Ready to go to the Columbia River Gorge? We gave you tips on how to plan, we provided an itinerary and you learned what to wear. Now, it's time to pack! When I pack, I start gathering items early to lay out near the suitcases. Unfortunately, most clothing and toiletries are packed during the midnight hour before our first travel day. :)
Miscellaneous items to start gathering early:
Closer to your travel day pack miscellaneous items above either in suitcase or personal bag where it makes sense. Add clothing, shoes, accessories, outerwear (this post described what to wear) and toiletries, and you are ready to go!
In our backpacks:
On the plane, our backpacks contain a few snacks, book, travel pillow, electronics, wallets, and tickets. After we arrived, our backpacks served several different purposes. Little britches had a light weight backpack only for carrying his jacket when he needed to remove a layer and his crocs if we crossed water. My backpack always has a first aid kit, three disposable rain ponchos, small nylon rope, multi-tool (must be in checked luggage), small pack of Kleenex, wet wipes and extra socks. Always be prepared is my motto. In addition, I carry two water bottles and most of the daily snacks (we buy these at our destination - post coming soon). Eric's backpack carried camera gear and his water bottle.
I always pack a snack bag for our travel day. Typically, I use a disposable brown paper grocery bag (doubled up to increase strength or handles). This bag goes with me through airport security and on the plane. Remember, no liquids. Our snack bag contains our breakfast or lunch for travel and snacks for the plane. Once we've eaten and snacked, the bag can be tossed into a recycling bin. It might contain: