What to Wear in USA

Florida Key West, January

Florida Key West, January

The Oatman Hotel, Arizona

The Oatman Hotel, Arizona

The Sandia Peak Tramway in April

The Sandia Peak Tramway in April

Cathedral of Basilica, Santa Fe, New Mexico, in May

Cathedral of Basilica, Santa Fe, New Mexico, in May

Las Vegas in May

Las Vegas in May

Santa Monica Pier, California

Santa Monica Pier, California

Walk of Fame, LA in May

Walk of Fame, LA in May

Cruise ships at Skagway, Alaska in Summer

Cruise ships at Skagway, Alaska in Summer

Harley Davidson stop off on Route 66

Harley Davidson stop off on Route 66

On the beach, in August

On the beach, in August

New York in October

New York in October

The Chicago Bean, in December

The Chicago Bean, in December

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General Style Tips

  • For most of America casual is the main dress style - even for dining out.
  • Jeans are always popular and will serve as a versatile base to your wardrobe. Wear them with cool layers such as a camisoles or t-shirts for the summer, or warmer ones e.g. a long-sleeved shirt and thick sweater in the winter.
  • In the summer wear plenty of sunscreen (we love the Riemann P20 range for 10 hour protection), sunglasses and a sunhat.
  • But it's worth bearing in mind that even if the weather is hot and steamy the air conditioning can be fearsome so pack a jacket or pashmina just in case.
  • Pack light as it's very easy to get clothes laundered.

What Shoes To Pack

  • There really is loads to see and do and most of it is best done on foot, so make sure you take comfy footwear for daytime (for total comfort we love Hotter shoes, and they look great too).
  • Save your high heels for the evenings.

Clothing Tips for Women

  • A few well-chosen pieces of costume jewelry will transform any outfit.
  • And a pashmina is a versatile piece that will add a bit of 'glam', keep you warm, or cover your shoulders for modesty.

Clothing Tips for Men

  • If you're looking for versatile and stylish casual wear, try the Madda Fella range of shirts, shorts and polos.
  • For great versatile travel jackets with multiple pockets including RFID security options, we love the SCOTTeVEST range.

Pack for the Weather

  • The USA is so vast that clothing advice will depend on exactly where you go, so use the city listing below to find packing tips for your particular trip.
  • Clever layering is always the key to dressing for changeable weather.
  • We love the Weather+ app - it gives an accurate 6 day forecast for day and night, which when you're planning from home is really helpful. You can keep all the places you've been to too - a nice way to remember your trip :) Download for iPad/iPhone or Android

Regions of USA

Other Things To Pack

  • Everything's easy to buy, so don't take up valuable packing space with regular cosmetics, medicines, books or the like. Buy them when you arrive.
  • A lightweight day sack or shoulder bag will come in handy to carry your sightseeing essentials.
  • If you tend to buy bottled water, consider carrying a Go! Filtered Water Bottle - fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
  • Look after your mobile phone with a phone bunjee - it protects against loss, theft and damage.
  • To use electrical gadgets you may need a travel adapter plug, and also a step up voltage converter if your devices are not designed to work with American voltage (120V).
  • If you're aiming to travel with just carry-on baggage, try the CabinMax soft-sided rucksack - it's light, roomy and has plenty of pockets to keep your stuff organized. You can use packing cubes to compress the volume too.
  • Avoid paying unexpected baggage fees - use an accurate luggage scale to ensure you keep within the weight allowance. Don't forget to leave room for souvenirs on the way home!

Last updated 16 December 2016.

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Pack Light

  • Less luggage to carry
  • Save time packing and unpacking
  • Save money on baggage fees

Pack Right

  • Respect local cultures
  • Feel comfortable and confident
  • Suitable outfits for all occasions

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I want you to have an amazing vacation. That's why I started WhatToWearOnVacation.com,
to help you pack with confidence and stay safe, secure and comfortable.

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