25 Must Have Items for your Oregon Coast Vacation

Packing the basics for your coast vacation

25 Must Have Items for your Oregon Coast Vacation

Packing for your Oregon Coast vacation requires a bit of common sense. Weather at the beach can be unpredictable at any time of year. Being informed will help you enjoy your visit.

The List: 25 Must Have Items for your Oregon Coast Vacation

All Seasons:

  1. Sunscreen
  2. Warm hat
  3. Sunglasses
  4. Long sleeve shirt
  5. Long pants
  6. Socks
  7. Sturdy shoes for walking on rocks (tide pooling)
  8. Rubber boots (for crossing rivulets running into the ocean)
  9. Fleece jacket or sweater for layering
  10. Rain/wind coat
  11. Camera
  12. Hair tie (in case it is windy on the beach)
  13. Chap Stick
  14. Water and snacks
  15. Doggy bags if you have a dog
  16. Tide Schedule – Beach Safety awareness (available at Visitor Center or your lodging location)
  17. Cash and/or charge card (in case you decide to walk to town for a refreshment)
  18. A bag to collect shells, rocks, small pieces of driftwood – or trash, if that is your choice (the tide deposits small pieces of plastic debris that is harmful for birds and ocean critters)

Summer:

  1. Flip-flops or sandals
  2. Shorts

Winter:

  1. Waterproof coat
  2. Gloves
  3. Rain/wind pants
  4. Long underwear (if you plan to go hiking)
  5. Hiking Boots

Some things about….

Summer at the Central Oregon Coast

Summer mornings can be foggy and cool. Thus, you will appreciate having long pants and a sweater to keep warm until the sun burns off the fog. Likewise, windy days can cause even a high temperature prediction to fall short of the mark. Always take at least one set of warm clothes when you visit in the summer, including a sweater or fleece jacket.

Winter at the Central Oregon Coast

Outdoors in winter requires a coat, hat and gloves, preferably waterproof if you plan to spend much time out walking or hiking. Watching wild waves crash against the rocky shore after ocean storms is a favorite and rewarding pastime for winter visitors.

Spring and Fall at the Central Oregon Coast

Weather in Spring and Fall are anyone’s guess. One thing to keep in mind during these transition periods; be prepared for rain.

Remember to pack sunscreen, especially spring, summer and fall. You can get burned even if the sun is hidden behind clouds all day. Once, on a cold and foggy day, I experienced painful burned rings around my shins where my socks didn’t quite reach up to my leggings!

25 Must Have Items for your Oregon Coast Vacation

Whatever season you visit the Central Oregon Coast the above list of 25 must have items will help you enjoy your visit as you make happy memories!


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