Pioneer Trek Clothing Guidelines

We hope you will use your existing clothing or clothing obtained from second-hand stores like Deseret Industries. Please see the pictures below for examples of pioneer style clothing.

Example of men's clothing for Trek
Example of men’s clothing for Trek
Example of women's clothing for Trek
Example of women’s clothing for Trek
Example of women's clothing for Trek
Example of women’s clothing for Trek

Further details about pioneer clothing (only if you are interested–the pictures above are perfectly adequate):


Men’s Clothing

Men’s Clothing


Men’s shirts were worn loose.  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. Cotton, linen, 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. These are optional for modern day trekkers.


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.

Women’s Clothing

Women’s Clothing


Although a Woman’s basic dress or skirt was floor-length, 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 while pulling). 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.


The standard apron was shorter than the skirt. It gathered at the waist, tied in the back, and was white or calico-patterned. The bib attached at the waist and was pinned to the dress bodice at the top two corners, hence, the pinafore.  For trekking today, the bib is optional and large deep pockets are helpful for carrying 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. For Trekking today, it is recommended that a wide-brimmed/straw hat be worn instead of a bonnet (bonnets tend to trap in heat, and straw hats allow for better ventilation and more sun protection).


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. Bloomers keep the dust and dirt off of your legs.  Old cotton pajama pants or hospital scrubs cut off at or just below the knee are perfect.  You may also wear loose longer shorts.

Misc. Clothing


The weather can be cold in the evenings. For sleeping please wear a pair of sweat pants and a t-shirt or pajamas. 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

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 or walking shoes in the event that one gets wet or causes blisters. Pack clean socks for each day that wick moisture away.

Items Not To Wear On Trek

Blue Jeans, shorts, baseball caps, army-style hats, tank tops, t-shirts (except for bedtime), tight/short dresses, brand new shoes, or flip flops. Clothing and PJs should not ride low or be revealing. Please adhere to the For the Strength of Youth standards.

If you need help with preparing clothing for Trek please contact your Young Women or Young Men leaders or advisers. If you have EXTRA clothing for others to use, please let them know also.