What to Wear in Yellowstone Sumer Packing List
Planning for an epic vacation in Yellowstone National Park? From the parks geothermal features to its vast landscapes and wilderness, you’re in for a treat at the USA’s first National Park. One thing that surprised me the most during our 2 days in Yellowstone was how cold it got during summer. Therefore, I’ve created this Yellowstone summer packing list so you will be fully prepared to have the best time!
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
- What to Wear in Yellowstone Sumer Packing List
- Clothing to Pack for Yellowstone
- Shoes to Wear in Yellowstone
- Binoculars and Camera Gear
- Satellite GPS
- Bug Repellant
- Bear Spray
- Day Bag/Backpack
- Reusable Water bottle
- Battery Pack or USB Outlet Car charger
- Guide Books
- Yellowstone Summer Packing List: Wrap-up
Clothing to Pack for Yellowstone
Although it may be summer in Yellowstone, the temperatures can still hit below the freezing mark in the morning and night.
One thing I think many people forget is that Yellowstone is in fact a part of the Rocky Mountains. Areas in Yellowstone reach over 8,000 ft of elevation!
Therefore, packing layers is important. I’d recommend packing a couple of long sleeve shirts, sweatshirts, and long pants for the mornings and nights.
It is also a good idea to check the weather a week out to get an idea of what temperatures are being predicted.
During the days, you will find the summer temperatures you’d expect. Tank tops, light cotton shirts, shorts, and yoga pants should be your go-to.
For our Yellowstone summer trip in July, I personally added a light sweatshirt and loose sweatpants to my packing list and wore them in the mornings over shorts and a tank top.
How much you pack of each item will depend on how many days you plan to spend in Yellowstone, but here is a shortlist of your other summer essentials for your packing list.
- Long Sleeve Shirt
- Sweatshirt/ light jacket or fleece
- Sweatpants/hiking pants
- Shorts (I wore denim) or biker shorts
- Light cotton shirts
- tank tops
- Socks/ consider hiking socks
- Belt (my husband always forgets his!)
- Bathing suit if you plan on going swimming (boiling river is a good spot)
Shoes to Wear in Yellowstone
One of the questions I get a lot from my Yellowstone itinerary is what kind of shoes to wear. This really depends on how much hiking you plan on doing.
We saw many of the main attractions in Yellowstone and did some short hikes (no more than 2 miles).
For this, my regular Nike sneakers did just fine. For the amount of walking we did, I found that my hiking boots would have been heavy and annoying.
If you are planning on doing more than two-mile hikes, then I’d probably recommend going with hiking boots. I personally love my Salomon Hiking boots. I have a more narrow foot.
Keen hiking boots are known to be one of the best/ favorite hiking shoes for those with a wider foot.
If you plan on hiking, don’t forget your hiking socks. Darn Tough hiking socks are by far my favorite.
Binoculars and Camera Gear
One of the most exciting things about Yellowstone is the amount of wildlife to be seen. Since it is very important to remain a safe distance from all wildlife, binoculars come in real handy to pack for Yellowstone.
We were lucky one family member happened to pack a pair. It made spotting animals so much more fun. Check out these binoculars.
Additionally, if you even remotely love photography, you won’t want to forget your camera gear. I was reluctant to invest in a telephoto lens during our time in Yellowstone and I certainly regret it.
I’d recommend a lens that can reach at least 250mm. The further the better and then a wide-angle lens to capture landscapes.
Don’t have a fancy camera? Point and shoot cameras can do the job as well. Check out my camera gear here.
There is little to no cell phone reception in Yellowstone, therefore adding a Satellite GPS to your packing list will be extremely beneficial.
This will allow you to tour the park without worrying about losing service and having your Google maps disappear.
If you are planning on doing more hiking or camping, I’d recommend adding bug spray to your Yellowstone packing list. If you forget it, you can always get some while in Yellowstone.
Yellowstone has both Grizzly bears and Black bears present throughout the park. While they may seem cuddly, people have been seriously injured by bears.
We personally did not bring bear spray during our trip. However, if you know you will be hiking a lot you might want to consider getting some.
Yellowstone tip: You are not allowed to fly with bear spray, so it is best to get it once you are near Yellowstone. Here are Yellowstone bear safety tips.
During the day, it can get really hot in Yellowstone. That is why you will definitely want to bring sunscreen with you.
If you are more of an adventure traveler, I’d recommend a small backpack to carry your things. Some of the most popular backpacks are Osprey backpacks. I personally like using the Lowepro backpack which is designed to hold my camera gear.
Reusable Water bottle
I always pack my Lifestraw water bottle no matter where I go, however, any reusable water bottle will work!
Battery Pack or USB Outlet Car charger
A battery pack is one of my favorite travel accessories. Mainly because as a content creator I use my phone a lot, therefore, having this battery is a life-saver!
Depending on how many people you have in the car, you might want to also consider one of those cigarette outlet chargers so you can charge multiple phones at once.
I have quite a few detailed guides covering Yellowstone National Park within my Wyoming section, however, if you’d like to do some light reading, you can also consider bringing a Yellowstone Guide Book.
Other Toiletries and Items for Your Yellowstone Packing List
Here are some of your other basic Toiletries to pack for your Yellowstone National Park vacation.
- Electrical tape to wrap liquid bottles from spilling. Yes, I always tape down all lids just in case!
- Nail clipper and file. Nothing drives me crazier than a hangnail on vacation.
- Liquid travel bottles
- Little first aid kit
- Shower cap and wet brush.
- Mini blow dryer (this is the one I use)
- Curling iron
- Make-up bag
Yellowstone Summer Packing List: Wrap-up
I hope you have found this Yellowstone National Park Summer Packing List helpful! Did I miss something or you have a question? Let me know in the comments below and I will get back to you!
Additionally, make sure to check out my other Yellowstone National Park resources including Yellowstone travel tips!