If you’re thinking about camping or RVing in the Northwest area of the country, Washington and Oregon are both wonderful places to discover! Nevertheless, before you head on over to this breathtaking region, there are a few things that you may want to keep in mind:
1. You’ll want to bring some rain gear…
It’s true – during certain parts of the year it can rain like crazy. While you might stay dry if you’re in an RV, there are some things in particular that you’ll want to pack in case it gets wet while you’re out camping!
2. …and your camera!
You may already be aware of this, but everywhere in the Northwest is extremely photogenic. Not only will you want to remember to pack your camera, but also to keep it fully charged because the photo opportunities are endless.
3. You’re missing out if you’re not outside enjoying nature!
Sure, staying inside your RV or tent can be cozy at night – but during the day, there is so much natural beauty to see and numerous trails to travel along outside, counting that it’s not raining. Put aside the technology during the daytime (minus your camera) and take full advantage of the outdoor entertainment near your site!
4. The Pacific Northwest = Beer Heaven.
There are some first-class breweries in Oregon and Washington! If you’re a beer drinker and enjoy quality craft brews, then this is your perfect region. You can plan a trip to the numerous brewery spots in either state or just pick up local beers at the store before heading out to your campsite. Either way, beer and camping are pretty much always a great combination. Here are some trip ideas in Oregon to get you started!
5. Being well stocked on bug spray is not a bad idea!
Bugs may not be a huge problem in the Northwest like in some other parts of the country, but Washington and Oregon certainly have their own fair share of annoying critters while out camping – especially mosquitoes – that you’ll want to keep away, which can be done easily with bug repellent spray (or this neat bug repelling device).
6. You’ll want to be equipped with good tires.
It also may not snow much in the Northwest (unless you’re driving through a mountain range like the Cascades) so snow tires aren’t exactly essential – but having quality tires on your RV, car or bus are still crucial because at some point there will be some rough terrain to drive through, particularly if you plan on exploring all the outdoors has to offer. Whatever vehicle you drive will certainly need reliable tires – here are some tips on finding the best ones!
7. You can bring your adorable four-legged friend!
In the Northwest, there are several places that are pet friendly so your dog can be a part of the full camping experience! Bringing them along may save you some money from having to pay for a kennel, leaving them at home unattended, or finding a friend who will watch over and feed them while you’re away. Of course, while on your trip you’ll want to remember to clean up after them, keep them from barking incessantly and also keep them on a leash in areas where applicable.
8. Don’t forget your fishing gear!
Not only can you find some fresh catches along the Pacific coast, but there are a number of lakes and rivers across Washington and Oregon where there’s a wide variety of species!