Trek Clothing Summary Checklist:

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  • 2 pairs pants
  • 2 long-sleeved shirts
  • 1 wide-brimmed western style hat
  • 1 pair suspenders or belt
  • a pair of socks for each day
  • clean underclothing for each day
  • 2 pair of sturdy shoes
  • a pair of sweats, t-shirt, and sweatshirt for Nightwear
  • 1 old Coat/jacket
  • 1 rain poncho


  • 2 mid-calf length long-sleeved dresser OR
  • 2 mid-calf length skirts and 2 long sleeve blouses
  • 1 bonnet
  • 1 pair of knee length bloomers
  • 1 apron with deep pockets
  • a pair of sweats, t-shirt, and sweatshirt for Nightwear
  • a pair of socks for each day
  • clean underclothing for each day
  • 2 pair sturdy shoes
  • 1 old coat/jacket
  • 1 rain poncho
  • Dressing in pioneer clothing can have a tremendous impact on the spirit of the trek.  The following is a short description of what the pioneers wore as they crossed the plains.  It also gives some hints for trekking in our day.

    Men’s Clothing


    Men’s shirts were worn loose.  They had a narrow neck-band with no collar.  Plain colors were most common, but stripes or plaids were also used.  For modern day trekkers, light colors will be coolest.  Choose something larger than a regular fit, with long sleeves.


    Men’s pants were also worn loose.  Wool or linen was used.  Colors included blue, black, gray, and browns, especially beige and tan.  Trekkers in our day find that wool is too hot but that cotton, corduroy, twill, and canvas pants are good choices.  Choose styles that are rather loose fitting through the crotch and thigh area to add comfort in walking.


    Men’s pants were held up by suspenders.  Suspenders were buttoned on the outside of the waistband, and crossed in the back.


    Men’s everyday hats ranged from pilot caps, straw hats, wide brimmed low felt hats, or round crowned hat.  Modern day trekkers should not wear baseball caps.  These types of hats are available at various party and costume store locations such as Zurchers (at Jordan Landing) and Chameleon Costumes (in Sandy) for a modest price.  But don’t hesitate to look for hats at Deseret Industries as well.

    Women’s Clothing

    Dresses / Skirts

    A Woman’s basic dress was floor length.  It could be plain or have many ruffles.  The sleeves were full, and long, with buttons or bands at the wrist.  Necklines were usually high, with buttons up the front.  Fabrics were made of cotton in solid colors or small print.  Bright colors (excluding neons) were popular (especially bright yellow).  Blouses and long skirts or jumpers could be used.  Pioneer trekkers today have found that dresses and skirts should be mid-calf or above the top of a hiking boot in length (so the girls do not trip over their skirts while pulling).


    The standard apron was six to twelve inches shorter than the skirt length.  It gathered at the waist and tied.  The bib attached at the waist and was pinned to the dress bodice at the top two corners, hence, the pinafore (Pinned at two of the four corners!).  Daytime aprons were made of calico remnants.  Sunday aprons were made from white fabric and did not have a bib.  For trekking today, large deep pockets are important to be able to carry different items along the trail.


    Women wore bonnets whenever they were outside.  They were made of cotton with a deep stiffened brim and a back ruffle to protect the neck.  They could be white, plain colors or a print, but they never matched the fabric of the dress.  For Trekking today, bonnets or straw hats for the girls are important; they need to have something for protection from the sun.


    These were worn underneath the dress and were normally white.  Their length was usually between knee and mid-calf.  Wearing pantaloons helps maintain modesty in trekking situations.

    Women / Men’s Clothing


    Please be careful and modest in selecting your undergarments for Trek.  Simplicity and items made of breathable cotton will be the best choice.


    Keep in mind the weather will most likely be COLD in the evenings.  We would like boys and girls to wear a pair of sweat pants (or sport pants) and a t-shirt.  They should each also have a sweatshirt to wear for additional warmth.  Nightwear is to be worn only when it is time to go to sleep, not when we arrive at a given campsite.  You will change into your bedclothes once it is time to retire to your tents/shelters.

    Shoes and Socks

    Shoes for both women and men need not be “period” style.  Comfort is most important.  Do not wear new hiking boots unless you have taken at least two months to break them in.  Bring two pair of good tennis shoes in the event that one gets wet or causes blisters.  Pack clean socks for each day.  The medical committee has recommended we use nylon socks (like dad’s dress socks) against the skin to protect against blistering.

    Items Not to Wear on Trek

    Blue Jeans, shorts, baseball caps, tank tops, t-shirts, tight/short dresses, brand new shoes.  Stay away from modern clothing and prints.  Clothing and PJs should not ride low.  Please adhere to The Strength of Youth Standards.

    Clothing Sources

    Check local second-hand stores, such as Deseret Industries, or borrow clothing.  Many have had this wonderful experience before us and would be willing to share what they wore on Trek.