It’s been a while since I did a packing list! As a notorious over-packer, now living with a capsule wardrobe, I’ve been working hard to simplify my packing as well. Although I wear the same things over and over at home, somehow when I go on a trip, I pack as if I won’t re-wear anything during the trip, which I inevitably always do.
This past weekend, we camped at Fort Stevens State Park, just outside of Astoria, OR. B had a golf tournament in Gearhart, a little south along the coast, and we thought it would be fun to make a weekend of it. I had some time to myself while he golfed, and spent it reading quietly, gazing at the ocean, and wandering around the little town of Gearhart ogling the shingled coastal homes. If it sounds idyllic, it kind of was. We had dinner at Fort George Brewery in Astoria, and the next night, drove the truck onto the beach and BBQ’d by the ocean listening to Creedence Clearwater Revival. Needless to say, we took full advantage.
This packing list is inspired by my time at the Oregon coast. It isn’t exactly what I brought; I adjusted it a little bit to accommodate those who might be camping or staying in a hotel or rental. The weather is all over the place on the Oregon coast, so I say come prepared. Have something to wear if it does get warm, but you’ll likely spend your time in layers, as it’s usually cooler with a lot of wind. Here’s a simple packing list for a summer trip to the coast…
Tank top (similar) | Good for layering, and for tan shoulders if the sun makes an appearance.
Flannel Shirt (similar) | A great layering piece for those in-between temps.
T-shirt | A basic piece that every trip needs, this time with an Oregon twist.
Hoodie | Stay warm, and look like you belong in the Pacific Northwest. The coast here is casual, no need to get dressy.
Boyfriend Jeans (similar) | I don’t own a pair, but I’m always craving a pair with a little more room than my skinnies when I’m on the beach or camping.
Raincoat or Windbreaker | Necessary for blocking the wind on the beach, and for impromptu rain showers.
Shorts | Just in case it gets warm!
Leggings | A travel necessity.
Sandals | For walking along the beach or around town. Swap for a pair of boots in the colder months.
Baseball cap | To keep the sun out of your eyes and hair out of your face.
Sneakers | I love my old, dirty converse for walking on the beach. Bring a cleaner pair for around town if you don’t plan on wearing them in the sand.
Sunglasses | Even cloudy days get bright!
I wore my denim jacket a bunch this weekend, so I might add that or another lighter coat to this packing list. Would you add anything else to this list?