My initial thoughts: change in climate, long periods of sitting, comfort. I’ve had my fair share of hours on the road, but they’re typically spent driving north from Florida, 16+ hours or so. Always traversing the Eastern side of the U.S., I’m a virgin to the cross country road trip. Going coast to coast is something I’ve always wanted to do, and when the right opportunity presented itself, I hopped on that bandwagon real quick.
Planning to tackle a 10 day journey with only one small duffle in hand was a challenge to say the least. This time of year, California climates don’t quite fall in line with those of the Northeast. I think that’s one of the beautiful parts of moving about America — accepting that you might be cold one day, then warm the next, but realizing it’s just another ingredient in the adventure. We’ll be blowing with the winds and following the sunshine, so I packed in a manor that allowed me to be me, all while being sure I could remain comfortable for the entirety of the trip.
We’re setting Boulder, CO as our half-way point. A little chilly on the approach, winding our way through the middle states, but once the mountains are in sight, that Cali sun becomes just a little more real. Here’s what I’m packing:
PA —> CO
Soft and cozy cottons are what I typically suit up in on road trips. The New Hope Set is great because it’s comfortable, and you can wear the pants and top separately with other pieces to make multiple outfits. Worn with a good pair of leather boots, a wide brimmed hat, and a pocket-covered coat, a casual look becomes adventure-ready with the right final touches.
CO —> CA
From Colorado and on into California, we’ll be making our way down those endless desert roads, so a color palette to match only made sense. Khaki like the sand, burnt sienna accents of the sun… if I could wear these colors everyday, I would. The Shapeless Chambray One Piece is a great piece for the road. It’s practical for exploring, and easy to wear in the car. Backpack in tow, holding film and multiple cameras… I think I’m ready.
+What would you pack on a cross country journey? Be sure to share in the comments!
Stay tuned for more adventures from the road!