You should pack one of the popular brands of maps for Indiana and one "what to see" guide.
AAA members can get both of those for free at their AAA office. Others will have to buy something like the Rand Mcnally or American Maps Co. map and the Delorme guide. National Geographic has a nice laminated map and guide set (that is a bit pricey but is very durable).
We then supplement those items with whatever we can get our hands on at the Welcome Visitors Centers and in the motel waiting rooms.
Luggage and bags:
Big. Big bags. Suitcases are a good invention. Don't bring real leather, becasue if you do any sight seeing, believe me, you WILL get dirty and maybe a little scuffed.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring tennis shoes and dressy shoes. There are a lot of rocks and trees to climb, but there are also fancier places to dine. T-shirts, sweatshirts aren't a bad idea; it can get pretty cold here. If you don't like the weather, wait 5 minutes; it'll change. Jeans, shorts, and khakies are good. Biker shorts/spandex - How many cars do you want hit by? Tank tops are VERY in here. If you wear animal prints, be VERY CAREFUL. This IS hunting ground.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring shampoo because the little sample things are never enough. Bring you bath puffs! We have soap, but body wash is better for our climate. Your skin dries out very quickly. If you have allergies, for your own sake, BRING ALLERGY MEDICINE!!! We have pharmacies, but they are extremely slow. Wal-Mart IS 24 hours here (Princeton).
Photo Equipment: Bring your cameras! We have a lot of nature things to photograph. Deer running through an open field, flowers, just silly things like our Castle Carwash. If you are familiar with the Classic Dickon's Villiage, that courthouse is actually based on ours! We have a lot of old buildings, even a condemed hospital from the 50's! It's very neat!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: For camping you would have to go to Santa Clause or Lincoln. Lincoln has the beach, Santa Clause has the theme park, but here is the deal, They are right beside each other! It's about a 2 minuite drive from one place to the other.
Miscellaneous: Bring all of the above. We are a small place, but with varying sights and activities.
Luggage and bags:
In Indiana, it all depends on how long you are going to be staying.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: In the late fall and early spring and winter, bring lots and lots of layers of clothes. In the summer, shorts and a T-shirt and sandals are your best bet.
Photo Equipment: We have plenty of places to buy film and all your other camera needs. Even though you won't really need that much film since there's nothing really amazing to see anyway.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring lots and lots and lots of bug spray!!
dress for the season. In the fall and winter you may get radical temperature changes very quickly
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Mosquito and tick repellent,sunblock
Photo Equipment: you may want to bring extra camera batteries or pick some up before you get to the park especially late in the season.the park is open but the store is closed.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: in the summer prepare for mosquitos and ticks. at the beach use sunblock and drink lots of liquids. the heat and humidity will dehydrate you if you are tanning
Miscellaneous: telephoto and wide angle lens for your camera
Indiana has all four seasons even though Spring and Fall are sometimes very short. If you visit here from a warmer climate, bring a coat,in the winter (especially this one) bring your boots, also.
Photo Equipment: Photography is one of our hobbies. There are many things all across our state that are worthy of photographing. Parks, lakes, beaches, cities, homes, and history.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Lots of campgrounds around the state at reasonable prices. Many lakes and beaches to enjoy. Other activities for about any type of recreation you could ask for.
Luggage and bags:
It truly depends on the time of year you visit, if you are in for a convention, hard sided luggage is good, if you want to do the parks, backpacks are a welcome addition.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Comfortable shoes will suffice for most hiking, although boots can be needed for some of the more strenous trails, rain gear is a must, as 'if you don't like the weather here, wait a minute and it will change'
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sun screen, insect repellant, asprin(for the hangover from too much fun) If you are allergic to bees, bring you shots, as the bees are plentiful in the summer.
Photo Equipment: Any and all, you will encounter some areas where you will want a telephoto, panaoramic, or just a regular lense.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A good tent, sleeping bags (it can get cold here in the spring and fall when the sun goes down) swimwear, as the lakes are plentiful.
Miscellaneous: Just enjoy, there is something for everyone in Indiana.
Indiana tends to be hot and muggy during June and July, cold during December and January and possibly February, rainy in March and April, and can be quite beautiful with moderate temperatures in May and in September - November. There is a saying about Indiana that if you don't like the weather just wait awhile as it can change dramatically. .......
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