What to Pack for Seattle Washington
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What to Pack for Seattle

The birthplace of grunge music and Starbucks coffee, Seattle is known for being a rainy, brooding city. But that rainfall also means it's surrounded by lush vegetation that makes it an absolute joy for outdoor enthusiasts. Locals dress in layers and plenty of active wear, ready to jump into any activity, no matter the weather—even if that's just heading to the neighborhood coffee shop. Do as the locals do: Dress in light layers that you can add or peel off as needed. Here are a few essentials that will come in handy on your trip to Emerald City.

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Outdoor Research Women's Helium II Jacket, Night/Ultraviolet, Medium

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

$130 at Amazon

Hiking Shoes

Merrell Women's Alverstone Waterproof Hiking Shoe

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.

From $49 at Amazon

Day Pack

 Dakine Men's Session 8L Hydration Backpack, Black, OS

It’s indispensable 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.

From $30 at Amazon


 Nikon 10x42 ProStaff 3S Binoculars (Black)

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

From $24 at Amazon

Travel Mug

Klean Kanteen 16oz Wide Mouth Stainless Steel Coffee Mug with Klean Coat, Double Wall Vacuum Insulated

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.

From $21 at Amazon

Lightweight Shopping Bag

HOLYLUCK Set of 3 Reusable Grocery Bags,Heavy Duty Foldable Shopping Tote Bag

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.

$11 at Amazon


Amazon Men & Women's Swimwear

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.

From $6 at Amazon

Down Sweater

Eddie bauer women's jacket

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.

$70 at Eddie Bauer

Hiking Guide

Hiking guide by Moon

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.

$12 at Amazon


Ray-Ban, RB3025, Large Metal Aviator Sunglasses

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.

From $128 at Amazon

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