Dress for Your California Vacation
If you want to feel comfortable on your California vacation, remember California has all climates. Just about any time of the year, California will have some regions raining, snowing, windy, cold and baking hot, somewhere within its borders. It is bigger than many countries and it has quite a variety of ecosystems.
The author Mark Twain once said, “The coldest winter I ever spent was a summer in San Francisco.” Be sure to research the microclimate of your destinations in California. Some climate does not match the season. For example, Palm Springs is a lovely place to go in the dead of winter, but may be 120 degrees during the summer and 40 degrees hotter than some place 100 miles away. In the San Francisco Bay area, you may start the day wearing shorts, then a cold wind will blow in at night, making those bare legs shiver.
The key is packing lots of layers of clothing. If you are in an area where there could be a big temperature swing, bring a small backpack. Wear and carry a base layer, preferably with wicking capability, or a t-shirt, a long sleeve shirt or sweatshirt, and a light jacket.
Waterproof or snow clothing may be necessary, depending upon the weather. Be sure to check ahead. If you have space in your luggage, bring that sort of clothing anyway. Who knows if you will get a once in a lifetime tip or invitation that will inspire your spontaneity.
Bring something nice for dinner and tours. California has thousands of fantastic restaurants. Women should pack a little black dress and a pair of heels. Men should bring a suit or a sport coat by Jos. A. Bank or other quality mens retailer.
When you are enjoying California’s waterways, rivers, lakes or ocean, be sure to protect yourself from the UV rays of the sun. Wear sunscreen and bring a cover-up to wear over your swimsuit, so you aren’t in the sun the entire day.
California is one place that you will want to overpack a bit to be prepared for the weather. Enjoy your stay.