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Do you have a list of US National Parks you want to visit like we do? 

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.

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US NATIONAL PARK PACKING LIST ITEMS

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.

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.

Why the National Park Pass is a Good Deal!

Packing Item #2 – Daypack for Outdoor Activities

Packing Item #3 – Other Important Gear

→ FREE DOWNLOAD: Camera gear checklist

WHAT TO PACK FOR NATIONAL PARKS IN THE SPRING, SUMMER OR FALL

Hiking Gear

Clothing & Water Shoes

WHAT TO PACK FOR US NATIONAL PARKS IN THE WINTER

Winter Hiking Gear

Winter Clothing

Winter Clothing Guide for Outdoor Adventure and Photography

PLAN A US NATIONAL PARK VACATION

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