So now that you know what the entire rest of our local troops are wearing, you may be curious, Dear Reader, as to what I’m wearing myself.
First of all, of course, are the desert combat boots. The roads are are very rough, deeply rutted, and a very large gravel (golf ball or hens egg sized) is used, so having a very stiff sole is terribly helpful. Finding them in my size was a real challenge, and I truly wish they were easier to put on and take off. Notwithstanding, they are lightweight and quite comfortable.
The company has provided two polo shirts in company colors, embroidered with the company crest. So I wear these when I am on “official business” type tasks, such as conducting audits. I also brought a couple Travelsmith tropical shirts, which are proving very comfortable in the heat. Alas, these are no longer being carried by Travelsmith.
I brought two sorts of trousers: a sturdy tactical pant which is on the warm side but which can stand the industrial laundry, and a much lighter weight Tilley pant which is very comfortable in the heat but which requires I make a trip to the laundromat. The Tilley pants are so light and comfortable in the heat that I’ve ordered shorts as well.
I have a Tilley hat, of course. The wide brim is essential in this land of no shade.
And sunglasses. And 80-weight sunscreen (yes! I found that in Seattle! Can you imagine??).