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Help please! I'm two months from driving away from my stick & bricks. I'll 'be fulltiming in a 19 foot fiberglass trailer so storage space isn't huge. I'm struggling with what clothes to take with me. It seems like 'tee shirts & shorts' would be all I need as I follow mild weather... but I'm sure I'll run into the other temperature extremes at some point or another. I'm from Maine so 'wicked cold winters are clouding my judgement. I'm having a hard time letting go of my cold weather clothing layers. Any suggestions on what to take? How many of each? - Thanks!
When I left, the urge to be prepared was with me as it is with you due primarily to four decades of outside work in heavy industry in the northern states. There was a process of 1st cut, 2nd cut, etc. where clothes were dismissed relative to need and storage in a 16' trailer & a truck with an 8' bed. No heavy coats, using windbreaker & a rain jacket with a layering system underneath, I did keep a couple knit hats though. Two pair synthetic long underwear as this is my sleep ware as well, helps when it's almost cold getting dressed in the morning. I counted 14 t-shirts and 4 pants so that's 4-5 weeks until laundry day. Also some button down short & long sleeve shirts which takes up 9" on the closet rod, and also saved 7 long sleeve pullover shirts to layer with. One pair each of trail running shows, casual shoes, casual hikers, dedicated hikers, & sandals. My entire wardrobe weighs less than 60 pounds and can fit into two 20 gallon totes, except my size 15 shoes and the raingear. I have a rain jacket in the truck as well as the trailer.Things that made the first cut were then piled & measured which led to subsequent cuts until I was satisfied. There's a line between what's needed & what would be nice to have, and here's where you'll need to be honest with yourself & how/where you'll be travelling. Happy Trails!
I was in central Arizona and New Mexico back in February and March of this year, and it was down in the low 20s Farenheit at night. Even down at the Mexican border around Sierra Vista. I had my regular sleeping bag, but I also had luckily carried along a very good down bag. I'm glad I did.

Don't throw way your long johns.
Thrift shops along the way are overflowing. Take only what you are sure you will use, or rare expensive and takes up little space.
You know the old saying to dress for the job you want, not the job you have? Well, my nomad version of that is dress for the weather you want to be in -- and watch the forecasts. If my clothes aren't warm enough it means I'm in the wrong place.

In the five years I've been doing this, I had to suffer only a couple of weeks of significantly cold weather. My "cold" weather gear consists of jeans, long sleeve t-shirts, wool socks, down vest, a hoodie, a flannel jacket with a quilted poly-fill lining, a knitted cap and some gloves. Most of the time the jeans and long sleeve t-shirts are enough. Sometimes I throw on the jacket in the morning or after sunset. And outdoor living helped me acclimate to whatever the weather might be doing. Besides, I carry a lot of "insulation" on my torso.
I am a part timer. My suggestion for clothes is avoid 100% cotton. They hold water and take longer to dry. Even if you use laundromats with heavy duty dryers it will take more time and money to dry. Synthetic fabrics do not seem to be as comfortable so I go with a blend . They seem to wash by hand easier as well and you do not have to hang them up for hours to dry.

Layers will be your friend. Several thin garments have more uses than one heavy garment. Watching hiking videos will give you an idea of some of the clothing systems that are versatile. A couple of things I like to take are a hat that has flaps that fold down over the ears, and a sleeveless down vest. It can be used by itself or with an over coat. If it is cold at night I will wear the hat to bed. I don't like the idea of running a heater while I sleep.
(07-14-2018, 01:23 PM)DannyB1954 Wrote: [ -> ]My suggestion for clothes is avoid 100% cotton.

I LOVE cotton, even with its disadvantages. I'd rather die wearing cotton than live wearing anything else. My brain might have excellent reasons for wearing other fabrics, but my skin gets the veto. Life is too short to waste it wearing plastic. Big Grin
Bob and Suanne have a video on essential items, mostly geared to getting your first items if life has thrown a curve or you’re just fed up. The part on bedding and clothes talk about the fabrics to have and not.

When times are cooler or cold the first layer next to skin should not be cotton, T-shirt, undershirt or otherwise- Daytime or bedtime. A synthetic will keep you warmer and get rid of any sweat. Costco has in winter a brand called 32 Degrees. Duofold another brand. Certain Walmart has similar.

I also like the multifunctional neck, head, headband tube scarf things. Come in all kinds of colors patterns. Just a seamless tube that slips over your head. Can be a scarf, pull up over nose, over ears, on head headband. Very lightweight. They actually stand up to use. Bout $1.25-2 each if you buy 9-12. Amazon is one place. Good for those in between times. Often wear at night. Keeps neck warm and can pull over ears head if it gets colder. Step below a real neck scarf, hat.

Have a pair of fleece socks for bed. They are like mittens for feet. Can’t fit in my shoes with them. They are loose, no rubbing or binding at night. Could even make a pair out of fleece material and hand sew.
Without knowing if you're male or female there's an extensive discussion in the women's Forum which you're welcome to read. If you're a guy you're not allowed to comment
Another vote for layers! I know the old saying W=wool=warm, C=cotton=cold, I still prefer cotton/cotton blend as a base layer.
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