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Packing for Winter or Summer in Maine

The common saying “There’s no bad weather, only bad clothes” rings quite true in Maine. Enjoying all the state has to offer, in all seasons, is just a matter of being prepared. From summer nights when you might need a sweater, to cozy layers for winter, packing for your trip to Maine is the beginning of a wonderful trip.

How To Plan the Perfect Winter Trip to Maine

Perhaps you’ve enjoyed a legendary summer vacation in Maine or have been here for the glorious fall foliage. You’re ready to come back, and now it’s time to experience winter in Maine. Here’s what you need to know when planning for the ultimate winter experience.

Winter Weather

Cold, snowy winters mean staying warm by being active outdoors or enjoying a cozy retreat snuggled up by the fire. Mean temps in winter range from 25°F in the far south to less than 15°F in the north and interior parts of the state.

There’s no predicting the weather any time of year, but it’s safe to say that when it comes to winter weather in Maine, be ready for the unexpected.

What To Pack

With fluctuating temperatures, dressing in layers is key to successful outdoor winter adventures. Down-filled coats, jackets or vests are recommended, along with hats that cover your ears, lined gloves or mittens, and insulated boots with good traction.

To make the most of your time outside, whether on the slopes, an iced covered lake or a snowmobile trail, be sure you plan for the cold and snow. If the sun shines brightly and temps creep up above freezing, those layers we recommended can easily be removed!

Packing for Summer in 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. We can’t wait to see you.

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