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In warmer weather, a cotton T-shirt and shorts are great for urban hikes; cargo shorts are popular for their loose, comfortable fit. If you’ll be in the grasslands or woodlands, consider opting for a pair of hiking pants; they’ll protect your legs from ticks commonly found in these areas. You can find lightweight, quick-drying, UV-protective pants at many outdoors shops; these will keep you suitably cool. Consider a pair that converts into shorts so you can unzip them when you’re done with the trail.
Hiking in cooler weather brings its own set of problems because even though it might be cold out, after a little exertion, you’ll find yourself sweating. Layering is a good solution and an important part of keeping you comfortable. Wear a T-shirt or, better yet, a moisture-wicking shirt under your clothes, and top it with a lightweight fleece or sweater. In winter, wear an outer jacket. It’s more than likely you’ll find yourself taking off and putting on layers throughout the hike. Year-round you’ll want to be sure you have a good pair of hiking shoes.
Know the symptoms of heat exhaustion. Excessive sweating, faintness or dizziness, clammy skin, vomiting, and paleness are all common symptoms. If symptoms arise, cool off by removing extra clothing, moving to the shade, and getting hydrated. Know the symptoms of hypothermia. Shivering and forgetfulness are the two most common indicators of this insidious killer. Hypothermia can occur at any elevation, even in the summer, especially when the hiker is wearing lightweight cotton clothing. If symptoms arise, get the victim shelter, administer hot liquids, and dress the person in dry clothes or a dry sleeping bag.