Pack like a pro with these insider tips

By James H. Schwartz
April 12, 2006

1. Aqua Socks: They call this the rocky coast for a reason.If you want to explore at low tide, you'll need soleprotection.

2. Slickers: Morning fog and evening showers make coastalMaine dramatic―and wet. Bring a raincoat, and beprepared.

3. Sunglasses: When those showers pass, you'll want to enjoyspectacular views.

4. Binoculars: Maine boasts an incredible diversity ofplants and animals―many of which are best enjoyed from afar.(Black bears, for example.)

5. Sunscreen: The mean temperature may be 49 in Portland andBangor, but reflected rays from the sun are still powerful. Coverup.

6. Insect Repellent: Everything you've heard about localblack flies and mosquitoes is true. Mainers recommend Ben's 100Insect Repellent, effective for up to 10 hours.

7. A Sweater: See #5 above for mean May temperature!

8. Delorme's Maine Gazetteer: A fabulously detailed atlas(produced by a local company), that shows every back road you'llwant to explore. Visit

9. Easy Listening: CDs from Maine pianist and composer PaulSullivan. Visit

10. Required Reading: Essays of E.B. White, who lived near Blue Hill and wrotelovingly about the state for more than 40 years. Visit