US National Parks in the spring is our favorite time to plan our vacations!
National Parks provide destinations with unique landscapes. wildlife, and a variety of outdoor activities year-round.
When it’s time to start packing for your trip, use our Spring Packing List for National Parks so you don’t leave anything behind!
Grab a copy of the packing checklist below!
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SPRING NATIONAL PARK PACKING LIST ITEMS
The packing checklist is fairly comprehensive, and you may not need every item depending on your type of travel, things you will do, or time of year you visit. Make modifications to the lists as needed.
Weather, region and elevation are important to consider when packing for a US National Park trip. Weather can be unpredictable any time of year, so be sure to check the forecast and pack accordingly!
Pack and wear layers for the cool mornings and evenings you’ll find in the spring. You’re also prepared for any storms that may quickly roll in unexpectedly.
The America the Beautiful Annual Pass
The US National Park annual pass costs $80 and is valid for one year from the date of purchase. For the most current information on passes, reference the National Park Service website.
If you’re a US citizen these other passes are also available:
- Senior Pass if you’re over 62
- Military Pass
- 4th Grade Pass
The pass allows two signatures so it can be shared, and the two people don’t have to be related. You will need to show photo ID each time you use the pass.
You can order passes online or get them at any of these Federal Recreation Areas.
Daypack for Outdoor Activities
- WATER – water bottles or hydration backpack
- Clothing layers
- Healthy snacks
- Flashlight or headlamp
- National Park maps
- Lip protection with sunscreen
- Polarized sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Hand lotion
- Toilet paper (carry out in a bag – do not bury)
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Bags to pack out trash
- Camera equipment
- Bear spray (you can rent at Yellowstone)
- Waterproof hiking boots or shoes – Merrell Moab are our FAVORITE!
- Light wool or synthetic socks – Darn Tough Socks are the BEST!
- Walking stick or trekking poles
Clothing & Water Shoes
- Wicking and quick-drying base layers
- Wicking, quick-drying and sun protective shirts, pants and shorts
- Fleece or insulated jacket
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Sun hat or Buff
- Water shoes or sandals
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