Portland Locals' Items to Bring while Visiting

When it comes to packing, we understand the struggle! If you’re planning a visit to Portland, Oregon and need to know what to bring for your trip, check out our Local Expert’s recommendations for what items you can’t visit Portland without! 

1. Raincoat
While typically clear and sunny during the summer months, Portland is often greeted with clouds and rainy weather throughout the remaining seasons. It’s better to be safe than sorry, and comes in handy for all those Columbia River Gorge waterfalls too!

2. Reusable Bag
Like many cities around the country, Portland has a ban on single use plastic bags. It’s great to keep one on hand for when you’re out running errands, swinging through the farmer’s market or picking up souvenirs from your visit!

3. Water Bottle
We’re sure you’ve heard it countless times already, but it’s so important to stay hydrated throughout the day. Since you’re bound to be logging several miles with Portland’s high walkability rating, we recommend bringing a water bottle with you for all your adventures!

 via  Kiani

via Kiani

4. Cash
While debit and credit are widely accepted throughout the city, it’s always a good idea to have some cash on hand in case of an emergency. Whether that emergency be a bus ticket or a trip to Voodoo Doughnut, you’ll want to be prepared!

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via Etsy

5. An Appetite
From craft brews, countless coffee shops, ice cream and donuts galore, to food trucks and other world class cuisine, Portland has quickly become a paradise for all foodies. With no shortage of ways to excite your palate, we recommend bringing your appetite when exploring this Pacific Northwest city.

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