Yellowstone National Park Packing Lists

Use our Yellowstone National Park Packing Lists to make sure you have everything you need to enjoy your trip. It’s important to know the activities and things you’ll do so you can pack accordingly.

This Yellowstone National Park travel guide will help you plan your trip and daily itineraries!

Free Printable Yellowstone National Park Packing Checklists

The packing lists for Yellowstone 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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A Photo Tour of Yellowstone Waterfalls

Take a visual tour through Yellowstone National Park to see the stunning landscape and waterfalls you’ll find in the park!

Packing For a Trip to Yellowstone National Park

Season and weather are important to consider when packing for your Yellowstone vacation. Weather can be unpredictable any time of year, so be sure to check the forecast and pack accordingly!

Yellowstone in the Spring

Spring can often feel more like a Yellowstone winter vacation compared to other places because it is higher in elevation. Temperatures throughout the day can range from the 30s to the 60s and the nights are still well below freezing that usually dips down into the teens or single digits. Check the weather and be prepared with the right clothing (we always have our winter clothing with us in the Jeep because you never know!)

  • March highs around 40˚ / lows around 17˚
  • April highs around 50˚ / lows around 26˚
  • May highs around 60˚ / lows around 34˚

Yellowstone in the Summer

A Yellowstone summer vacation is the perfect way to escape the heat. The summers are typically mild and the nights are cooler. During the summer the temperatures are usually between 70 and 80 degrees during the day, making it the perfect exploring weather and then drop into the 40s or below. On average July is the hottest month of the year, but you don’t really see the temperatures getting into the 90s. 

  • June average high 70˚ / low 41˚
  • July average high 80˚ / low 47˚
  • August average high 78˚ / low 45˚

Yellowstone in the Fall

A Yellowstone vacation in the fall is a perfect time to visit. The days get gradually shorter as winter nears, and temperatures drop rapidly once the sun goes down.

  • September average high 68˚ / low 37˚
  • October average high 56˚ / low 30˚
  • November average high 39˚ / low 19˚

Yellowstone in the Winter

For a once-in-a-lifetime experience, plan a Yellowstone Winter vacation! It’s surreal to see the park covered in a blanket of snow with billowing steam and mist from the geysers. And that snow, frost and mist that cover the landscape and wildlife result in amazing Yellowstone winter photography.

  • December average highs 30˚ / low 12˚
  • January average highs 29˚ / low 10˚
  • February average high 34˚ / low 13˚

Yellowstone National Park Packing List

Here’s a list of items we recommend you pack for a trip to Yellowstone:

The America the Beautiful Annual Pass

We highly recommend you get the US National Park Pass for your trip to Yellowstone, especially if you’ll be visiting nearby Grand Teton. 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 National Park pass through REI – they donate 10% of sale proceeds to the National Park Foundation which is cool! You can also get them at any of these Federal Recreation Areas.

Daypack Items for Outdoor Activities at Yellowstone

Hiking Gear for Yellowstone

Clothing for Spring, Summer and Fall at Yellowstone

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 at Yellowstone

→ Winter Clothing Guide for Outdoor Adventure and Photography

Other Important Gear to Pack for Yellowstone

Grand Teton maps and guides

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