Spring is headed our way finally after a pretty wicked winter filled with ice storms and record breaking low temperatures. To me and my family that means camping! When it’s time to camp, it’s time to get camping equipment and supplies. One area of importance that is often overlooked is the athletic shoes needed to camp safely and comfortably.
There are several factors that need to be considered when deciding which type of athletic shoes to bring along on your trip. The first being what type of activities you plan to do while camping. Certain factors that should be considered are environmental factors or different types of terrain. You will want to bring different athletic shoes with you if there isn’t one pair that will fulfill all your needs. It is better to be prepared than not.
Next up on the list is sizing. As with most types of shoes, you should always buy at least a half size up, but possibly a whole size depending on the athletic shoe you have or are intending to purchase. The reason this is suggested is because your feet may swell from walking, climbing or hiking activities that you may participate in during your camping trip. It is advisable to try on many different pairs of shoes and make sure that you find a pair that feels comfortable. It is a good idea to walk around the store a bit or even jump around to feel the impact that hiking or rocking climbing may have should you choose to do those activities during your hike. Don’t forget to bring the socks you intend to wear during your camping trip while trying on your new shoes as well. You’ll want to get a good feel of what your shoes will feel like on the day of your camping trip.
It is also very important to consider if the athletic shoe you are using for your camping trip is waterproof, especially if you are camping during the rainy season. Wet feet are not very conducive to a pleasant camping trip and can actually leave you open for trouble with getting sick or skin issues. Having waterproof athletic shoes on will surely protect you from mud, wet leaves and any other wet debris that you might encounter while camping as well.
Durability is one of the most important things to consider when selecting an athletic shoe to wear while you are camping. Try to consider a shoe that will be comfortable, that will suite the activity you decide to do and will hold up during good and bad weather. You will also want to consider the type of material the shoe is made of on the inside and the outside. An athletic shoe with a thick, rubberized sole is ideal for almost all terrains. Finding a shoe that is made of breathable materials so that your feet do not get too hot is very important as well. One thing to consider that is often missed is a possible warranty that may be included with the purchase of your athletic shoes.