Pacific Northwest Packing Essentials

This post is sponsored by Totes Cirrus but the content and opinions expressed here are my own.

Traveling somewhere that has an opposite climate than what you are used to can make you feel like a fish out of water, or in our case, like two scorpions out of the desert. 

Adam and I have plans to travel to the Pacific Northwest again this year, and we have been making some preparations to get ready for our trip. For Adam's 30th birthday, I planned and executed a surprise getaway trip to Seattle for him and this was his first time traveling to the Pacific Northwest (and only my second time, that is, if you do not count the trips to Alaska). 

While my plans to organize the airline tickets, hotel, restaurant reservations, and some other fun birthday surprises went smoothly, planning for the weather was, well, an oversight on my part! 

Today, we are sharing some of our Pacific Northwest travel packing essentials likes these Totes Cirrus Rainboots in hopes that our Phoenician friends who are planning a visit to a chilly, humid, rainy, and oftentimes windy place will be more prepared so that they can enjoy being outside while exploring some of the most beautiful places in the country!

Adam and I will be headed to Oregon for the first time this month, so to ensure that we are well-prepared for our winter travels to the Pacific Northwest, we thought we would comprise and share our winter packing essentials! 

Comfortable Rainboots

I know I have mentioned in the past how much I enjoy these Totes Cirrus Rainboots, and while they are more of a seasonal item for monsoon season here living in Phoenix, they are an absolute must-have when I am packing for a trip anywhere that is expecting rain! 

Whether I am headed on a press trip to Wisconsin, Alaska, or even Seattle, I make sure to pack along these lightweight rainboots that are so comfortable I can walk around the city in them all day long since they are made with Everywear™ technology, which makes them 60% lighter than other boots I have owned. 

A new rain boot from Totes that’s so lightweight, comfortable and durable you’ll want to wear them whether its raining or not while you are exploring the great Pacific Northwest. You can learn all about the technology behind my favorite rainboots, and see the different styles and colors they have available in your size on their website here. 

Even though the holidays have passed and Christmas and the gift-giving season is over, be sure to add these Totes Cirrus Rainboots to your wishlist because you will want them all year long! Use promo code "CIRRUSGIFT30" at checkout for a discount (for a limited time only). 

Warm Coat with a Hood

Rather than carry an umbrella around with me while I am traveling, a durable coat that keeps me warm throughout the day that also has a hood I can pop when it starts to drizzle, or even start downpouring, will help keep me dry and feeling more comfortable while on the go! There is nothing worse than having sopping wet hair all day, especially when you do not have the luxury of returning to your home to blowdry your hair and while you are on-the-go.

Functional Jeans (i.e. not ripped, slashed, non-functional fashionable ones)

Now, I know I am going to sound like my mom when I say this, but, make sure you pack a real pair of denim jeans. I am not talking about the ones you got that are covered in slashed holes that you bought to wear to the bar to wear with cute heels. I am talking about the kind of jeans that are made with real denim, so they are warm, have functional pockets, and are fitted for comfort so you can walk around all day feeling comfortable while you travel. I made the mistake of wearing uncomfortable jeggings with fashionable rips in them in Seattle, which made for an uncomfortable day (and cold legs!) 

Sunblock and Moisturizer with SPF

Don't let the cloudy weather fool you! The sun is still behind those clouds, and chances are if you do not apply any sunscreen before you leave the hotel and begin exploring, you will end up with a sunburn at the end of the day. 

I will be the first to admit that I have made the mistake of not preparing for sun damage when it comes to traveling to places that are known for being more cloudy. When I visited my mom in Alaska, I had not expected to need sunblock. It was cold, rainy, and very cloudy. But sure enough, at the end of the day, my nose was burnt and I was uncomfortable. So make sure to pack TSA-approved sunblock for your body and your face before you travel! 

Gloves, Scarf, and a Beanie

Okay, maybe you won't need these in the summer in the Pacific Northwest. But as a Phoenician, I am a little bit more cold-blooded than most Americans so I tend to feel cold before everyone else does. 

Specifically through the holiday season, and throughout the entire winter, having durable and warm gloves, a scarf, and a beanie is an absolute must-have if you are traveling to the Pacific Northwest. While the sun may be shining and the high is in the 40s or 50s, the wind chill is no joke and it can make it feel up to 20 or even 30 degrees colder than it really is! They may seem unnecessary, but with the limited amount of real estate that they take up in your suitcase, you will want to make sure you pack them (trust me, you would rather pack them and then not need them, as opposed to not packing them and desperately wanting them!) 

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  1. You are going to have so much fun! That is such a gorgeous area of the country. It's so lush and the coast is amazing.

    1. I agree! It is such a beautiful part of the country. I hope to make out it that way for a real outdoor trip. The last few times I went was for work and I was stuck in a hotel in the middle of the city the entire time.

  2. It's awesome that you're heading to Oregon! I'd love to make it out that way this year. Those boots are definitely going to help keep you dry and comfy.

  3. Those boots are so cute! Perfect for the weather up in the Northwest! This time of year I know it is very wet! Looks like you had a great time!

  4. I need those rain boots right now. It has been extremely rainy here this winter. Rain doesn't bother me in the summer when it is warm but it is 41 and rainy at the moment I would love some extra protection. Smart idea to pack them for your trip to help keep you a bit warmer and your feet dry. Plus they are cute.

  5. Awesome! I hope you have a lot of fun in Oregon! I can't wait to read all about it, whether on Facebook, or a blog post. Make sure to take lots of pictures

  6. I've been looking for a pair of rain boots and love those, especially since they aren't tall.

  7. Thank you very much for these tips. I think these ARE the most important things that should be in any travel bag!

  8. I love how stylish those rain boots are - they are perfect! I've only traveled to the Pacific Northwest a couple of times so this post comes in handy for this southern girl.

  9. I will have to look into those totes rain proof boots. Like the low cut so much easier to slip on and off. Perfect for break up weather when spring hits.

  10. I hope you have a wonderful time! Thank you for the tips. I am pretty terrible at packing, so I need all the help I can get.

  11. I traveled to Seattle last February for my birthday and was super pumped to pack all of my rain gear only for it to be 50* and sunny all weekend! LOL!!

  12. Thanks for the tips! Those rain boots do look super comfy! And we all know rain boots are a MUST have when exploring rainy States!

  13. Love the boots! They look so pretty and comfortable! Can't wait to check them out!

  14. I have never been to the northwest but have heard about the weather and those boots are the number one preparation. Keep warm and dry and enjoy the trip

  15. Those Totes rain boots are so nice. Love that they are lightweight. Perfect for your trip. I should get a pair too. Thanks for your winter packing tips. They would really come in handy.

  16. Well, I don't have any of those things, so I better go shopping if we plan to travel.

  17. I have been looking for new boots and I love those! You never know what the weather is going to be in Kentucky!

  18. People have been joking that our city is now the "seattle of the south" because it has rained so much over the past year. Those rainboots would fit in great here!

  19. I remember being able to drive from Michigan to Canada without even having to show your drivers license to go between the two. Now you need a passport to do it. So important to have a passport handy if you want to go to our neighbor in the north. Glad you added that to your check list of things to pack.

  20. I'm hoping to make a trip to Seattle in the near future, I'll keep this tips in mind.Those rain boots look great and I could use a pair even if I never travel again. We have a lot of rainy days in my area.

  21. Never been to that part of the country but I certainly would love to go one of these days. Those rain boots look so nice!

  22. Great tips - love those Totes - they look comfy!!


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