What to pack for Oregon

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    Oregon is all about the great outdoors

    by richiecdisc Updated Oct 30, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: The Pacific Crest Trail goes through Oregon so if inclined by all means bring a backpack. A day pack is fine for other short hikes.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good sturdy hiking boots are what you will need for tackling Oregon's many rugged trails. Bring layers of clothing as the weather is changeable. A warm hat is even useful in summer for chilly mornings if camping. Rain gear is a must in Oregon though we saw not one drop in our two weeks there in July.

    Photo Equipment: A wide angle lens is great for landscape photography and bringing the foreground into your photos. A zoom for wildlife makes you less intrusive and gets you better shots every time. An external flash is great for pictures of food and people against washed out backgrounds. A tripod is good for low light situations and cute couple photos.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Oregon is a great place for camping so by all means bring a tent, sleeping bags, mats and a cooker. You will not only save money on accommodation but you will be closer to the nature you came to see in the first place.

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    Be ready for cool weather

    by bicycle_girl Written Dec 11, 2006

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    Luggage and bags: Something waterproof can be helpful especially if you are backpacking or cyclo-touring

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Gore-tex everything can help, but also don't forget your hat, mitts and fleece. Some people like to wear a poncho because it covers the backpack when it rains.

    Miscellaneous: Be ready for fog and cool weather at any time of the year, even in the warm summer months. That is it would be warm inland, but it never gets over 25 degrees on the Oregon coast... Dress accordingly.

    Fog can bring great photo opportunities here!
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    by OregonAmy Updated Feb 28, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Anything that won't let water in :)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Depends on the time of year, but dress for layers. In other words, bring t-shirts and pants year round. In winter, bring a sweater or something to wear over the t-shirt, and a coat. In spring or autumn, bring a light jacket to wear over the t-shirt. In summer, you can get by in just t-shirts & jeans. or shorts if it's really warm.

    Oregon's weather is very mild but will change in an instant, so be prepared!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: mosquito repellant in the late summer.

    Photo Equipment: lots of film and a tripod. Oregon is ideal for scenic photographers.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: bring an umbrella that is small. otherwise, leave the heavy-duty stuff at home. Bring your heavy coat for the beach. Unless it's summertime and hot. The wind gets really cold, especially in evenings.

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    Oregon Climatology

    by Easty Written Jun 28, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Oregon's weather varies from region to region. Inland Oregon can have very warm days. Coastal Oregon has cool days because of the influence of the Pacific Ocean. Plan for packing in all types of weather.

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    Running shoes?

    by TashieKitten Written May 7, 2003

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Portland, Oregon is one of the fittest cities in America. All Oregonians enjoy getting outside. Bring some running or hiking shoes and take a trip outdoors. Don't let the weather stop you (especially if you're in Portland or at the Coast) because you might never get outside if you're waiting for sunshine.

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    by CDelg Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Try to keep OFF or something for that hike or picnic in the park. Lots of parks to choose from. and bring suntan lotion. when it's Hot it's HOT. but for the most part it's nice mild weather. and it's doesn't always rain in Eugene, Just seems that way, once it starts your just waiting for it to end.

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    by DM_PDX Written Aug 26, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Backpacks. Oregon has some of the best hiking and camping areas in the country.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rainjackets but no umbrellas. A sure sign that you're not from Oregon is if you're carrying an umbrella with you. Oregonians don't let a little rain stop them from getting outside.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping and hiking opportunities are everywhere. There are great car camping sites at the coast and in the mountains. Or for the more adventurous, there are plenty of backpacking hikes through old growth forests in the mountains. Stop by any ranger station on your drive into the mountains for a complete set of maps and recommendations.

    Miscellaneous: Don't expect to spend much time in the ocean, unless you have a wetsuit. The water temperature is normally in the mid 40's Fahrenheit.

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    by slabeaume Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you expect the coast to be warm in the summer, you'd probably be mistaken. A jacket is usually needed. Good thing is, it's not much colder in the winter. But you will get a lot more rain in the winter. We usually go to the coast in the summer and haven't been rained on too often then.

    Photo Equipment: A camera is a must. A polarizing filter can really make the colors come out on film the way you remember them.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: An option to camping on the beach is renting a Yurt. We did that one year and it was really neat. But you better reserve it well in advance! They are really quite roomey with a bunk bed and a fouton in it and a little table. THis picture is from the inside of the one we stayed in.

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    by TashieKitten Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: As usual, this depends on what you're planning on doing and how you like to travel. You can do just about anything here.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I would say to any traveller, wear really good walking shoes and break them in before you go. It can rain nearly anytime so be prepared (I've even heard of it snowing in Bend {Central Oregon} on the 4th of July!)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You can get nearly anything here. I would say, if you're going camping and don't like bugs, get some bug spray.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Waterproof anything and everything. And stake your tent...you don't want to have to chase it down the beach!

    Miscellaneous: Bring your smiles!

