How to pack efficiently for the Northwest!
The heart of the great Pacific Northwest (PNW) is Oregon and Washington. These sister states share similar climates and natural beauty, but are divided by the great Cascade mountain range. The western half is a narrow slice of oceanic climate at the coasts, which turns into temperate rainforests. The majority of both states is dominated by semi-arid deserts in the east. However, no matter where you go, the PNW offers some of the most amazing, raw natural wonders in the United States. Below explains what you will need to bring to make the best of your Northwest trip.
Clothes and Shoes:
The most important thing to pack if you are visiting the PNW is rain gear. Oregon averages a modest 30 inches of rain a year, while Washington averages 30. However, in the mountain ranges this increases to an average of 100 and even 200 inches of rain in certain areas. Besides this, the weather is often overcast, windy and difficult to predict. Therefore, it’s important to wear layers because the weather changes so quickly that locals joke they get their daily exercise from dressing and undressing throughout the day.
Finally, be sure to have both sturdy hiking books and comfortable walking shoes or sandals. Your morning may start out hiking Multnomah Falls (the 2nd tallest waterfall in the US) in the beautiful Columbia Gorge and end wandering the eclectic streets of downtown Portland for some excellent ethnic food. If you love winter sports, then prepare warm clothes for Mount Hood, Oregon’s premier ski destination, or any of the dozen ski friendly mountains in Washington.
Be sure to bring a comfortable backpack that has enough room for your gear or extra layers (if the weather turns nice). Carrying an umbrella is a must, but make sure it’s sturdy and large (a golf umbrella wouldn’t hurt).When packing, use Ziploc bags to organize your items. Below are the basics that you will need:
-First aid kit
-Hand sanitizing wipes
-Leatherman (or you can buy one at the headquarters in Portland)
The PNW has plenty of healthy food and restaurants to offer. However, even if you don’t love organic, gluten-free food, it’s still a good idea to bring some healthy snacks. below are some ideas:
-Energy or granola bars
-Nuts (almonds, pistachios, peanuts)
-Fruit (fresh berries or dried apricots)
-Trail mix (you can build your own at most stores)
-Prepped vegetables (grape tomatoes, baby carrots, celery sticks)
The Pacific Northwest has an unlimited supply of some of the most fantastic outdoor opportunities in the United States. You can kayak down the Columbia River, walk pioneer trails in the east, hike through virgin forests and go whale watching on the coast. You can explore Oregon wineries or experience the wildness of Pike Place Market in Seattle. The Pacific Northwest has a little bit of something for everyone.
This guest contribution comes from KJ’s Superstores, a convenience store and car wash chain with locations in Jackson, WY, Idaho Falls, ID and Logan, UT.
Topic: How to pack efficiently for the Northwest!