US National Park Packing Lists: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter

When it’s time to start packing for your trip, use our US National Park Packing Lists for spring, summer, fall and winter.

After searching for US National Park vacation ideas and picking a destination, you need to know what to pack!

The lists are fairly comprehensive and you may not need every item depending on your type of travel or the things you will do. Make modifications to the lists as needed.

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US NATIONAL PARK PACKING LIST

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!

Planning and preparation are key when when visiting the US National Parks. Research the weather, region and elevation of the parks you’ll visit to help you know what to pack.

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National Park Packing Checklist

The America the Beautiful Annual Pass

We highly recommend you get the US National Park Pass, especially if you’ll be visiting multiple parks. It’s valid for one year from the date of purchase. Check the National Park Service website for the most current pricing information.

If you’re a US citizen these other passes are also available:

  • Senior Pass if you’re over 62
  • Military Pass
  • 4th Grade Pass

One of the cool features of the national parks pass is it allows two signatures so the pass can be shared. The two people don’t have to be related either. You will need to show photo ID each time you use the pass.

We like to buy our pass through REI – they donate 10% of sale proceeds to the National Park Foundation which is cool! Plus that purchase goes toward our REI annual member dividend. You can also get them at any of these Federal Recreation Areas.

Daypack Items for Outdoor Activities

Hiking Gear for National Parks

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Clothing for Spring, Summer and Fall

You’ll want to wear wicking clothing so it pulls moisture (sweat) away from you and moves it to the fabric’s outer surface, where it can dry quickly. Wicking clothing allows you to sweat without feeling clammy or chilled.

Clothing For Winter

→ Winter Clothing Guide for Outdoor Adventure and Photography

Packing Item #3 – Other Important Gear

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6 Comments

  1. I love this. I would love it if you would share this on The Fabulous Friday Link Party this Friday. You can find the link on my website. Hugs to you.

  2. Packing for a national park road trip can be one of the most overwhelming parts of the vacation (especially when you have a family for which to pack)! Will be using these helpful lists for reference for our upcoming trip to make sure I don’t forget anything important!

  3. I do a lot of day hiking (3-4 miles) in Southern California but I’ve been wanted to get really into it and do longer/overnight trips. This post is so helpful, now I can get myself prepared and start venturing out more!

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