Check the forecast before you head out and remember that we’re close to the coast, so weather is fickle throughout the day.
Dress for changing weather and the environment(s) you’re planning to visit.
- Pack layers so you can bundle or unbundle as needed.
Bring a raincoat—again, the Pacific Northwest is home to some wildly variable weather year-round.
- If you’re heading out in rainy weather, be sure to bring a plastic bag that you keep inside your backpack if you’re carrying camera gear and/or pricy binoculars. This will give your gear an added layer of protection.
- If you’re planning to really venture out along local shorelines, plan to bring your muck boots. It can get downright goopy out there, but hey, the birds seem to love it!
- If you’re planning to visit a state park, remember to bring your Discover Pass. Nobody likes taking home a ticket!
- Pack a cooler and make time to pay a visit to local farmers markets, farms and locally owned shops while you’re en route. There nothing quite like a good old-fashioned picnic with bird song in the background to add to your trip!
Be prepared! Don’t forget:
- Water bottles
- Lip balm
- Bug spray
- Bandages (nothing ruins a day birding quite like awful blisters!)