Not ready to wrap up summer? We’re in the same boat, or should we say, RV (we’re going to go ahead and coin that). Today you’re in luck because even though school is starting back up, the summer season isn’t technically over until September 22nd. That means there are six more weeks to soak up what we believe is one of the best seasons to hit the open road. If you’re making your way through the Pacific Northwest soon, or if it’s just a vision on your road trip horizon, we highly suggest you take the next closest exit that points you towards Olympic National Park. August and September are the perfect months to make your way to the Olympic Peninsula for warmer, drier days. Ready to hit the road? Before you go, check out our summer packing guide to a Washington road trip, detailed in full below.
SUMMER CAMPING GEAR
– Reusable Water Bottle: REI, Yeti, Nalgene, and Hydro Flask all have excellent insulted drink ware. Make sure to have one water bottle per person!
– Hydro Flask 20L Insulated Tote: This tote will become your best friend at grocery stores and when it comes to storing your food in your RV. Perfect for outdoor picnics, farmers markets, and camping, you’ll use it everywhere. The lightweight insulation keeps contents cold up to six hours. Best of all, it’s waterproof, durable, and comes in four color options.
– Hydration Backpack: A hydration backpack provides you with a reservoir of water for long days on trail. Osprey, Patagonia, and Black Diamond all have excellent options for your hydration vest and pack needs.
– Sunscreen: Like mama always says,”don’t forget to wear sunscreen!” There are dozens of options on the market, from organic to all natural and sport SPF, follow our link to choose which option is best for you.
– Jungle Juice Bug Spray: Keep the insects, chiggers, fleas, gnats, and ticks away with this highly effective product.
– Pendleton Blanket: Bundle up with this cozy blanket for all your summer picnics and to wrap up in on chilly nights spent under the stars!
– Hammock: Check out ENO hammocks for all your relaxation needs. With over 21 color options, single and two person capacity, and built-in stuff sack to keep everything neatly organized, you’ll be ready to move with the wind!
– Jetboil Zip Cooking System: This stove system is reliable and performs all your cooking needs while on trail!
– Camp Coffee Mug: REI, Campbrand Goods, Hydro Flask, Snow Peak, and United By Blue all sell unique insulated camping mugs so that you can still have your favorite coffee mug even while camping.
– Campsuds Soap: Grab this all-purpose, biodegradable soap for all your camp cleaning chores. Just add a few drops, mix with cold water and watch the suds appear.
– Patagonia Foldable Tote Bag: Let this little black bag organize your life while on the road. Made with recycled polyester and finished with DWR (durable water repellent), it’s the ideal bag for every possible occasion.
– Essential Oil Roll-Ons: 100% natural and vegan-friendly, this four pack of 100% pure essential oils create soothing, therapeutic aromatherapy. Perfect to help with sinus and chest congestion, alleviate headaches, upset stomachs, and to assist with sleep, the benefits of these oils are ideal for those RVers living and working on the road.
CLOTHING PACKING LIST FOR ADVENTURING IN WASHINGTON
– Blundstone Boots: These boots are durable and waterproof, making them ideal for hikes in the sunshine, rain, city walking, and everything in between.
– Smartwool Hiking Socks: Smartwool is made from no-itch merino wool and maintains softness and shape no matter the number of wear or washes.
– National Parks T-shirt: Next time you’re in the visitor center of a national park, be sure to grab a t-shirt! Purchasing a t-shirt is a great way to represent your support for the National Parks Foundation.
– Hat: Grab a cap, sombrero, vented explorer or paddler’s hat to keep the rays and water at bay while in the Pacific Northwest.
– Poncho: Ponchos are a no fuss, easy option when it comes to keeping dry in rainy conditions. These lightweight, reusable poncho’s come in packs of four, eight and twelve and can be found on Amazon.
– Patagonia Down Jacket: Keep a down jacket with you to always been prepared while adventuring in Olympic National Park, as weather conditions are known to change quickly and without much notice.
– REI Hiking Pants: Who says you can’t be comfortable while hiking? Grab a pair of REI’s UPF 50 sun protection, quick-drying stretch-nylon pants and get to hiking, running, biking, and climbing.
– Portable Charger: Goal Zero, Skullcandy, Outdoor Tech, and NOMAD all have excellent external charging devices. These come in handy on long hikes, travel days, backpacking, and camping.
– Cameras: Digital, 35mm, instant or a good old fashioned iPhones are ideal for capturing your favorite camping moments.
THE BEST CAMPING SNACKS, INSTANT MEALS, AND LIGHT PROVISIONS
– Alpine Start Instant Coffee: With the tag line “Instant Coffee that actually tastes good,” you better believe it’s tasty. Alpine Start offers three types of morning brews – original coffee blend, dirty chai latte, and coconut creamer latte.
– Honey Stinger: This brand makes gluten-free energy waffles, organic energy chews, healthy snacks, energy gels, and protein bars, all of which are perfect to fuel you and the family on your end of summer RV adventure.
– Instant Meals: We’ve taste tested the best instant camp meals on the market. Check out which are our favorites on this blog post.
– Probar Meal Bar: Keep a few of these meal bars with you while backpacking. They’re an easy, no fuss option when it comes to eating for fuel while on the go.
– GoGo Squeez: These on the go applesauce pouches are made only with apples and are always delicious. Perfect for grownups and children alike!
– Mamma Chia Vitality Pack: These organic chia seeds are infused with fruits and vegetables and packed with omega-3, protein and fiber. They come in a little pouch, making them incredibly convenient and kid-friendly! Chia squeeze is available in six delicious flavors.
– Oloves: This snack pack of flavored olives is ideal for your RV picnics! Throw them in your tote to enjoy a tasty, healthy on the go snack. Best part, these olives are pit free!
– Trader Joes Fruit Jerky: While mostly everyone has heard of dried fruit, you might be less familiar with fruit jerky. Trader Joes fruit jerky comes in flavors ranging from watermelon to blueberry and, no surprise, these mighty little snack strips are delicious.
Making your way to Washington but not sure of where to hike in Olympic National Park? Check out our guide to Everything You Need to Know for a Hike in the Hoh Rainforest and let us know in the comment section below which trail is your favorite!