“One thing you can say about Oklahoma weather: if you don’t like it stick around a few minutes & it’ll change.”
This anecdotal saying is also true for many other locations around the globe.
Unless you’ve been in the Caribbean without access to news these past couple of weeks, you know that Oklahoma, and in fact the entire United States, experienced a much-colder-than-average temperature on Monday of last week. And on Wednesday of last week there was a freeze warning!
Some claimed global warming, others said it was Mother Nature’s elaborate April Fool’s joke, but one thing we all had in common: we shivered and brought back the long thermals.
We also experienced a drastic temperature change on our recent fact-finding trip touring Morocco.
From raining and cool the morning in Fez, to snow on the ground by noon at the top of the Atlas Mountains, to sweating in the setting sun on the Sahara desert.
This is not to brag about our travels but to point out the wardrobe challenges that traveling can present. Since there wasn't a Wal-Mart around, we made a run to the many stall of the local market to find some warmer duds.
I made myself a vow then to toss in my base layer cuddle duds for every trip, right beside my swimsuit. I want to be Good to Go!
All these temperature-related problems can be solved with one solution: layering. Layering your wardrobe allows you to roll sleeves up or down, take sweaters and shirts off (or, conversely, put on) and even some travel pants have zip-off legs, allowing for instant conversion to shorts/bathing suit.
Any coat or outerwear should have a wind/rain proof/resistant lining. This not only protects you from the wet, it’ll also protect your electronics like phones, cameras, etc. while keeping you warmer.
If it has a hood, try to make sure it is large enough to cover your hat (ball cap) as this will help keep rain off of your face, eyeglasses and even camera lens.
Cooler shirts that wick away moisture help keep you drying, cooler and even warmer. (like magic!) Travel shirts like those from Columbia and other outdoor sporty brands have an added advantage of being wind resistant and quick-to-dry.
This feature can be invaluable when traveling at the rate of a different hotel every night because it allows you of an evening to wash/rinse in the shower, then wring out & air dry in time for “luggage out” the next morning.
And added bonuses are they roll into tiny bundles, are lightweight and take up less room in your checked luggage.
So, stay warm out there or cool, fellow travelers, and keep in mind that as you travel, layering is the best way to deal with the ever-changing weather like we’re experiencing in Oklahoma. Remember it's never bad weather; it's just the wrong clothes.
Patti Beth Anderson has more than 20 years of experience in the group travel industry taking people all over the world. Her motto is "I return with the same number of people I left with… not necessarily the same people, but the same number nevertheless. So no 'crankpots' allowed" She may be reached at 918-786-3318 or firstname.lastname@example.org.