Packing for Portland

May 16, 2016
Packing for a Spring Trip in Portland

This spring my sister, Katie, and I took our annual trip to go visit family in Portland, Oregon and Vancouver, Washington.  The crazy and unpredictable weather can always make packing for our trips a bit of a challenge.  Here’s what I took for our 7 day trip.


  • 2 jeans
  • 1 black skirt
  • 2 pair of capris
  • 7 shirts (mix of tank tops, short sleeve and long sleeve-to be prepared for all possible weather)
  • Black sweater (lightweight for if I needed a little extra layer)
  • Red Jacket with hood (for really cold days)
  • Pajamas
  • 2 pair shoes

Packing for Portland


  • Liquid toiletries-all travel size (shampoo, conditioner, lotion, contact solution, makeup, toothpaste, hair product, etc.)
  • Non-liquid toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, deodorant
  • Dry shampoo
  • Glasses/Contacts
  • Travel meds
  • Printed directions/map


  • Camera with charger
  • Phone with charger
  • External battery (I always travel with an extra charger, just in case)
  • Umbrella
  • Water bottle
  • Book
  • Journal
  • Notebook for the memoir I’m writing
  • Aveda lotion-a present for my grandma Izzy

Packing for Portland

A road trip wouldn’t be complete without a few snacks:

Packing for Portland

Two of the loaves of Zeppole’s banana bread were also gifts for my grandma.  She’s 87 and swears that Zeppole’s has the best banana bread she’s ever eaten in her life.  She always requests that we bring a couple loaves for her.

Packing lessons learned:

  • We took a different route this trip as some of my family moved to the Bend area.  We found that our new route didn’t have cell service for much of the trip, so we were very thankful to have printed directions.
  • We went to my cousin’s soccer game and it was raining, of course.  Katie and I both sank in the mud and I was really wishing that I had taken some rain boots.  Note for next time: pack more rain gear!

When you visit family, what local gifts do they like you to bring from home? 


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1 Comment

  • Reply Isabel Perry May 22, 2016 at 4:27 pm

    Hi nat I just got your last message about your last road trip. It was so good to head from you. I had not heard from nor orkatiesince you werehere.iguess everything is OK since t last heard from..either one of you. I know you. Must be very busy. Write when you can I always love to hear from you.let me know how the book is coming along.. Love you very much. Grandma. e you very


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