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    by monroe9 Written Aug 26, 2002

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring extra shoes to the coast, and some kitchen sized garbage bags.....so you can put all your wet/sandy clothing, shoes, etc. in the bags without making a mess in your car.

    Photo Equipment: Always bring a camera......disposable cameras are best for us, because of the wind, salty air, and sand. We just don't want to take a chance with our good camera, and when it gets windy the sand can be damaging to things such as cameras, eyeglasses, etc.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are camping in a tent, on the oregon coast, be sure and have an air matress or cot, so you are not right on the ground.......the nights are extremely cold in a tent.

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    by moremaga Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: It rains in Oregon a lot! Even in the summer you can get caught in a downpour or drizzle. Gortex is the best fabric for jackets if you live in Oregon. Springtime is rainy, summer can be hot (75-100deg F), fall stays warm and sunny till around October, and then it rains the whole winter until the end of spring or early summer. As you can tell, if you don't like rain visit in late July through early October. The plus side to this rain means if you like skiing or snowboarding there will be lots of snow on the mountain!!

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    by BlinkyPoof Written Aug 25, 2002

    Luggage and bags: Just take waterproof bags because you might set it down on a slightly-wet ground and find all your bottom clothes wet. Also in the winter it regularly rains off and on during the day, so make sure your luggage is made of good material so your clothes don't get moldy.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring good shoes, sandals in summer. Always toss a raincoat or snowcoat (where it snows) in the back seat because you never know. It's chilly at night in the summer and freezing in winter. Make sure you've got a car that has heat! Bring lots of socks and underwear and jeans are good too. If you're going to do lake/beach stuff, wear a wetsuit.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Just the general first aid kit, no real danger unless you're going hiking and you encounter a bear or snake.
    Also be careful because the roads in winter can have black ice and it can be very foggy. bring a scraper to scrape frost off of your windshield and make sure your wipers work!

    Photo Equipment: Just bring a bag that you can stick your camera in so that it won't get wet while outside, and clean your lenses (or check them) often. Make sure that your camera is always in a dry place because wetness sometimes gets into bags.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: waterproof everything for camping, thick sleeping bags, maybe a tarp if it starts to rain. We've had racoons go after our food so be sure and put it up in a tree or hide it in your car. Some beaches have jellyfish and seals, grey whales & porpoises can be sighted on charter boats on the coast

    Miscellaneous: Just get over the weather and enjoy how green and beautiful and mossy Oregon is! Take every detour and go driving off the highways, there are some great little areas to go explore around here.

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    by JessicaS Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: I'm sure you've heard that it rains here quite a bit... And it does. Pretty much all winter (and some of the spring, too) is wet, and you just can't ever be sure that you'll have sun for your entire visit. It's a good idea to bring some kind of waterproof jacket (lightweight during summer) or umbrella (although wind makes them slightly useless sometimes), or just prepare to get a little wet. (It's what we all do here.)

    We're generally a very casual bunch out here - jeans and a nice shirt or sweater are usually plenty for most restaurants, and you can sometimes get away with even more casual stuff. And since much of the draw for this part of the world is the plethora of outdoor activities we have available, you certainly want to bring the appropriate attire and gear for that!

    Even in summer, the nights tend to cool off enough that you'd want a light jacket or sweater, and the coast is often quite a bit cooler than the rest of the state. The Willamette Valley gets the most rain, and has fairly moderate temperatures. Eastern and Southern Oregon are warmer in summer and colder in winter - that's where you'll find snow.

    If you're here on business, chances are that the attire will be much more casual than you're used to elsewhere - although the Pacific Northwest wardrobe (thank you, Microsoft) is spreading to the rest of the country somewhat.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Oregon has it all - beaches, forests, deserts, mountains... So come prepared. There's windsurfing in the beautiful Columbia Gorge, world-famous rock climbing at Smith Rock in Central Oregon, starkly lovely deserts in Eastern Oregon, and year-round skiing just outside Portland on Mt Hood. And virtually everyone in the Pacific Northwest hikes - even if they do nothing else remotely outdoorsy, they hike. There's plenty of great trails in every part of the state.

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    by jgemini65 Written Aug 25, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: The Oregon coast can be very cool! Always have good wind and rain gear for any time of year! If you are inland and it is summer you are gauranteed HEAT! But probably cool nites esp., at a high elevation such as Crater Lake!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Backpacking!!!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Shopping is almost always nearby...except maybe in the High Desert! Can be about 100 miles between services at some inland locations...esp., in the Southern Oregon high desert!

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    by JohnMJ Written Aug 24, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Weather is unpredictable in Oregon, so be prepared. The coastal areas are moderate year around, rainy except summertime. The valley has cool and wet winters, rarely snow; wet but changeable falls and springs, usually warm and dry summers. Eastern Oregon has warmer summers, colder winters, usually dry (high desert).

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are hiking into the mountain lake areas, be prepared for mosquitos in spring and early summer. They can be so bad, I once ran back to my car on a hike. Wait til August!

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