So you’ve saved up and planned a big trip to the United States. The country has a huge amount to offer, especially in terms of weather. If you’re from a country with a different pattern of seasons, you may be surprised by the variety of climates you can find north of the equator. You’ll need to be ready for whatever the weather can bring. Experienced wanderers know the fastest way to a ruined trip is not having the right clothes for the season. Do your research ahead of time to know what season you’ll be dealing with while you’re there, and prepare accordingly with these tips.
Winter: Bundle Up and Protect Your Extremities
Winter is by far the most directly dangerous of the seasons, more so the further north you go. It may be the case that it’s hard to get proper winter gear where you live. In that case, consider buying gloves online, along with a hat and a good, warm jacket. Frostbite is no joke, and if you’re traveling to certain parts of the US during winter, it’s a very real threat. Don’t let it frighten you away, though; winter in the US offers some incredible experiences. Skiing and other winter sports are immensely popular in the northern states for a reason.
Spring: Prepare for Rain
Spring temperatures tend to be mild across much of the country, but spring in the United States is also the wettest season. If you don’t mind a little rain, this can be a good time to travel to beat the heat, but you should prepare with a good raincoat. If you’re asthmatic or otherwise have allergy problems, keep in mind that spring in the U.S. is when pollen and other allergen levels are at their highest. The public weather service in the U.S. also publishes an air quality advisory that will help you breathe easy during spring travel.
Summer: Stay Cool
Beaches, watersports, warm and bright nights to explore America’s bustling cities–summer is the most popular season for travel for very good reasons. Summers in the U.S. have been trending hotter the past few years, however, and when it comes to summer sun, it’s entirely possible to have too much of a good thing. Bring sunscreen and learn the signs of heat exhaustion, and you’ll stay safe to swim and play in the sun to your heart’s content.
Fall: Bring a Coat and a Camera
In many ways, autumn is an excellent choice for travel in the United States. Fall sees mild temperatures across a large swath of the country, and the most you’re likely to need is a light jacket in the event of a cold snap. Public school in the United States starts in the fall, which means domestic tourism has died down a bit by September. If you like to avoid crowds, that makes fall travel an attractive option. Most importantly, almost anywhere you go in the country, you won’t be far from national parks playing host to beautiful deciduous trees decked out in their fall colors.
Hopefully, you have an idea of what to expect from your trip now. Seasons in the United States are amazingly diverse and reflect the wide range of climates you can find within the country, and so it pays to be prepared for whatever you may find while you’re there.