Because we spend so much time in the outdoors, it’s important we dress for the elements and the environment.
We aren’t fans of repeated sunscreen application, and therefore, we choose to cover up in clothing, which I admit, is not always comfortable when temperatures are soaring in the desert southwest, but a sunburn is even less fun.
These Columbia shirts are perfect. They’re lightweight and block the sun. Between the two of us, I swear there’s over a dozen hanging in our closest 😁
I’d have to say the absolute most important item in our wardrobe is footwear. Wearing an appropriate and comfortable shoe is crucial to enjoying our explorations. I used to wear my everyday tennis shoes for hiking, but after a couple of close missteps, I finally purchased a pair of hiking shoes. Wow, what a difference they’ve made in my hiking enjoyment especially in places like Moab and the Colorado Rockies where footing is important. Well worth the money. KEEN Women’s Targhee II Waterproof Hiking Shoe,Dark Earth/Allure,8 M US
Al prefers ankle coverage when out hiking.
And a gal can’t have just one pair of hiking shoes. I wear these Merrell Women’s Moab Ventilator Hiking Shoe,Beluga/Lilac,9 M US when it’s warm out. They’re a little lighter than the Keen’s.
Good socks also make a difference on those long hikes. Al and I both wear these Wigwam Unisex Men’s/Women’s Merino/Silk Scout Quarter Length Socks, Grey, Medium … of course in different sizes.
When I’m not wearing my favorite Columbia skort Columbia Women’s Just Right Skort, Black, 6 – You’ll find me wearing these lightweight pants. They’re comfortable, great for hiking, and protect my legs from sun and bugs.
Columbia Women’s Saturday Trail Pant, Grill, 10/Regular
Second most important item in our wardrobe = hats, hats, and more hats …. love hats. Al and I are rarely seen without a hat on. Hopefully the combination of a hat and sunscreen will ward off skin damage.
We have several friends dealing with precancerous and cancerous carcinomas and it’s not a fun journey. Something we hope to avoid.
Since we do travel to various elevations where temperatures can change quickly, we try to dress in layers and always have a coat or sweatshirt in the car. Even in the desert, temperatures can range drastically from a high of 90 degrees Fahrenheit during the day, to lows in the 40’s at night. And in the mountains? Watch out! The weather can change abruptly, and without warning.
Of course, rain gear is also important. Not that I remember to take it with me … like in this post. I sure could’ve used the rain gear that day. My raincoat did me no good hanging in the RV closet. Ah, lesson learned! Frogg Toggs Men’s Firebelly 2-Tone Jacket, Dust Blue/Black, X-Large
And last but not least, we love our novelty T-shirts. You can’t go wrong with a drawer filled with fun T’s of all colors and themes. Just a few of our favorite items ….
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