First Thoughts on What to Wear for RTW Trip

I have started to think about the clothing I need for our Round the World (RTW) trip. With only a backpack in which to carry the clothes we’ll need for 30 days, this is some deep concentration. My preference would be to wear sweats and a hoodie, but I refuse to look like a tacky American while traveling, and I think there are better options out there. Clothing for RTW trip requires some thinking.

Average World Temperatures

Temperature will largely dictate our clothing choices. Plus, the month of April, anywhere, can vary so drastically due to the switch in seasons. We’ll be in the northern hemisphere, so April showers bring May flowers. Thanks to www.weatherspark.com, I can figure out the averages for all four cities where we’ll visit.

Stockholm: lows of mid 30s, highs in the mid 50s
Athens: lows in the 50s, highs in the 60s (that’s warmer than I thought!)
Moscow: lows in the mid 30s, highs in the low 50s.
Beijing: lows in the high 40s, highs in the high 60s.

As Always, the Answer is Layers

This is much warmer than I thought. The weather is almost identical to that of Denver’s, with the exception of Athens. But, I wonder, is a 35 in Stockholm the same 35 as Denver’s or Beijing’s? I know when I go to Tampa, and the temp is 60, I’m freezing. But when it’s 60 in Denver, I’ve got shorts and a t-shirt on.

Yes, I will pack in layers. But layers of what? The layers need to be lightweight, durable, functional, and easily maintained. We’ll be wearing the same pants and shirts for 2-3 wearings a piece before a good wash, at least. A trip to www.rei.com soon, especially later after Christmas when what we’ll need will be on sale, I hope.