The Southwest includes Arizona, New Mexico, Southern California, Nevada, Utah, and Colorado. Depending on whom you ask, though, Louisiana, Montana, Wyoming, North Dakota, South Dakota, Texas, Arkansas, and Oklahoma may also make that list. This region of the United States is packed with must-see attractions and historical sites. However, it’s also prone to unpredictable weather conditions, from very hot and dry to icy and snowy – especially during the fall. Wherever your travels take you, be sure to pack for a wide range of adventurous possibilities.
Paloma Clothing, an eco-friendly clothing boutique in Portland, Oregon, helps countless shoppers prepare for trips by stocking the brands they demand. Here, we provide our best Southwest packing tips, as well as some destinations to consider checking out.
What to Pack
Whether you’re hiking in a breathtaking state park, attending a concert or show, or attending an up-scale venue, you’ll thank yourself for planning ahead. If you’re not sure where to start, Paloma Clothing has put together this Southwest packing checklist:
Accessories and Jewelry
Swimwear and Athletic Gear
- Appropriate footwear
- Athletic T-shirts or tank tops
- Bathing suit
- Bug spray and sunscreen
- Hiking necessities
- Lightweight cotton and linens
- Pool/beach towels
- Sports bras/underwear
- Swimsuit cover-up
Popular Destinations and Attractions
If there’s still some room in your itinerary, there are several Southwest sights that are not to be missed. These include:
Utah Parks and Natural Areas
Ranging from mountain to canyon views, there are unbelievable landscapes to be seen from Utah’s parks and natural areas, such as:
Santa Fe National Forest in New Mexico
Explore a sprawling 1.6 million acres of dense woodlands and stunning views at Santa Fe National Forest. With a variety of mountains, mesas, and valleys, there are several portions of the forest to get on a trail, including:
- East of Santa Fe, NM
- West of Santa Fe, NM
- Across the Rio Grande
Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona
This park is home to most of the Grand Canyon, which is an empty riverbed that spans across Arizona, Utah, Nevada, and Colorado. There, you’ll find layers of red rock and a ton of geological history. Grand Canyon National Park is larger than the state of Rhode Island, so there is much to see. Within the canyon, temperatures can vary dramatically, so be prepared for all sorts of weather.
Four Corners Monument and Region
This marks the spot where Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, and Colorado meet. There is much to do within the surrounding area of the monument, as well. For example, Mesa Verde County in Colorado rests within Grand Circle, a Southwestern sub-region that contains the largest concentration of monuments and national parks in the United States.
Get More Southwest Packing Tips from Paloma Clothing
Whether you’re making a packing list for Utah National Parks or headed elsewhere in the Southwest, travels are always easier when you’re prepared for any possibility. Find ethically produced, eco-friendly outfits and accessories at Paloma Clothing, with an inventory featuring brands such as: