US National Parks provide destinations with unique landscapes and wildlife, and a variety of outdoor activities year-round.
When it’s time to start packing for your trip, use our National Park Packing Lists. (Scroll to download the packing lists.)
The lists are 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.
The most important thing to remember when packing for a trip to most US National Parks is the weather is unpredictable! Layers are important for cooler mornings and nights, and to be prepared when storms quickly roll in at all times of the year.
You must take extra patience with you when you visit many US National Parks during the busy summer season. Be prepared and patient that it may take longer than you think to navigate the parks.
PACKING ITEM #1 should always be The America the Beautiful Annual Pass!
It 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:
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.
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