The 14 Items You Need to Bring to America’s National Parks
Of course you should have an adventure in America’s national parks in this centennial year. And with every adventure comes prepping and packing. To alleviate some of that stress, we’ve gathered the best gear to make your national parks visits worry-free. Whether you’re headed for Acadia or Arches, Yosemite or Yellowstone, these products will keep you comfortable throughout a full day of outdoor activity, discovery, and delight.
A lightweight jacket with GORE-TEX® technology, like this Hagl Ornas parka, is a go-to for any outdoor adventure.
Staying hydrated while on the go is vital. This Nalgene reusable water bottle will help keep you going throughout the day while eliminating unnecessary plastic waste.
Packing a stylish hat can be a challenge, but this raffia model from Tommy Bahama is crushable and shapeable.
Make sure to capture all of your outdoor adventures with this retro Polaroid digital camera, which prints your snaps instantly.
Wherever you go, there’s a good chance you’ll experience some rugged terrain. These boots by Vasque are your best bet when trekking through serious conditions.
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Many of the national parks are prone to abrupt and dramatic temperature changes. Layering with this chic Chan Luu scarf will elevate your style while protecting you from the sun or a sudden temperature drop.
If there’s any chance you might take a dip, you’ll want a functional swimsuit, like this one from Flagpole, which comes with a built-in rash guard.
Besides being a great value, the parks’ backcountry campsites are often the best way to get away from the crowds and have your own experience. The hexagonal shape of this ultralight MSR style tent will shelter two people, leaving ample room on the sides for gear.
Whether in snow or sun, you are going to need a pair of sunglasses. This model by Maui Jim is both functional and fashionable.
There is no pair of socks more appropriate to pack on your adventure than this Pendleton style, which celebrates America’s national parks.
Keep pesky insects away with a strong repellent. This natural lemon and eucalyptus spray by Repel will ward off unwanted companions.
Comfortable All-Day Shoe
A comfortable and versatile shoe like these Derek Lam 10 Crosby Derek Lam slip-ons will keep your feet happy after a day of trekking and exploring.
No matter the weather, a good sunscreen is always a necessity. This 50+ SPF hydrating formula with UVA/B protection by Avène will keep you protected and comfortable while you explore.