You won’t need a heavy suitcase to visit Bend, Oregon. Instead, keep your packing on the light side an enjoy Bend’s attractions and activities without the hassle or stress that often accompanies packing for a getaway. Check out our Oregon travel tips below to see how you can enjoy a journey to Bend without overpacking.

Tip #1 – Packing for the Weather

When traveling to almost any region in Oregon, oftentimes many visitors bring too many bags and sets of clothing with the idea that rain permeates the state from corner to corner. Though this may be often be the case during the rainy season which usually lasts from October to April, remember that the rest of the year and often within this rainy season, the sun peeks through the clouds now and then. However, over the last couple of decades, most locals would tell you that rain has not been as abundant in past years. Nevertheless, the people of Bend welcome all visitors to explore the natural beauty that surrounds this town of nearly 80,000 people. If you come in the winter, of course pack enough gear to keep you warm; however, leave the ski equipment at home, since most of the outfitters around town as well as the ski resorts at higher elevations will have everything you need to enjoy the backcountry.

Tip #2 – Packing for the Parks

When you arrive in the spring or summer, the weather usually allows you to fill the itinerary with spectacular scenic attractions such as the Deschutes National Forest, the Willamette National Forest, the Ochoco National Forest and Mount Hood National Forest, with its majestic namesake mountain. Each one of these protected domestic treasures provides a wide variety of activities and events every day of the year. Whenever exploring any one of these forests, remember to bring only essential items such as a compass, flashlight, GPS beacon/finder, etc. A sturdy pair of hiking boots is also idea if you plan to enjoy a lot of time on the trails.

Tip #3 – Leave Extra Food & Snacks at Home

All of our rentals provide a fully equipped kitchen. Take advantage of all the utensils and appliances to prepare your own meals, especially when traveling during the holidays. Inside the city limits, one of the other reasons to pack lightly is because at one point during your stay, the Deschutes River Trail will beckon you to visit. This river trail snakes and winds throughout town providing spectacular views of the surrounding region as well as leading you to some of the best boutiques, bars, restaurants and attractions in this part of the Beaver State. Bend offers a wide range of restaurants and pubs that highlight the bounty provided by land and sea. If you enjoy craft beer, travel to the western side of its banks to taste some of the best suds in Bend at places such as 10 Barrel Brewing, GoodLife Brewing and the nationally recognized Deschutes Brewing, just to name a few. The extra room in your suitcase is perfect to bring back a six-pack or two of your favorite brews!

Bend is an exciting vacation destination, perfect for both short and long journeys. Come find your own piece of paradise with a stay in Bend, Oregon! Contact us today to book your comfortable and well-appointed vacation home.