Taking the family to Yellowstone is a right of passage. Visited by millions every year, it's most known for its unique geological wonders and stately wildlife species. Camping in the park is a real treat for all involved, let's be sure to pack the right gear for a memorable trip.
10 OF THE MOST IMPORTANT EQUIPMENT TO TAKE ON YOUR TRIP TO YELLOWSTONE NATIONAL PARK
1. SNACKS & FOOD
Outside of the obvious of breakfast, lunch, dinners and liquids. Make sure to pack an overwhelming amount of snacks for the whole family. After sightseeing natural attraction favorites like Old Faithful, The Grand Canyon of Yellowstone, Mammoth Hot Springs, Grand Prasmatic Spring, and Yellowstone Lake you're bound to be wiped out. We know better than most that the power of snack can give a second wind to even the crankiest of kids.
2. FIRST AID KIT
- With nearly 1,000 miles of hiking trails, there are no shortage of off the beaten path adventures. Longer day hikes within the park will require a more comprehensive pack of basic necessities (like the 'Extra Layers' stated below.) Don't forget to pack a First Aid Kit for the journey. From bug bites and minor scratches to sprains and fractures, make sure to pick up a kit that'll cover all the bases. Even moderate hikes like the one to Fairy Falls and less strenuous family-friendly walks around the more populated attractions can result in unplanned injury.
3. EXTRA LAYERS + OTHER WEATHER ADD-ONS
- Pack clothing for all weather conditions. Cold fronts and inclement weather can happen anytime of the year. Like most parts of the United States, the park may experience large temperature fluctuations between morning and night. Sunscreen, bug spray, sun hat, winter hat, raincoat, winter coat--the whole 9 yards. Keep an eye on the forecast of course, but be prepared for all situations.
4. BEAR SPRAY
- Don't skip on this one. Yellowstone is home to both Black Bears and Grizzly Bears. Even if you don't plan to venture into the thick of it, Bear Spray is a must year-round.
5. EVEREST 2X
- There are 12 campsites within Yellowstone National Park. Many in which can be booked out in advance. Both Grant Village and Canyon Campground offer family friendly amenities as well as reservations. Be sure to purchase a portable cooking system fit for feeding the entire family. The Everest is cook ready within minutes. It's the type of set-up that'll make your campsite neighbors jealous. Don't forget some propane bottles!
- Since you're packing the Everest, you should think about adding a little versatility with it. Bringing along a skillet will make Feta Rolls a breeze. Don't forget some pots as well for everything from spaghetti to soup!
- We think a little housekeeping is in order. Not only is it a basic requirement to clean up after yourself, it's also prudent considering the wildlife that call Yellowstone home.
- You won't get very far behind the grill without a trusty 5-Piece All-Purpose Chef Set, built for outdoor cookery. You'll get a serving spoon, a knife, spatula, and a pair of tongs all wrapped up in a weather-proof pouch.
- Many campsites come equipped with a fire pit ring. However, park-wide fire bans aren't unheard of, especially during the summer months as you move your way west.
10. BINOCULARS for Wildlife Viewing in Yellowstone
- Yellowstone is filled with wildlife--bison, elk, grizzly bears, moose, birds and more all claim the park as their home. While there aren't specific locations dedicated to viewing the wildlife, there are a number of vehicle pull-offs while snaking through the park. Bank on early mornings and evenings being the best times for animal sightings due to their feeding schedules. It is important to note that different animals will inhabit different areas of the park during various times of the year. Viewing them is often chalked up to luck. Your best bet is to stop by the Visitor's Center and ask a Ranger if/where wildlife has been seen recently. A pair of Bushnell Prime, 8x42 Binoculars will assist you in viewing the wildlife from a safe distance (The National Park Service suggests that park goers remain at a minimum of 100 yards for bears and wolves and 25 yards from all other wildlife.) These viewers offer a superior blend of magnification and field of view, ideal for birds and other moving wildlife in any weather situation. Plus, the all-new Exclusive EXO Barrier Protection is rugged enough for any camping trip, protecting your binoculars against scratches while repelling water, oil, dust, and other debris.