Portola Room

Packing Essentials for Your Monterey Bay Getaway

Whether stay for a weekend or a week, when it comes to packing for a Monterey Bay Getaway, there are some key “must haves” need to make your visit comfortable and fun! We polled our experts here at the Portola Hotel & Spa and came up with this easy to follow check list – to help make packing for your getaway easy peasy!

Getaway and Relax at the Portola Hotel & Spa 


  • A lightweight jacket or windbreaker – being on the coast, it’s always good to dress in layers and our morning and evenings can be on the cooler side.
  • A cute puffy vest – ideal for walks or hikes along the waterside, it never hurts to pack one (and personally, I can’t live without it!).
  • Running or athletic shoes – with so much to do here on the Monterey Peninsula, you’ll want to head outdoors to explore and take in the views – most importantly not have your feet ache!
  • A workout outfit – hit the gym at the Portola or head out on the Coastal Recreation Trail by foot or bike (rentals on property with Adventures by the Sea).
  • A swimsuit – make it a pool day here at the Portola, relax at beach or pack that swimsuit to wear under a wetsuit or waterproof gear for diving, stand up paddle boarding or kayaking.
  • Sunglasses – no matter if the sun is shining or it’s a foggy day, sunglasses are an essential and of course as is looking super cool.
  • Sunscreen – always a must, no matter the weather.
  • Mermaid Hair, Don’t Care – pack a hat for early morning outings and of course to protect your eyes and face from sun and fog.
  • Jeans & a t-shirt – make it an afternoon of wine tasting, exploring local museums and of course doing a little shopping, the Peninsula’s casual and cool vibe is perfect for showing off those fabulous new skinny jeans you just bought!


Your Must Haves for Your Monterey Bay GetawayYour Must Haves for Your Monterey Bay Getaway


Subscribe To Portola Hotel & Spa Blog