I’ve been trying to remember the last time I wore long pants. I don’t think I’ve donned blue jeans since we said goodbye to friends back in Eureka over two months ago. I certainly do like my new uniform of shorts and a tank top, but we’ve finally made it to a climate where a short sleeve shirt is actually bearable.
We even slept with the blanket our first night at Joe’s Lodge. And the cool evening was quite a relief. One tip for new full-timers getting ready to hit the road: don’t over-pack, take only what you think you will need.
Considering we don’t really know how long we may be on the road, I don’t believe we over-packed when it comes to clothes, but I haven’t yet worn anything other than the two pairs of shorts and three tank tops I brought, plus the new one I got at one of the Sturgis Bike Week stores. I did, however, pack the following in preparation for the year to come:
- a couple pairs of jeans
- two pairs of shorts and two swimsuits
- an ample supply of t-shirts
- a few long sleeve shirts and sweatshirts
- a couple dress shirts
- workout clothes and lounging sweats
- a winter rain jacket
- a dozen pairs of socks
- a week’s worth of underwear
- comfortable shoes, running shoes, hiking boots and thongs
- a pair of snow pants that I wear with my waders when fishing cold waters
Knowing that we wouldn’t encounter weather worthy of warm clothes for quite a while, we bundled most of our winter clothes in a space-saver bag that we store under our bed. These are really convenient since you can vacuum out the air to conserve space.