What to Pack for your Oregon Coast Road Trip

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So, you’ve requested time off from work, you’ve mapped out your route, and now you’re packing for your Oregon Coast road trip. Highway 101 along the Oregon Coast is one of the most beautiful road trips in the west, but the terrain and weather can often be different from what’s expected. To make the most out of your Oregon Coast road trip, be sure to use our guide on what to pack for your Oregon Coast road trip, and be sure to reserve a stay at Whale Cove Inn.


Bring appropriate clothing and footwear

The Oregon Coast is scenic, rugged, wet, and it can experience unpredictable weather. This is not your sunny tropical beach vacation, so make sure to bring the following items that will prepare you for a variety of weather that may come your way.

Jacket – Even if you plan to travel in the summer, Oregon can experience chilly winds and cool evenings. In fact, the warmer it gets inland, the stronger the influence of a misty marine layer on the coast. So, having a softshell jacket on hand with a hood will help keep your head and body warm. It would also be advisable to pack one that’s water repellant to help keep you dry.

Sturdy shoes or boots – The Oregon Coast terrain is not flat, but rather steep and rocky. Bring a pair of sturdy shoes that provide enough support and good tread for the more challenging terrain. Something that is waterproof is helpful as you could encounter areas with a lot of moisture. Having a pair of suitable outdoor capable shoes with durable soles will allow you to explore more of the Oregon Coast’s natural features. Just be careful where you tread!

Layers – Due to the changing weather along the coast it’s best to dress in layers. Start with a comfortable base layer that’s moisture wicking. Add a mid-layer top that’s easy to unbutton or remove if needed. Finish it with a water-resistant softshell layer, perhaps add a scarf and hat, and you’re ready for whatever the day might bring.


Pack a Mile-by-Mile Guide

With so much to do and see along the Oregon Coast, planning your trip can be overwhelming. Oregon Coast Magazine helps to highlight everything there is to do and see in their Mile-by-Mile Guide. The guide lists parks, scenic viewpoints, places to eat and attractions along Highway 101. You’ll want one of these in your car as you make your way along the coast.


Tide schedule

Knowing the tide schedule will help you determine the best times to visit the beaches and for general beach safety awareness. You can print out a tide table to keep with you or reference one of these online resources:


Additional gear

While this list does not cover everything, here are a few more essentials that you’ll want on your Oregon Coast road trip:

  • Dual Spectrum Sunblock and lip balm with SPF
  • Sunglasses
  • Smartphone/Camera with charging cable/extra battery
  • Binoculars
  • A pair of flip-flops for walking in the sand


Stay at Whale Cove Inn on your Oregon Coast road trip

Nestled on the Oregon Coast just south of the tiny fishing town of Depoe Bay, the Whale Cove Inn is a top choice for a luxurious boutique hotel experience you won’t find anywhere else. All suites are oceanfront, and all offer private whirlpool tubs for two on private decks overlooking the water. Whale Cove is completely free of smoking, children, and pets. It’s a memorable get-away destination romantically designed for couples.

So, plan a stay at Whale Cove Inn during your Oregon Coast road trip, and discover the elegance and beauty of the Oregon Coast from one of the seven signature suites or experience the three-bedroom premier suite. The Whale Cove is very popular, so it’s recommended to book well in advance. Enjoy your trip!


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