I’m leaving California for a short time for a little adventure. Over the last three days I’ve agonized over condensing my wardrobe because I’m heading into an area with far cooler temperatures than I usually encounter. I have enough to layer with, but what I noticed is that I lack a true water-proof or water-resistant coat (with a hood.) Since we’re heading into fall/winter, I’ll wait for after-season sales to fulfill my cold-weather clothing needs–of which I don’t have many, considering the geographic area I live in. The coolest it gets here is in the high 40s but it’s such a rare event that a high fill-power down parka is not an immediately useful investment.
Here’s a portion of my miniature wardrobe for my 5-day trip:
My pack list looks like this:
Here are my thoughts and predictions for the wardrobe elements I’ve chosen.
On rain protection:
Unfortunately neither the REI jacket or the H&M parka are waterproof; the REI jacket is mildly water resistant, but I won’t come out of a deluge bone-dry. If I were smarter, I should have bit the bullet on an insulated nylon parka, but I’d have to pay full price right now. When I was discussing my jacket dilemma with friends, they told me to just go with the jackets I already own and deal with the occasional rain as it falls. I am hoping that luck is on my side and that the one predicted day of rain (Thursday) won’t be so bad.
On the cold:
Keeping warm shouldn’t be an issue–I am trusting that the Heattech shirts and socks will do their job. I’ll be walking a good portion during this trip, so the only points I’m worried about are when I’m waiting at a bus stop outdoors, or when walking home in the night. I’ve got two hats, gloves, and my parka has a hood, so as long as it stays dry with little to no wind, I should be good to go.
Why are you bringing two cameras? Isn’t that overkill?
In terms of weight, yes, the decision to bring the DSLR will make my travel from airport to hotel a bit encumbered (it’s extra weight I could be saving from my carry-on.) I bought a Coolpix A for casual snaps around town, but I do plan to meet up with friends and family later on and since my other hobby is portrait photography, I wanted to have my kit with me. I’m carrying batteries and chargers per each camera and 4 SD cards (1 to use and 1 spare per camera.) It remains to be seen whether I will even break out the DSLR–I anticipate relying on the wide-angle Coolpix A more while I’m out doing the tourist thing than the 35mm 1.8 on my D90.
It’s almost time to leave. If you’d like to see where I end up, pop on over to Instagram where I’ll be documenting my adventures!