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Packing for Summer in Maine

How to Plan the Perfect Summer Trip to Maine

A summer vacation in Maine is a glorious thing. From Old Orchard Beach to Aroostook County, there are so many Maine attractions, you might not know where to start. And frankly, neither do we — there are outdoor adventures to be had, relaxing experiences to revel in and amazing summer meals to enjoy, whether on a picnic bench overlooking the ocean or at an upscale restaurant. Now that you’re convinced summer is one of the best times of the year to visit, here’s what you need to know to plan the perfect trip.

Summer Weather

Maine summers are arguably one of the most comfortable in the U.S., with an average temperature of 70°F in the peak of July. Blue skies and bright sunshine make for perfect beach and exploring days, and nights are refreshingly cool. While Maine sees rain throughout the year, there are many sunny days, averaging 8-10 hours of sun per day between June and August. You’ll certainly get your vitamin D fix!

What to Pack

As you toss your light summer wear and swimsuit into your suitcase, don’t forget to throw in a few extra layers as well as a raincoat or an umbrella. Nights cool down, and weather conditions in the coastal areas and mountains of Maine can change quickly, so it’s always best to be prepared.

In addition to preparing for cooler days and nights, you’ll want to get ready for the warm ones too! Maine’s refreshingly cold waters can cool you down, but make sure you bring sun protection (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen, please!) and plenty of drinking water (you always need more than you think).

Maine adventures require proper gear too. Bring a pair of sturdy hiking boots and (ideally) a physical, waterproof map (mobile and GPS reception can be iffy in some out-of-the-way places). Keep your gear in a backpack or knapsack that allows your hands to stay free for optimal adventuring.

What’s Next?

Are you ready to plan your visit? Or maybe you’re curious about trip ideas. If you’re not sure which part of the state you want to call home base, explore them here. Curious about other things to do? Dive in. Trying to decide between hotel, B&B or campground? Check out the perks of each. To immerse yourself in the magic of some Maine stories, browse The Maine Thing Quarterly. We can’t wait to see you.

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