How to Pack for Hot Weather Hiking and Cooler Evenings

The guests who stay at Parry Lodge often have big plans to hike the many trails that wind through the nearby National Parks, including Zion National Park and Bryce Canyon National Park. It is surprising to some that these hikes can begin during scorching hot days, yet end during much cooler evenings. 

At Parry Lodge, we find that these tips help hikers to be prepared for the elements they will face during their hikes.

Pack Moisture-Wicking Clothing Items that Can be Layered

Lightweight cotton clothing, such as T-shirts and sweatshirts, may seem like an easy choice for a hiking expedition. However, cotton is often the least-favored material of experienced hikers, due to the fact that it absorbs moisture, becomes wet and can begin to be uncomfortable. Instead, hikers who plan to be out during the day and into the cooler evenings will want to pack moisture-wicking clothing that also offers UV protection from the sun. Layers are essential for hiking, as this allows you to remove layers when you feel warm or add them when the temperatures start to drop in the evening.

Bring Sunscreen and Insect Repellant

One of the most difficult aspects about hiking is the uninterrupted exposure to the elements. The risk of sunburn is great, especially during the middle of the day when both the sun and temperatures are high. Hikers should always apply sunscreen prior to beginning their hike, and reapply it throughout the day. As the sun begins to set and night falls, insect repellant should be used to ward off those pesky nighttime visitors.

Add Hats, Gloves and Face Covers to Your Hiking Bag

Even during the summer months, hikers sometimes need warm winter gear to stay comfortable and safe. It's recommend that all hikers keep hats, gloves and face covers in their day bag so that they can maintain their body temperature and protect their skin from cold winds.

Packing properly is essential for both those who are new to hiking and those who have advanced hiking skills. The weather can be notoriously unpredictable in the National Parks, as trails wind along canyons, into wooded areas and up into higher elevations. For more information on hiking tips and the best trails nearby, contact Parry Lodge today.

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