Missoula 101: 8 Things Missoulians Need

Missoula 101: 8 Things Missoulians Need

The basic items Missoulians love to have.

Missoula, Montana is a beautiful town filled with fun, adventurous people. WIth mountains surrounding us on each side and the Clark Fork river running through the town Missoulians are constantly on the go. We're adventurous and daring, not caring what anyone thinks of us (for the most part this is a judgement-free town). If you want to become a basic Missoulian (the rest of Montana calls us hippies), then here's a list of what you need.

1. A Patagonia hat, and everything else Patagonia while you're at it

All basic Missoulians wear Patagonia hats; baseball caps in the summer and beanies in the winter. Commonly called patagucci, it's a staple brand for the community.

2. Chacos (with or without socks, no one will judge you here)

You will see them everywhere in the summer and, believe it or not, in the winter too. Sacos (socks and Chacos) are a Missoulians go-to once the snow starts to fall. We also tend to pride ourselves on how good our Chaco tan gets in the summer, and wont forget to post it all over social media to remind you.

3. Birkenstocks (with socks is also acceptable)

For those who don't like Chacos, there's always Birkenstocks (or you can have both). More common in the fall than any other season, they are comfortable fit for anyone and everyone.

4. Kavu rope sling bag

With Missoula being such a bike friendly town, purses aren't always an option. The perfect solution to this is a Kavu rope sling bag. They are more popular than you would think.

5. Lots of vintage flannels

An important go to item for the citizens of Missoula are their vintage style flannels. They will keep you warm in the winters and are a nice waist accessory in the summers.

6. Nalgene water bottle covered with stickers

Since we're a whole bunch of environmental "hippies", reusable water bottles are a top priority. Now, it's almost embarrassing to have a Nalgene water bottle that's "naked" in this town. If you want to fit in, make sure to completely cover your bottle before entering Missoula County.

7. Thick headbands

If you're a girl, make sure you have some thick headbands (found at Eddie Bauer or Trail Head). There will be times when you have unwashed, greasy hair and will want to have a headband to hold it back. In Missoula, showering daily isn't necessary, so expect to need a headband or two.

8. Griz gear

Game day or not, Griz gear should always be a huge section of your belongings. Its important to have blankets, shirts, flags, and everything else. Now, if you ever think about wearing Bobcat gear... forget the past 7 points and leave Missoula.

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I've always been partial to car rides. I love riding with the windows down and the music blaring and sightseeing along the way. Needless to say, my love for car rides means I haven't spent much time in planes. After flying for the first time, I had some thoughts and feelings that are likely common for anyone trying to navigate their first flight.

1. Do I have everything with me?

2. I hope my luggage doesn't weigh too much.

3. How much will it cost if it's overweight? *checks online* That is TOO much money.

4. I wonder how many layers of clothes I can wear before people will start judging me.

5. Okay, check in went well, now onto security.

6. What if they find something in my bag?

7. There's nothing in my bag.

8. But what if there is?

9. There shouldn't be anything.

10. Act cool, act cool act cool.

11. Why do I have to take off my shoes for security?

12. This is gross. I hate walking around in my socks.

13. Do my feet smell?

14. Can everyone else smell my feet?

15. Okay, metal detector time.

16. Don't beep. Don't beep. Don't beep.

17. Phew, that was easy.

18. Where's my stuff?

19. Found it.

20. Shoes back on.

21. Oh, my god, there are people behind me I'm holding up a line.

22. Don't fall trying to put your shoes on it's okay.

23. Okay, that was more stressful than it needed to be.

24. Now, where's my gate?

25. Gate?

26. Wait, shopping!

27. Of course, I need to buy a magazine before my flight, what else will I read on the plane?

28. And I need gummy worms. Just in case.

29. Five dollars for water? I'd rather dehydrate.

30. Just kidding I'm going to buy it anyways.

31. Wait, is that my flight boarding?

32. Yes, it is.

33. Where's my gate?

34. Okay, do I have everything?

35. Ticket? Passport? Wallet?

36. I found my gate!

37. Now I just need to board.

38. Why do we board so soon?

39. Is that really how small my seat is?

40. There is no space in this overhead compartment.

41. Who am I sitting next to?

42. Okay, they seem normal.

43. Hopefully.

44. This seat is not comfortable.

45. *Baby cries* Oh, no.

46. Okay, ready for take off.

47. How often do those oxygen things actually come down though?

48. But what if this plane crashes?

49. Planes taking off feel like rollercoasters.

50. Okay, but why is this plane so loud?

51. Maybe if I play some music I can get some sleep.

52. How does this seat go back?

53. Oh god I have no idea.

54. Maybe I can sleep sitting upright.

55. *Tries sleeping* Or maybe not.

56. I've never realized how important legroom is until I now.

57. These seats are not comfortable.

58. Okay, just try sleeping again.

59. *Baby cries* Maybe not.

60. How much longer until we land?

61. Oh, wait, we're landing so soon?

62. Time to refasten my seat belt!

63. Darn, now I have to pee.

64. It's fine I can wait.

65. This decent is really making my ears pop.

66. Ouch, you call that a landing?

67. Taking off is better than landing.

68. Okay, now I can stand. Where's my luggage?

69. Why can no one make their way toward the exit? Let's move people!

70. Okay, leaving the plane now.

71. That wasn't too bad.

72. I'd still rather not do it again.

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