Greater Palm Springs is a perfect vacation destination for families, adventure-seekers, music enthusiasts, and anyone looking for a warm and sunny escape. With plenty of outdoor activities, music festivals, and relaxation opportunities, packing for your trip can be overwhelming. Here's a guide to help you pack everything you need to make your trip to Greater Palm Springs a success. Read here for more hiking safety tips. 

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Outdoor Adventure Essentials

If you plan on exploring the great outdoors in Greater Palm Springs, you'll want to pack a few essentials to make the most of your adventure. First and foremost, make sure to pack sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to protect your skin from the sun. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses can also provide additional protection.

If you plan on hiking, pack a pair of comfortable hiking shoes with good traction. A lightweight backpack can also come in handy to carry water bottles, snacks, and other essentials. Don't forget to bring a refillable water bottle to stay hydrated throughout your adventure.

Fun with the Family

two children on waterslide splashing into water palm trees vacation beautiful clear blue pool

Greater Palm Springs is an excellent destination for families with kids of all ages. To make the most of your family vacation, you'll want to include a few items to keep everyone entertained and comfortable. A stroller or baby carrier can also come in handy if you have little ones who may need a break from walking. A collapsible cooler bag is perfect for picnics or storing snacks and drinks while out and about. If you plan on spending time at the pool or beach, pack a few water toys, and floaties for family fun. A portable phone charger can also be useful to keep your devices charged and ready to capture those special moments.

Music Festival Attire

Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival 2016. Photo by Chris Miller.

Greater Palm Springs is home to several music festivals throughout the year, including Coachella and Stagecoach. If you're planning on attending a music festival, you'll want to pack accordingly. Comfortable, lightweight clothing is a must, as temperatures can be warm. 

Pack a few tank tops, shorts, and comfortable sandals or sneakers for walking around the festival grounds. Don't forget a bandana or hat to protect your head and face from the elements. A small crossbody bag or fanny pack can come in handy to carry essentials like sunscreen, a water bottle, and your phone.

Poolside Attire and Accessories

Girls relaxing poolside at a vacation rental.

Many places to stay in Greater Palm Springs offer beautiful pool areas to relax and soak up the sun. If you plan on spending time by the pool, a swimsuit is, of course, essential, but you may also want to pack an outfit or lightweight dress to wear to and from the pool.

Throw in a pair of comfortable flip-flops or sandals, as well as a beach bag to carry essentials like sunscreen, sunglasses, a towel and a book. 

Helpful Packing Tips to Keep in Mind

  1. Check the weather: Greater Palm Springs is known for its warm and dry climate, but temperatures can vary depending on the season. A light jacket can be great for those beautiful evenings under the palms. Be sure to check the weather forecast before you go and pack accordingly. 

  2. Bring sunscreen: With over 300 days of sunshine a year, Greater Palm Springs is the perfect place to soak up some rays. But it's important to protect your skin, so be sure to bring plenty of sunscreen with you.

  3. Pack light and breathable clothing: These will help you stay cool and comfortable. Choose fabrics like cotton or linen that are breathable and allow air to circulate.

  4. Don't forget a hat and sunglasses: A wide-brimmed hat and a pair of sunglasses will help protect your face and eyes from the sun.

  5. Bring a reusable water bottle: Staying hydrated is key, so be sure to bring a reusable water bottle that you can refill throughout the day.

  6. Pack a swimsuit: Whether you're staying at a hotel with a pool or visiting one of the area's many hot springs, a swimsuit is a must.


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