Ultimate Packing List For Michigan Adventures

Ultimate Packing List For Michigan Adventures
Ultimate Packing List for Michigan Adventures - Awesome Mitten
Photo courtesy of Shalee Blackmer.

Michigan’s summer has arrived, mostly, and you’re probably thinking about road trips to see the Mackinac Bridge, Sleeping Bear Dunes, and Porcupine Mountains. If you’re anything like me, the days leading up to your planned adventure you’re mostly likely excited, anxious, and stressed.

“Where did I put my tent? Why am I packing so much? How did my bug repellent end up in the washer?” Yes, I know the feeling.

Whenever I leave for an adventure I have this massive pit in my stomach that I left something really, really important behind. Sometimes it’s just a feeling and other times I realize it two hours down the road and want to pull off and assault an innocent tree in anger.

To help ensure that this tragic incident doesn’t occur on your hard-planned getaways, here is a packing guide specifically for Michigan adventures. Use it as a checklist before you go and chances are the packing stress level will drop from an 8 to a calming 5. Why not lower? Because as much as I wish I could help, getting it all to fit in your car is a problem I just don’t have the magic powers to solve.

The Ultimate Mitten Love Packing Lists

For the camping adventure:

  • Tent
  • Bug spray
  • Sleeping bag
  • Fire starter sticks
  • A Shorts Brewery 6-pack
  • S’more ingredients
  • Beanies
  • Toilet paper
  • Water jugs
  • Flashlight

For the beach adventure:

  • Bathing suit
  • Towel
  • Sunscreen
  • Volleyball
  • Beach chair
  • Sunglasses
  • An ice cream appetite
  • Beach hat
  • Aloe
  • Cooler

For the Up North adventure:

  • Hot dogs and hamburgers (or your version of those foods if you’re a vegetarian)
  • A sweatshirt
  • A good playlist
  • Slippers
  • Hiking clothes
  • Flannel
  • Tennis shoes
  • Coffee
  • Cornhole
  • Sparklers

For all Mitten adventures:

  • Camera
  • Hammock
  • Your best friends
  • Warm clothes
  • A journal
  • A Michigan map

Things to leave at home:

  • Stress
  • The internet
Ultimate Packing List for Michigan Adventures - Awesome Mitten
Photo courtesy of Shalee Blackmer.

There you have it, a list to get you on the road faster without an emergency stop at Meijer on your way or fight in the car over whose responsibility it was to grab the cooler. It’s always good to pack layers of clothing because I think we all know how much the weather can change in just a few hours. One minute I’m wearing a tank top and the next I’m huddled up to a warm fire with hot cocoa. Oh, Michigan! How I love your character, let me count the ways.

Of course, the most important thing to bring on all #MittenLove adventures is a smile. Cheesy? Maybe. But true? Absolutely.

Do you have any extra advice for all those Michigan adventurers (both experienced and the newbies) about to embark on adventures this summer?

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Hello! I am Shalee Blackmer, an adventurer, writer and travel blogger who enjoys anything that includes adrenaline and maybe a little risk. I grew up in the small mid-Michigan town of Mecosta and love to explore my home state. Camping, hiking, wakeboarding and swimming are just some of my favorite activities. During the summer, you can most likely find me in my hammock on the shore of Lake Michigan. "I took a walk in the woods and came out taller than the trees." -Henry David Thoreau