DWR (durable water repellent) finish to shed moisture. Combined with the Montbell Versalite jacket to help retain heat can prove helpful if it does become cold.

3) REI Co-op Trailmade Shirt (7.2 oz)

Nylon/spandex fabric offers soft, 2-way stretch, plus snag- and tear resistance for a high level of durability. I use this shirt to look presentable during travel time and when needed for nighttime activities

4) Patagonia Long-Sleeved Capilene Shirt (5.4 oz)

Quick drying, and has stretch for mobility and comfort, plus HeiQ® Pure odor control. Made with 50-100% recycled polyester, Capilene® Cool Daily styles keep you comfortable.

5) Patagonia Merino T-Shirt (3.9 oz)

A breathable merino technical top, designed to naturally regulate your temperature, control odor, and keep you comfortable when you’re working hard in the widest range of conditions.

6) Mammut Cabal Cap (2 oz)

Versatile cap is the perfect match for hot days and strong rays. Light on weight and high on protection with a UPF. Best of all it folds up for easy packing.

7) Montbell Merino Plus Light T (5.3 oz)

Delivers warmth and moisture regulation with heat-retaining, highly odor-resistant MERINO WOOL PLUS, which includes polyester for quicker drying. The lightweight and breathable fabric provides comfort on its own in summer and slides into a layering system in winter for outstanding year-round use.

8) REI Co-op Sahara Convertible Pants (12 oz)

Hot days that start out cold; icy creeks to ford—the men's REI Co-op zip-off Sahara pants take it all in stride. Just zip off the legs (you don't even have to sit down) and boom: shorts!

9) Prana Stretch Zion Shorts (9.9 oz)

Abrasion-resistant material with Ventilated inseam gusset for added mobility and breathability, also comes with a built-in webbing adjustable waistband

10) Patagonia Tech Web Belt (4.5 oz)

Nylon-webbing belt with an aluminum buckle can be used in a pinch as a lash strap or a bottle opener.

11) ExOfficio Give-N-Go 2.0 Sport Mesh Underwear (1.4 oz)

Trekking across Thailand to traversing the toughest stretches of Baja, These anti-odor, Breathable, moisture-wicking, and quick-drying underwear are perfect for adventure. (REVIEW)

12) Lowepro Gearup Pouch (3.1 oz)

Compact travel organizer pouch for cables, adapters, chargers, batteries and customize the configuration according to your storage needs and easily access your kit via the double-sided 360° zipper.

13) Patagonia Black Hole Cube - Small (3.5 oz)

Simple zip-opening design provides easy access to the main compartment to store all your bathroom goodies.

14) Patagonia Black Hole 40L Duffel (2 lbs 8 oz)

The smallest Patagonia Black Hole® Duffel, with a 40-liter volume that's perfect for small loads and long weekends, is made with Made from lightweight yet extremely durable, 100% recycled polyester ripstop with a TPU-film laminate to create a fabric that’s weather-resistant, abrasion-resistant and highly packable. Comes with two Straps that convert the bag into a packpack. This carry-on-sized duffel meets most airline and train carry-on requirements. (REVIEW)

15) Darn Tough Socks (2 oz)

The socks are designed with seamless construction that ensures maximum comfort (REVIEW)

16) Topo Ultraventure 2 Shoes (10.4 oz)

Super lightweight shoes with an engineered mesh upper with reduced overlays increase breathability and feature a molded foam collar for additional comfort. (REVIEW)

Spring and summer are some of the most popular times of the year for travel. The warmer temperatures and longer days make it an ideal time to explore new places and enjoy outdoor activities. However, it's important to choose the right lightweight clothing and gear to make the most of your travels without feeling weighed down or uncomfortable.

Selecting the right clothing is key to staying comfortable during spring and summer travel. Lightweight fabrics that breathe well, such as cotton, linen, or moisture-wicking synthetics, are ideal for staying cool and dry in hot and humid climates. Opt for clothing items that are versatile and can be mixed and matched to create multiple outfits, minimizing the amount of clothing you need to pack.

Another important factor to consider when selecting lightweight clothing is sun protection. Look for clothing items that offer UPF protection, which blocks harmful UV rays from the sun. This is especially important for outdoor activities such as hiking, swimming, or sightseeing, where you may be exposed to the sun for long periods.

In addition to clothing, lightweight gear is also essential for spring and summer travel. A lightweight bag or backpack is a must-have for carrying essentials such as sunscreen, a water bottle, and a portable charger for your devices. Look for a backpack with breathable mesh panels to help keep your back cool and comfortable.

Another key item for spring and summer travel is a comfortable pair of walking shoes. Choose shoes that are lightweight, breathable, and offer good support for all-day comfort.

Finally, don't forget to pack a lightweight rain jacket or windbreaker for unexpected weather changes. Even in warm climates, a sudden downpour or cool breeze can leave you feeling chilly and uncomfortable.

Selecting the proper lightweight clothing and gear for spring and summer travel is crucial for staying comfortable and enjoying your adventures. Choose versatile clothing items that breathe well and offer sun protection, and opt for lightweight gear such as a backpack and comfortable shoes. With the right selection of clothing and gear, you'll be ready to make the most of your travels and create unforgettable memories.

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