After you've booked your Yellowstone National Park vacation with Lodging at Yellowstone, there are a few things you should start to think about before your visit. We encourage you to write out a list of notable destinations you'll want to check out, Yellowstone tours that interest you, and of course, what you should bring! Luckily, we've prepared a quick list of five essential items that are a must when you visit during the summer season. Whether you're on the 1,300 miles of Yellowstone hiking trails or are driving through the park, you'll feel more ready than ever when you check all these items off your to bring list!

1. Durable Hiking Boots

The boardwalks tend to get pretty slippery with the steam from the geothermal features in the park, rain, and other reasons. Durable boots or shoes are perfect for the Yellowstone hiking trails, so be sure that they're waterproof and breathable, which will provide the utmost comfort during your daily treks.

2. Binoculars and Camera

A great pair of binoculars and a quality camera will go a long way on your upcoming Yellowstone National Park vacation. Since there are specific safety guidelines when it comes to viewing the Yellowstone wildlife, having a reliable pair of binoculars will offer the best sight opportunities. Since Yellowstone tends to be a once in a lifetime trip for some, having a quality camera with extra batteries will help you capture pictures to share with your loved ones back home.

3. Extra Clothing and Different Types

The weather is subject to change frequently on your daily adventures in and around the park. The morning could bring snow, the intense afternoon heat, and temperatures could drop again after the sunsets. Prepare yourself with removable layers, a raincoat, synthetic or wool socks (to keep your feet dry), and clothing meant for hot temperatures. The smell around the hydrothermal features will leave a less than pleasant scent on your clothing, so changing is necessary throughout the day.

4. A Table Cloth, Snacks, and Water

You may find yourself spending plenty of time in your car, which is why we suggest packing a cooler with some snacks and water. While there are many gas stations around the park to stop at on your Yellowstone National Park vacation, you may find yourself spending a pretty penny on items within the park. Packing a variety of snacks and having water on hand will keep you happy in the car. A table cloth or blanket will also be a great option to pull out and have a picnic throughout your journey.

5. Safety Essentials

Several items will keep you happy and healthy on a Yellowstone National Park vacation, and you won't want to leave home without them. Since you will be spending the majority of your time outdoors, a few items are vital to put on your packing list! Bear spray may sound silly, but the Yellowstone wildlife includes over 700 grizzlies along with brown bears as well. Having it on hand while on the Yellowstone hiking trails is a must! Here are a few other essentials to throw in a daypack (which is also on the list).  

  • Headlamp
  • Plastic bags
  • Park maps
  • Bug spray
  • Water shoes
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, hat

East and West Yellowstone Accommodations

We are excited for you to join Lodging at Yellowstone on your upcoming Yellowstone National Park vacation. Please take a moment to look through our West and East Yellowstone accommodations and lodging options to see what location will best suit your needs. The Kelly Inn, ClubHouse Inn, and Yellowstone West Gate hotels are all located in West Yellowstone while The Cody Hotel is located just 50 miles from the East entrance. You can book all locations through our website or give us a call at 1-800-259-4672.