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Old 10-04-2014, 11:45 AM   #1
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Smile How many clothes to pack...

Ok so this is our first snow bird winter in Arizona. We are going to Bullhead City this year. Now, my question is much clothing should I pack? Will I really need winter type clothing, i.e. the type I wear in Washington State?

I am thinking not, but I don't want to take a bunch of stuff I will never wear. Any advice, especially from the ladies, since we have a tendency to over pack most of the time anyway. LOL

Thanks ladies for you advice and help.
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:09 PM   #2
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Generally speaking, lay out all the clothes you think you'll need. Cut the pile in half and leave behind. After a year (if you are a full timer), throw out all the clothes you haven't used in that time.
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:14 PM   #3
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CatLee, I could've posted the same question! We plan to go to Yuma this winter. When I checked the high/low temps for the winter down there, the highs are in the low to mid 60's (warming up as spring nears) & lows were in the low to mid 50's. We live casually here at home & we're planning for the same when we travel.

I'm taking jeans, my yoga pants, sweaters & tees, a pair of hiking boots & comfortable camp shoes. We'll have flannel sheets on the bed and one of the Pendleton blankets (with a spare just in case) & warm pj's. A couple of warm jackets, a warm knit cap & a pair of gloves just in case. I'm not taking a single thing tht's dressy--casual comfort are my key words.

The learning curve is steep right now, isn't it? I think next year we'll have a much clearer idea of what to take. Best wishes to you for a very relaxed winter...and let's hope there's no snow in the Siskiyous on the way down! Safe travels!
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Old 10-04-2014, 12:17 PM   #4
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What great advice, bdickson!
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Bruce, great advice!
I must add that coats and such can come in handy going to and from oyour home. Never know when Mother Nature may turn on you.
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Old 10-04-2014, 02:05 PM   #6
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After 4 years of both of us living in a 1987 23 ft Toyota Dolphin in the early '90s while I was stationed down in AZ, selecting clothing for combined summer and winter RV carry doesn't seem to be that big a problem to us anymore. My basic rule of thumb for our "get up and go" style of RVing, is enough under garments and outer clothing to keep the dreaded wash day down to once a week. In addition to what I wear when departing, three pair of daily wear blue jean, two pair of Sunday go to meeting jeans with a long and short sleeve western shirt, two long sleeve and sleeveless blue jean shirts and two each short and long sleeve cargo type shirts as outer wear over my ever worn tee shirts. I also keep a weeks worth of long sleeve T Shirts for winter wear. For foot wear, I wear hiking boots while traveling, but also carry a pair of dress boots, sneakers, house shoes, sandals and flip flops. We both have the insulated (long underwear looking material) zip up hoodies for cold weather and a couple of sweat shirts. For her wear, pretty much the ladies equivalent to what I carry, but more of most items, especially blouses, pants and shoes plus she prefers to wear shorts during the summer. This past summer I added to carry more in dress wear as while on the last trip back to Texas, the wife's Mother passed away and I had to make a quick trip to Sheplers to buy proper darker clothing to attend the funeral. Just don't short yourself, I feel that it's better to have a few extra items of clothing than to have to dash out to buy a few things.
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Old 10-04-2014, 02:39 PM   #7
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Bullhead City can have some cold windy days. Definitely pack a medium jacket and a windbreaker. Depending on you, you might also want to pack a hat and gloves and hope you won't have to use them. As someone stated, you do have to plan for your trip down and back, also, and you might have rain, wind or even some snow enroute.

Layering is the best way to go so one piece can be used different ways. A couple pairs of shorts would be helpful if you're there in March when it gets warmer. Otherwise, light clothing will be fine.
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Old 10-04-2014, 11:47 PM   #8
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Bullhead city can be very cold, in the twenties with 50 mph winds especially up top where the majority of free campers stay. Not to be alarmist but this winter is predicted to be one of the coldest on record. On the bright side there are any number of thrift shops there if you need warmer stuff.
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A little bit depends on how close you are to a washer/ dryer. If you have one in your coach , you can cut down a lot. But as others have said , Bullhead City, actually the whole Colorado River corridor , gets windy , and can get cold. Good shopping in Bullhead and Laughlin, at least that's what my DW says when she drags me up there. Dec. & Jan. can be downright miserable or great, pretty wild swings in temps.
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