Growing up in Maine and having packed for trips "home" for the past 15+ years, here are the must-pack items I recommend—whether you're renting a cabin on a lake, heading to Acadia National Park, or anywhere in between!

summer in maine essentials 


If you're planning outdoor adventures in Acadia or a state park, a good local map is helpful. And for adventures around the state, there's no map that does it better than the DeLorme Maine Atlas (every Mainer north of Portland has one!). 



Layers are essential so you're prepared for anything from chilly to hot temperaturessometimes in the same day! Don't neglect to pack a sweatshirt or two just because it's summer. 


If you don’t like the weather in New England now, just wait a few minutes. ”

– mark twain

bug spray

If you'll be doing anything  outdoors, bug repellant is a MUST for ticks, black flies, and mosquitoes.


(Bonus: take some books set in Maine)

guide books


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