What to Bring to Yellowstone National Park, Packing List

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What to Bring


The first step to having a great vacation is the planning and part of the planning includes what to bring. Check out our weather and seasons page for average temperature and suggested seasonal activities.

Suggested Equipment:

Any Season:

  • Sun Protection: Sunglasses, Sun Screen, Hat, Lip Balm
  • Camera
  • Sturdy Walking Shoes
  • Warm Hat and Jacket for cool nights (even in the summer)

Clothing and Personal Equipment:

  • Dress in layers, be willing to stop to add/take off layers to prevent overheating or getting too cold
  • Insulating Underwear: Capilene, polypropylene or wool blend underwear – no cotton
  • Mid-weight Insulating Layer: polypro or wool layers – no cotton
  • Heavyweight Insulating Layer: wool, down, heavy-weight fleece or other synthetic fabric. Heavy winter coat will suffice for less active pursuits. No cotton
  • Waterproof/windproof Outer Layer: jacket and pants
  • Extra Warm Layer: Vest, warm jacket for stopping
  • Gloves, mittens—an extra pair, plus a waterproof/windproof layer over all
  • Socks: light wool or synthetic liner sock with heavier wool or synthetic outer sock. No cotton.
  • Hat: Headband, wool or polypro hat
  • Insulated Boots: water repellent outside, thick insulation.
  • Gaiters—optional: gaiters cover boots and keep snow out of your shoes

Vehicle Emergency Kit:

  • Flashlight (preferable headlamp) with extra batteries
  • Fire building kit (wax paper, candles, fire paste or starter—Vaseline-coated dryer lint works well—aluminum foil (creates a dry spot on snow or ground on which to build fire), waterproof matches
  • Space blanket
  • Extra gloves/mittens, hat, socks, boots
  • Extra sleeping bag or blanket
  • Heat packs/handwarmers
  • Food/water (thermos of warm liquid packed day of travel)
  • Pocket knife or multi-purpose Leatherman type tool

Suggested Pack Contents for Day Trip:

  • Repair kit: if skiing or snowshoeing
  • Insulated vest/jacket (extra layer to keep warm when stopping)
  • Extra food plus the day's food
  • Water bottle/s (carry upside down to prevent cap from freezing): Drink little, drink often!
  • Flashlight with extra batteries (preferably a headlamp)
  • Toilet paper (carry extra baggies to carry out used toilet paper. Do not burn, bury or leave toilet paper under a rock!)
  • Waterproof matches
  • Wind/waterproof jacket and pants
  • Spare hat: ball cap for sun, wool or polypro hat for warmth
  • Spare gloves and socks
  • Compass
  • Map
  • First aid kit
  • Lip balm
  • Sunscreen
  • Sunglasses
  • Sitting pad
  • Space blanket

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