Monday, November 18, 2013

On the Road: What to Wear

When I am on the road, I like to observe what other travelers are wearing. Some people dress for comfort in choosing what to wear on a trip. They look like they just got up in the morning and wear very casual clothes such as sweats. Others dress impeccably with every hair in place and the clothes that are perfectly pressed. These people look like they could be on their way to a party or church.

For me comfort is a big consideration, but so is the weather in each location on each day of the trip. When I leave Ohio, the temperature is always freezing. The sun warms up the car quickly, so I do not like to wear a jacket or coat in the car. I would rather be a little cold than too hot. By the end of that day I am in Missouri or Oklahoma and the weather is warmer. The outfit for the first day is jeans and a hoodie over a t-shirt in the morning. I take off the hoodie by the afternoon.

The clothes for the second day are jeans and a t-shirt. By that time I am on I-40 going into Texas and New Mexico. The temperature might be warm during the day, but once the sun sets, the temperature really drops. I do not want to take the time to change from shorts to jeans, so I just wear the jeans. I keep a jacket handy for the evening. My last day involves driving in the Mojave Desert, so I wear shorts and a tank top or t-shirt.

My return trip in late winter is different since I am leaving from a warm climate and driving north. I start off in the desert which is cold in the morning, but warm by midday. The temperature drops drastically when the sun goes down and I am freezing. I keep my coat in the car and wear it when I get gas. The second and third days of the trip take me further north, so I wear jeans, sweatshirt, coat and gloves. The most difficult part of the return trip is getting out of the car at the gas stations because no matter what I wear, I still cannot stop shivering.

The most important aspect of whatever outfit drivers choose to wear is to layer the clothes. I build an outfit so I can add or decrease the pieces of clothing with ease because being too hot or too cold makes driving miserable. I also make sure that I have a small suitcase in the back seat that contains changes of clothing I can utilize if necessary. On the road comfort is a huge consideration.

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