Beginner’s Guide to Packing for a weekend in Maine – Winter Edition

Beginner’s Guide to Packing for a weekend in Maine – Winter Edition

Packing for a Weekend in Maine in the Winter – ski, hike, and more!

Hey guys! It’s DD. I’m heading out for a SUPER exciting weekend and I’m making my packing list, and I had a thought. My thought was – “Maybe I can write this list on the blog and also help others successfully avoid packing for a trip until the absolute last minute!”

Here’s my list for packing for a weekend in Maine – Winter Edition!

Agenda for the weekend:

Leave Bangor @ 7:00 am tomorrow to meet some friends at the trailhead for Mount Kineo, 3.4-mile loop trail with 905 feet of elevation gain for a 10:00 am departure. (let’s be honest, I’m not leaving at 7…. but I’m tricking myself.) GPS says 2 hours 10 minutes, so I’m planning 2 hours 30 minutes. I gassed up the car tonight, and I’ll have breakfast and coffee here, because I’ve kicked the fast food breakfast habit because it gives me heartburn. Also, since it’s almost midnight and I haven’t packed, I’ll need those extra minutes 🙂 After we summit Kineo, I’m planning to meet up with some friends that have a condo close to Squaw Mountain, so we’ll listen to the Mallet Brothers, have some beers, and watch the sunset.  Sunday, we’ll get some runs in at Squaw Mountain in the morning, then head to brunch at The Stress Free Moose, then back to town. We are SO LUCKY to live here. shh, don’t tell.

Here’s my list of things to bring –

First, I check the weather…. High 35, low 14, sunny. 16 mph winds Saturday… (perfect!) Sunday high 26, snow, 15 mph winds. Pretty moderate and to be expected in Maine in Winter. A high of 35 followed by a high of 26, means ice, but maybe we will get some fresh powder Sunday am… ???

Backpack:

The ten essentials, including/and/or

  1. Hand Warmers!!
  2. First Aid Kit & Emergency blanket
  3. Heavy ski gloves & Light hiking gloves (both waterproof)
  4. Body Glide
  5. Fireball/Baileys/Flask/etc.
  6. Tissues & Toilet paper
  7. Headlamp (with extra batteries, always!)
  8. Chapstick
  9. Sunscreen
  10. Electrolyte energy chews
  11. Puffy Jacket
  12. Neck Buff
  13. Gaiters
  14. Microspikes
  15. Extra socks
  16. Hat/Beanie/Headband
  17. Snacks (Many bars from my Cairn package.)
  18. Water x2 in a Nalgene, Camelbak or other plastic container so it doesn’t freeze
  19. Summit beer
  20. LoveMaineAdventures Coozie
  21. Go Pro
  22. Camera stand
  23. Canon Rebel w/ batteries and memory card
  24. Hiking poles
  25. Sunglasses (polarized!)
  26. Extra headbands and ponytail holders
  27. OpenWord Outfitters pocket blanket
  28. Wind jacket
  29. Business cards
  30. Phone chargers

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Hiking:

  1. Winter boots (high, waterproof, warm)
  2. Duck boots (low, lightweight, small)
  3. Wool socks x 2
  4. 2 layers for pants – thermal underlayer, waterproof outer layer, or waterproof pants
  5. Moisture wicking underlayer and tank top underneath (NO COTTON)
  6. Fleece layer
  7. puffy vest
  8. (puffy coat and microspikes already in bag!)
  9. Fleece hat or fleece headband
  10. Hiking poles

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Skiing

(in addition to hiking – anything listed here you need again!)

  1. Skis (duh)
  2. Thick wool socks
  3. Ski pants
  4. Moisture wicking underlayer and a tank top underneath (NO COTTON)
  5. Fleece headband
  6. Ski poles
  7. Helmet
  8. Neck buff
  9. Cat face mask
  10. Ski goggles
  11. light gloves
  12. hand warmers

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Hanging by the Fire

  1. Yoga pants
  2. Love Maine Adventures sweatshirt
  3. camp socks – wool
  4. headband or hat
  5. comfortable top
  6. cozy blanket – we love our Rumpls!

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Overnight

  1. Phone charger
  2. any medication
  3. waterproof mascara
  4. bb face cream/makeup
  5. toothbrush & toothpaste
  6. dry shampoo
  7. native deodorant
  8. saline spray
  9. moisturizer
  10. melatonin/lavender/sleep mask
  11. hairbrush
  12. rubber bands for braids

Additional Details

  1. Steel cup for wine
  2. Jeans and Love Maine Adventures baseball tee for brunch
  3. Trucker hat
  4. Extra socks and headbands
  5. make sure someone feed your pets
  6. turn your heat down
  7. bottle of water for the car
  8. snacks for the car – fruit, and more.

Alright! I think I’ve got it all. and I suppose I should get some sleep! I hope you enjoyed tonight’s rendition of Packing for a weekend in Maine – Winter edition!  Make sure to share your adventures with us – use #lovemaineadventures on all platforms!

Happy Trails –

dd

DD

Florida born, Maine living. Outdoor life is for me. I love adventures - hiking -photography - running - camping - reading - creating - learning - traveling - deep eddy vodka - cats and living, basically. Follow me on social - @DanielleDorrie