Washington State What to Pack

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Washington State What to Pack

  • Wetproof Gear

    Seattle What to Pack

    Even though Seattle is often described as one of the rainiest cities in the US, it's not exactly true - it's not that it rains a lot, it's that it rains a little bit, almost all the time! On average, it rains over 150 days a year in Seattle, and clouds are present almost 300 days a year. Locals are so used to the rain coming and going (for it...

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  • Travel Light / Layers

    Seattle What to Pack

    Comfortable Shoes, Sweatshirt/Blazer, and lightweight pants/shorts. We always travel in August or September, which in all reality is truly the perfect time. It's a bit warm still but there is seldom rain. Pack a windbreaker or sweatshirt just in case... or don't and buy a souvenir that will brighten up your rainy days when you return home!

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  • The Full Works

    Seattle What to Pack

    Obviously- the 2 carry-on minimum if traveling by air. Otherwise, feel free to pack yourselves silly. You may look like a Grand Canyon donkey, but you are the one that gets to carry it all, lucky you! Layers, layers, layers! WINTER- definitely scarf/hat and mittens/gloves with thick parka/overcoat. Its downright cold! Always helps to have hot,...

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  • Umbrellas

    Seattle What to Pack

    Always bring a jacket in Seattle because the weather here is cloudy and cold in the month of April and May. The weather in June, July, August and September is absolutely beautiful! Comfortable walking shoes if you intend to explore downtown Seattle. Walking on the Pike Street or down below the Aquarium. There are lots of walking involved because...

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  • Go Take a Hike

    Seattle What to Pack

    Backpack or at least a daypack to go out hiking Hiking boots/shoes,dress shoes for night,though there are not that many places with strict dress codes. Bring a sweater even in the summer and a coat in winter(gore-tex would work or just a medium winter coat) Bring a camera for sure as there are so many photo opportunities. We are the home of REI as...

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  • Summer Gear / Sunblock

    Seattle What to Pack

    Well, both times I've been to Seattle in the summer, the weather was very pleasant... temperatures in the 70's... it was about 80 one day and I was told that was pretty hot! (I'm sitting here in Louisville in June and it was 94 today!!!) Also, it was sunny... both times I was there in the summer it was sunny and beautiful outside. This is certainly...

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  • Packing List

    Washington State is a backpacking paradise and this is one place you can truly use a backpack to carry all you need for a multi-day camping trip. For those not so inclined a simple day pack will suffice for long beach walks or even shorter ones in the rain forest and alpine areas. Pack layers of synthetic clothing for the highly changeable weather...

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  • How to Pack for the Olympic Peninsula,...

    When considering luggage and bags, make sure your bags are lightweight and water-resistant. Take an extra (empty) duffle or backpack, because of the current weight limits set by the airlines, so you can be sure to have room to bring home souvineers. Bring a backpack with you for exploring - especially a water-proof backpack, that is comfortable to...

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  • Packing List

    Whatever works. West side of the Cascades: remember to pack a light rain jacket (it doesn't rain All the time, but it does some of the time).East of the Cascades: Pack sunblock, tank tops for summer, and remember to pack heavy snow boots in winter, to protect you from snow snakes. Sun block and cold pills. See above

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  • Packing List

    Average daily temperature: 70 degrees. Water temperature: 55 degrees. It rains up to 100 inches a year, so come in August, one of the driest months. And keep your eyes peeled for otters, pelicans, and the occasional bald eagle.

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  • Packing List

    There isn't a very big problem in Seattle or the surrounding areas with purse snatching, or the like. So, you can wear a purse or a bag, without having to fear. However, if you are going to be walking around (which is easy and fun in Seattle) you should pack light and comfortable. Seattle is known to rain, and in fall, winter, and early spring it...

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  • Packing List

    Waterproof bags are the only way to go when heading into Washington and Seattle. I took my umbrella which was a good thing.. Unfortunately, since it was rather hot summer at home, I didn't think to take thick jeans and plenty of changes of socks. Waterproof a backpack so that you can take it with you wherever you go. That way you can pack extra...

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  • Packing List

    Camping Antihistamines, for allergic reactions. Iodine tablets for drinking water, if you can't bring your own or are unable to boil any.First-Aid pack list:antibacterial hand cleaner,adhesive and butterfly bandages, self adhesive roller bandages,steril gauze pads,large wound dressings,blister dressings,non-adhesive dressings, thermometer,latex...

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  • Packing List

    Whatever works for your kind of travel. Bring your boots and your rain coat. Avoid cotton clothing and underwear. The best clothing for conditions that often turn cold and damp, or wet, are polypropylene or coolmax. These fibers wick moisture away from your body to keep you drier. No, this isn't an endorsement of any kind of antiperspirant. For...

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  • Packing List

    From our experience of touring the state in May, be prepared for any weather. We encountered snow around Mt. Rainier and wore shorts around Yakima and Tri-Cities. Rain will probably be in the forecast so prepare for wet weather. Bring lots of film! There are photo opportunities everywhere!

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