The USA is such a vast country that the weather can differ greatly state by state. Depending on where you are and the time of year you’re there, your wardrobe may vary quite a lot. 

This can be especially difficult if you are traveling across the US. I know that for me, it was hard to gather together a collection of clothes that would not only be suitable for temperatures of -1, but would also be wearable in temperatures well in the 20s. Oh, and it also all had to fit into a bag that I could carry…! 

It may seem a little anal to some, but I am so glad that I researched the average weather for the last few years in each place we are visiting, and also started planning what I wanted to pack about four weeks in advance… But I’m pretty happy with the collection of clothes that I brought, and although we’re only a week into our six-week venture across America, it has so far served me well. 

You can have a read about my Minimalist’s Guide To Packing For A Six Week Road Trip Around The USA, here.  

There are however, a few key travel fashion staples that I have brought with me that have really stood out. 

This light, drizzle proof, floral, hooded jacket from Zara has been my go-to jacket for the last couple of years. I bought it completely spare of the moment on my lunch break for £13 in the sale and it has become an absolute staple of mine. It sits just below my waist and although it isn’t padded, it is very weather proof and great at protecting me from the elements. As we are heading to warmer places once we leave Chicago, I didn’t want to be carrying around a bulky coat for the rest of our trip, and this will serve as a great evening jacket in the sunnier states. 

As my jacket is fairly thin, I have also brought with me, my huge orange blanket scarf that was a mere £4 from Primark! This has kept me warm in the windy city, and has also been the perfect blanket when traveling on the Greyhound. I have also packed my beautiful Goggles 4U sunglasses that I have worn every day of our trip so far. Although it was pretty chilly in New York and very windy in Chicago, the sun has been amazingly bright! Shoes wise, I have brought with me my trusty, pale grey vans. I bought these the last time I was in the states and I can honestly say that they are the comfiest shoes I have ever owned. They have been great so far to explore the concrete jungles in, and they will be perfect when walking around New Orleans and Joshua Tree. 

I also have to give a huge shout out to my Kanken backpack, which has been an absolute lifesaver in terms of traveling. I had wanted one for ages and had read so much about how they were the perfect travel companions; however, I refused to pay the ridiculous £75 price tag! A few eBay searches later however and I found this perfect little replica for just £13!! It has a great design that is super lightweight and I love that the zips come further down the sides meaning that you can pack it (and un-pack it) more like a suitcase. 


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