"Packing List" Oregon Packing List Tip by JessicaS
Oregon What to Pack: 15 reviews and 5 photos
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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