Packing for a national park visit can be overwhelming but it doesn’t need to be with our list of must-haves for your Yellowstone trip.”
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Today, we’re sharing specific items to pack. This is where packing lists come in handy to make sure you don’t forget anything that would make your trip more enjoyable.
Before I start to pack, I gather all of my clothes, toiletries, and other gear and lay it out on the dining room table. Next, I go over everything one by one as I check it off my list before I pack it in my packing cubes, suitcase or duffle. This is an easy way for me to ensure that I have everything I need when I arrive at my destination. Believe it or not, it also helps me not to overpack and ensures my shoes match- more about that another time.
Must-haves for Your Yellowstone Trip
1. Rain Jacket – The weather in Yellowstone is unpredictable. In addition to a jacket and lots of layers, a rain jacket is essential. Especially during the summer when afternoon storms are a common occurrence.
2. Waterproof Phone Case – I don’t know about you, but I tend to take hundreds of photos when I’m traveling. Not only do I pack an extra SD card for my phone, but I also like to make sure my phone is protected from the occasional rain shower with a waterproof phone case. I like this brand because it is waterproof, snowproof, dustproof and sand-proof so the way I look at it you can take it pretty much anywhere.
3. Powerbank Portable Charger– A portable charger is a must when I travel and is my key to ensure my phone stays powered up. This portable battery charger may come with a higher price tag but it’s my favorite because it charges my phone quickly and multiple times. If you don’t want to spend quite so much, this charger by the same brand is a great alternative.
4. Hiking Boots– If you’re planning on hitting the trails, I don’t have to tell you that hiking boots or sturdy footwear are a must when visiting the national parks.
5. Hiking Socks– A great pair of hiking socks can make a world of difference in comfort and foot care when hitting the trails.
6. Hiking Daypack–
7. Hiking Waist Pack with Water Bottle Holder– This is ideal for those short walks or hikes where you won’t be going far. Water is a must and a hiking waist pack allows you to toss in a few snacks, bug spray and your phone for photos.
8. Water Bottle– I don’t think I need to tell you how important a water bottle is when hiking. Even the shortest hikes can get miserable if you aren’t properly hydrated. You never know when you may wander from the path and run out of water which is why I recommend a water filter. LifeStraw Personal Water Filter is a great option for those who enjoy spending time outdoors.
9. Binoculars (adults)– When visiting our national parks, a pair of binoculars are a must and allow you to maintain a safe distance when viewing wildlife. These lightweight, impact-resistant binoculars are compact and won’t take up a lot of room in your backpack.
10. Bear Spray– If you’re hiking in Yellowstone it’s recommended and a good idea to carry bear spray.
12. Hats– It’s amazing how much shade a good hat can provide, not to mention if you happen to get caught in the rain it can provide some relief from rain hitting you in the face.
13. First Aid Kit – it’s not a bad idea to have a basic first aid kit on hand when hiking. In addition to standard bandages, you can upgrade to a trauma kit which includes gauze to assist the blood in clotting, tourniquets and more.
14. Survival Gear Kit – This survival gear kit contains a knife, wire saw, mini flashlight, emergency blanket, compass and more.
15. Emergency Whistle – this emergency whistle can be heard up to a mile away.
16. Headlamp/Flashlight– A headlamp is nice at night to keep your hands free, especially if you’ll be doing any climbing. Look for one that is waterproof and comes with several light settings.
18. Bug Spray
19. Yellowstone and Grand Teton National Parks Guide – Before you hit the trails in Yellowstone, you should do a bit of research to know how difficult the trails are, what you may expect to see. Park guides like this offer tips from those who have traversed the trail before you which is never a bad idea.
20. The America the Beautiful National Parks Pass for 2019/2020. Good for a full year after purchase, this pass allows the driver and passengers and up to 3 additional adults (children 15 and under are free) admittance to sites managed by the Forest Service, National Park Service, Fish and Wildlife Service, Bureau of Land Management and Bureau of Reclamation. Plus, if you purchase your pass through REI.com the company donates 10% of the proceeds to the National Park Foundation.
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