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Do you have a list of US National Parks you want to visit like we do? US 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 US National Park Packing List for summer and winter.

The list 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’re also prepared for any storms that may quickly roll in unexpectedly.

Planning and preparation are key when planning a trip to a national park on your bucket list.

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Packing Item #1 – 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.

BUY THE PASS AT REI and they will donate 10% of sales to the National Park Foundation.

Packing Item #2 – Daypack for Outdoor Activities

hydration backpack        national park maps     first aid kit for hiking


Packing Item #3 – Important Gear

Anker portable external battery charger    binoculars  Lowepro Flipside 500 Camera Backpack

Camera gear checklist for travel photography

What To Pack for Spring, Summer or Fall

Hiking Gear

Merrell Moab hiking shoe   Darn Tough Socks     Trekking hiking poles

• Waterproof hiking boots or shoes – Merrell Moab are our FAVORITE!

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What To Pack for US National Parks in the Winter

Winter Hiking Gear

Merrell insulated boots    Darn Tough socks merino wool socks



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