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What to Pack for Seattle

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No matter what season you’re traveling, plan for changing weather by bringing light layers that you can add or peel off as needed. Don’t forget active wear on your Seattle packing list: Recreation abounds here, even within the city limits. 

Here’s What to Pack for Seattle

Take these items along on your Seattle travels, and you’ll be ready to explore its urban sights and natural wonders. Read on to learn what to pack for Seattle.

Raincoat

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Hey, it’s Seattle. Be ready for the whims of its weather with a lightweight, waterproof shell like the Helium II from Outdoor Research.

Hiking Shoes

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Lightweight hikers like these from Merrell will serve you well hoofing up the hilly city streets, borrowing your hotel’s loaner bike, or exploring the trails and beaches of Discovery Park.

Day Pack

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It’s indispensible for carrying the essentials while keeping your hands free for hopping on transit or sightseeing in Seattle. Get one with a hydration pack if you plan to go hiking or cycling.

Binoculars

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Pop a compact pair of binoculars in your pack and be the first one to spot the whale fin from the ferry.

Travel Mug

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Seattleites take their coffee everywhere. It’s more convenient and tree-friendly to eschew the paper cup for an insulated, reusable mug. Most coffee shops will give you a discount, too. If you’re wondering what to pack for Seattle that will make you look like a local, this is it. Try one from Klean Kanteen.

Lightweight Shopping Bag

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Just say no to the environmental scourge of disposable plastic bags. Seattle banned ‘em in 2012. Stores will sell you a paper or biodegradable one for a nickel, but you can easily bring along foldable bags that are ideal for Seattle’s great farmer’s markets.

Swimsuit

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Toss one in for a visit to Banya 5, some sauna time at your hotel, or a chill-defying dip in Puget Sound. Popina makes cute ‘50s-inspired bikinis, while board shorts are a safe bet for men.

Down Sweater

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Forget the rotund, puffy down parkas of old. Down sweaters are light and thin and pack down to the size of a coffee mug, yet ward off chill with cozy comfort. Few have done down longer than Seattle legend Eddie Bauer, which has options for both men and women.

Hiking Guide

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Don’t miss a chance to experience the incomparable natural wonders of the Pacific Northwest. Read up on trails to explore around the Seattle area—including Mount Rainier National Park, less than 100 miles away. Moon has a comprehensive guide.

Sunglasses

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Yes, sunglasses belong on your list of what to pack for Seattle! Protect your eyes from the dazzling greens and blues of the glittering Emerald City with classic Ray Bans.

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—Original reporting by Tina Lassen

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