California Trip in June

Started 1 month ago. There are 3 replies by 3 different members. The latest reply was from catwomanbert.
  1. Our family of six will be taking a driving trip from Texas to the California Coastal Redwoods and back in early June. Our plans include going out on Route 66, doing everything from museums to beaches to hiking, and a return through the Rockies. It should be a total of ten to twelve days. I am looking for a capsule wardrobe plan that will work with every climate we encounter (we've never been, don't know what to expect). I also want to adapt my plan to use with the kids, ages nine to fifteen. (p.s. This will be the oldest kid's Make a Wish trip to celebrate the end of her Hodgkins fight last year. She wants to see the big trees!) Any suggestions for what to pack would be greatly appreciated.

  1. Since I have six people and we all need clothes, I want to start making smart purchases now to get prepared for the big trip. The kids grow so fast, and my own appearance has not been high priority for the past year. I have given away all the things that don't fit and have almost nothing but school spirit shirts left! Help!

  2. I grew up in Southern California and made trips out to Morro Bay, which is in central California, and also to San Francisco. Despite having beaches and being summer, expect it to be cold. The SoCal beaches tend to be a lot warmer. Otherwise, the wind blows in off the sea in a steady gust; water's always cold. I went back a few years ago and was shocked at how cold it actually was. Not like snow, freezing temperatures cold, but that wind ... I don't know how I went into the water. The adults are in wetsuits, and the kids are, well, kids. Because it is on the coast, the air will be very damp. So you'll want something that's warmer and waterproof. Probably take along something for scratchy throats. When I went back, I alarmed my father because I started coughing and my sinuses kicked in. Wasn't used to that much dampness, and I'm in Washington DC. Also, summer tends to get fog. Thick, heavy fog. Lots of dampness in the air--your clothes can get wet from the fog.

  3. My son is tall, thin, and leggy, and it was sometimes a wild ride to keep him in pants that fit. He wore shorts most of the time. Even when it is chilly, shorts usually do, if you have warm socks and jackets and hats. I would concentrate my money on good hiking boots that fit well; nothing spoils your day faster than bad boots. An outfitter can help. And leave budget for souvenir T shirts! I say it again: have some flattering hats or scarves for all the pictures you take of each other. I hope you have a wonderful time.

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