Whether you are escaping to the mountains for a weekend or longer, it’s important to plan everything carefully while you are packing. Mountain weather is much cooler than city weather, and since many mountain towns are small and remote, you may not be able to purchase anything you need if you forget to pack it. Taking the time to carefully pack for your trip is the best way to ensure that you’ll have everything you need to get the most out of your adventure.
Things You Should Not Leave Home Without
Make a list of things you’ll need to wear and use while you are out in the mountains. Don’t forget to include things that you normally take everywhere with you such as your sunglasses and prescription medications. Lists are very handy to use when packing, because they help to prevent you from overlooking things from all of the excitement and anxiety you may be feeling about your upcoming vacation.
Essential items to pack include:
- Long active wear pants
- Extra socks, underwear, and t-shirts
- Activity gear
- Bug repellent
- Extra shoes
Don’t forget to check the extended weather forecast for the dates that you will be traveling in the mountains. This will help you to pack the right type of clothing for your mountain getaway. Also, inspect all activity gear and bring an outdoor blanket before packing to ensure that everything is in good condition. The last thing you want to end up with is faulty gear while you are hiking or scaling the mountains.
Other Packing Considerations
It is only natural to feel as if you are going to forget something and to overpack in an effort to compensate. However, if you are only going to the mountains for a few days, you only need to pack enough clothing to outfit you for that amount of time. Any liquid items and prescriptions should be packed into plastic bags to keep them from leaking inside of your suitcase or bag. Always carry extra doses of your prescriptions with you in case of emergencies.
While you may have been taught to fold your clothes before putting them into your luggage, try rolling them up instead. Rolling your clothing helps to keep everything neat and creates more space for you to fit everything inside of your bag or suitcase. It also helps to eliminate the need to take additional luggage.
Even with careful planning, sometimes the weather can prolong your trip. Make sure you have everything you need to remain safe and comfortable in the event of inclement weather.