Hiking Hats: Don’t leave home without them!

What the well-dressed hiker will wear

As a Couch Potato hiker, I would be remiss if I did not remind everyone to wear a full-brimmed hat on hiking adventures. The current trend to wear baseball caps is just not enough protection.

I can attest to that, as my husband has become a red-necked hiker far too often.

My hiking hat for many years has been a wide-brimmed hat with an adjustable crown (it includes a drawstring) and a chinstrap. Why the chin strap? When a gusty wind comes along, you will be glad that you don’t lose your hat! I know, because I was at an activity wearing my “Hiking for the Couch Potato” baseball-style hat and stepped outside on the Grand Canyon Railway’s train platform. In less than 30 seconds, my hat had blown away! (And they don’t back up trains! I put in a “Lost and Found” request, but it was never recovered. I hope some coyote is now enjoying wearing my hat!)


Hiking hat with brim is important hiking gear

Wearing a protective hiking hat makes a big difference!

  1. Go with a neutral, light color and light fabric. Dark colors attract the sun and heavy hats are no fun in the sun.
  2.  Find one that has vent holes to air things out. 
  3. Make sure you have a chinstrap – made out of fabric, not elastic, preferably with an adjustment “bead.” 
  4. Your nose should be totally shielded and your neck should be fully covered by the brim. 
  5. Have an adjustment pull for the size of the brim, which allows breathing room and airing so you don’t build up a lot of heat. 


A hiking hat is essential hiking gear

What the well dressed hiker will wear – a hiking hat with UV protection, a chin strap and adjustable brim with venting.

After many years of begging, cajoling, and rubbing on sunblock (and aloe on my husband’s sun-burned neck), I finally bought him a hat that has a long back brim that will truly cover his neck. Hurrah! Red is not his most flattering color.