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Hiking can clear the mind and invigorate the body, but it’s important to gear up properly for an optimal experience. When it comes to headwear, there is a lot to choose from so we’ve asked the experts to weigh in on what to look for in that perfect hiking hat.
Stay-at-home mom, wife, folk herbalist, bushcraft enthusiast, and writer at BushHippies.com.
My favorite hat for hiking is a baseball cap (Acme Hat Co’s Dad Hat) with a bandana on hand or underneath. My partner and I both wear baseball caps most times when we hike to keep the sun out of our eyes and sweat from falling from our brows into our faces on more strenuous trails.
For our son, however, we prefer a bucket hat. He is young and has fair skin, so this style works for keeping the sun off the back of his neck and protects his face from sunlight or a light drizzle of rain.
Both styles can be easily waterproofed, folded to put in a pocket or pack, and, if you buy the right brand, last for a long time.