Cathedral of Basilica, Santa Fe, New Mexico, in May
Top style tips for USA
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.
Ensure you bring a versatile travel jacket. We love the SCOTTeVEST travel jacket because it has over 23 pockets, removable sleeves and RFID protection.
Pack light as it's very easy to get clothes laundered.
Shoes to pack for USA
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.
The leather RedDog BagPod is a really versatile and stylish bag that can be used from day to evening. Wear it over the shoulder or convert it to a clutch, or use it to keep your belongings and travel documents tidy and easy to find.
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
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 LifeStraw Filtration Water Bottle – fill up from any source and get clean, safe drinking water without wasting plastic bottles.
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!
Keep any relevant paperwork and documents such as your passport, copies of reservations for hotels or hostels, and a copy of your travel authorization ready in your hand luggage for easy access when you land.