Packing List For Different Areas Of The USA


Packing List For Different Areas Of The USA

Packing your bags means you are close to being on vacation mode. Soon the plane will be taking off and you will be relaxing in a fabulous destination. 

When it comes to packing, there is an art to taking the right items. There is nothing worse than running out of clothing or realizing you forgot to pack important items. At the same time, you don’t want to lug around unneeded pieces that you won’t use. 

Here is a guide on what to pack for different areas of the USA. 

The Essentials For Every Trip

Always pack a first aid kit and medication, toiletries, plenty of underwear, comfortable walking shoes, a swimsuit (even if you are going to a ski resort because there might be an outdoor jacuzzi), snacks, and your camera and video gear.

Always carry a bag for dirty laundry and shoes to protect your other luggage items. 

Your Carry On

Fill your carry-on bag with essentials and some comfort items like socks, snacks, and a good read. 

The Mountains

If you are heading for a vacation in a mountainous area like Arizona, Colorado, Idaho, Montana, Nevada, New Mexico, Utah and Wyoming, you need to pack well because there are many remote areas where it might not be easy to pick up items, or they might be super expensive. Try to plan what activities you will be doing to help with packing. 

You will want to bring lots of layers because the weather can be changeable with warmish days and chilly evenings. Take a water bottle, hiking bag, socks, boots, comfortable outdoors clothing, rain jacket, hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, and bug protection. If it’s winter, add gloves, scarves and thermals, and/or warm wooly clothing. 

If you are going skiing, check what you can hire to save you from carrying bulky ski gear, which can take up most of your luggage allowance. 


If you are heading to the city, your outfits should be a combination of casual, stylish, and maybe dressy if you plan on indulging in some fine dining, a show, or hitting the town. The little black dress is always a classic. For daytime wear t-shirts and jeans or shorts are great. You don’t need to pack a lot if you plan on shopping which is almost always part of a vacation in the city. Sneakers or comfy sandals for walking around during the day are a must.

The Desert 

If you are desert bound to places like the Great Basin, Mohave, Chihuahuan and Sonoran, you need to know it’s either very hot or freezing cold. The word mild isn’t really used, so book your trip to get the sizzling or chill factor you dream of and pack accordingly.

Emergency supplies, including food, water, and medical supplies, should be together with your clothing. For the summer months, light clothing can keep you cool and protect you from the sun and may be better than singlets and tees, especially if you are prone to sunburn. Quality walking shoes are a must, along with a brimmed hat and sarong to cover yourself if you can’t find shade. 

The Beach

Surfs up! If you are going to Florida, Miami, California or maybe Hawaii, your beach bag should include the following items:

  • sarong
  • beach towel
  • hat and sunnies
  • sunblock
  • flip flops or sandals
  • swimsuit
  • googles and snorkel
  • lots of summery outfits like shorts, tees, dresses, skirts in light materials

We hope you are packed and ready soon. Research where you are going, what activities you plan to do and what season you are traveling in before you pack. Safe travels and don’t forget to tie a bright piece of cotton around your suitcase handle to easily spot it on the conveyor belt after you land.