- By John
- On Oct 22, 2018
- North America
- Travel Tips
Looking for advice on what to wear or what to pack for Yellowstone summer vacations? We spent four days in Yellowstone with kids at the end of July – beginning of August last year, and in this post I am sharing our experience-based tips for packing for Yellowstone in summer.
Don’t forget – Yellowstone packing essentials:
Reusable water bottle.
* There are many places where you can refill you water bottles in Yellowstone (as well as in other National Parks and many hotels). It saves you a lot of money, on top of that it’s better for the environment.
* Sunscreen lotion. Sun can be really harsh in Yellowstone. We advice to use SPF50 sunscreen lotion.
* Sun glasses
* Quick-drying travel towel is a nice to have if you are planning to go swimming in Yellowstone.
* Bear spray and/or bear bell. Bear spray is not really a must in Yellowstone, although they do advice that you carry one if planning to do any hiking in the less popular areas and less popular times. You can buy a bear spray in Yellowstone as well, or you can rent one (at Grant Village and at the Canyon Village). Renting is quite expensive, however, especially if you need it for a couple of days. It’s definitely easier and cheaper to buy one in advance (just don’t pack it in your carry-on on the plane).
* Mosquito repellant. Yes, there are mosquitoes in Yellowstone in summer, so you do need a good mosquito repellant.
Camera gear and an extra battery pack and/or a power pack for your smartphone. Good camera gear is a must in Yellowstone!
* Telephoto lens with min. 200mm zoom is essential for wildlife photography. Make sure to also check our guide for the best camera gear for wildlife photography.
* Binoculars. I keep saying this every time – binoculars is the best way to keep your kids interested and entertained during any nature trip. And definitely in Yellowstone, where there is so much wildlife.
* Small day backpack with rain cover. Even if the forecast predicts sunny weather, you might get caught in a short but heavy rain shower, as we did. We got soaking wet, but the rain cover saved our camera gear.
* Planning to picnic in Yellowstone? There are many designated areas where you can picnic, so you may want to take your picnic basket or a cooler. Also camping chairs seemed to be very popular, especially with people watching wildlife in Hayden and the Lamar Valleys.
* First aid kit and a Swiss knife are the musts for any outdoor trip as well.