Your Seattle Southside Packing List
What to Pack for a Trip to Seattle Southside
If you're planning a trip to Seattle Southside, you're in for a treat!
The Pacific Northwest is known for its scenic beauty, delicious food, and vibrant culture. However, before you start packing your bags, it's important to know what to bring. In this blog post, we'll go over what you should pack for a trip to Seattle Southside, no matter what time of year it is.
Follow the Rules
TSA Guidelines aren’t suggestions – they’re ground rules! So don’t get grounded for failing to follow them – make sure you check the latest guidelines on what you can and can’t bring with you in your carry-on and checked luggage. These change on occasion, so even if you think you know what you can bring, it’s a good idea to check first so that you don’t get stopped at the checkpoint later.
The Dress Code
Pacific Northwest weather can change over the course of a day, so it's best to pack layered clothing. Bring a mix of t-shirts, sweaters, and jackets that you can easily layer depending on the weather, especially in the Spring and Fall when weather can turn on a dime. And while you should definitely bring a raincoat, we recommend a lightweight rain shell over a heavier coat unless you’re coming in the winter. Summers are, naturally, the warmest months, but don't forget to bring layers anyhow - once the sun sets, it can cool off very quickly. Shorts and a hoodie are the summer uniform in the Pacific Northwest. The vibe in this part of the world is very laid-back and very into its outdoor wear, so you can feel free to aim for a more casual look unless your plans are taking you somewhere formal.
Here in the Pacific Northwest we love getting outside, so it's important to bring comfortable shoes. Whether you're exploring one of Seattle Southside’s many parks or hiking trails, or heading downtown to see the tourist attractions, you'll want a pair of shoes that can keep up with you. Because of access to Light Rail, our destination is far more walkable than you might think, so be sure to come prepared for getting your steps in. If you plan to hit the trails, make sure you’re packing sturdy and supportive hiking boots. If you're travelling any time outside of the summer months, be sure to bring at least one pair of waterproof (or at least water-resistant) shoes so that you have an option to keep your feet dry. No matter what shoes you bring, make sure you’ve broken them in before your trip – you don’t want blisters to ruin your vacation, after all!
Did you know that the Seattle region sells 50% more sunglasses per capita than the U.S. average? It’s true! Despite the reputation for rainy weather, when the sun comes out it can be hard on the eyes! Due to our northern latitude, the sun sits lower in the sky than it does further south, leading to longer periods where glare can affect you. So don’t forget your sunglasses, or you’ll help contribute to our reputation as the sunglass sales capital of the country!
Bring a backpack to carry all of your essentials while you explore all the curiously wonderful sights in Seattle Southside. You'll want a backpack that's comfortable to wear and has enough space to carry your outer layers, sunscreen, water bottle, and any other essentials you need.
With all the exploring you'll be doing, your phone's battery may drain quickly. Bring a portable charger (also known as a power bank) to keep your phone and other devices charged throughout the day. And this should go without saying, but be sure you bring charging cables for all your devices, too!
Keep in mind your itinerary when you're packing for your travels, too. If you want to go to a Mariners game, for instance, you'll want to make sure to bring a clear tote bag to take into the stadium with you. Planning on staying at a hotel with a pool? Of course you'll want to bring your swimsuit.
In conclusion, packing for a trip to Seattle Southside requires a little bit of preparation, but with these essential items, you'll be ready to explore the region with ease. Don't forget to add layered clothing, comfortable shoes, sunglasses, a backpack, and a portable charger to your trip packing list for Seattle Southside. Happy travels!
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