Natural Habitat Adventures

Know Before You Go

What to Pack for Yellowstone in Spring, Summer & Fall


The following packing list contains general recommendations for a Yellowstone safari. If you are currently booked on a Yellowstone adventure with Nat Hab, please consult your pre-departure materials for the most up-to-date packing list specific to your trip. You will receive these materials 60-90 days before your departure.


Simplify your packing—shop at Nat Hab’s online Gear Store for key items recommended for your adventure. Look for this icon in the list below, then go to the Nat Hab Gear Store to start shopping.

ADVENTURE-SPECIFIC GUIDELINES

  • The weather in Yellowstone can be unpredictable, so you need to be properly prepared. Please bring extra layers with you every day (i.e., T-shirt, fleece and wind/waterproof jacket) to ensure you'll stay warm during outdoor activities. You can remove layers throughout the day if the temperature rises.
  •  Please note that the clothing list below is geared more toward travel in May and September. If you're traveling from June–August, bring more warm-weather clothes, as temperatures will be warmer and sometimes hot, in high summer. You may want to bring shorts and/or short-sleeved shirts for summer travel.
  • High-powered spotting scopes and binoculars are provided for your use on the trip (you don't need to bring your own unless you prefer your personal optics). 

CLOTHING

  • 2 KN95 masks per person (included in your pre-departure package)
  • Lightweight neck gaiter (included in your pre-departure package)
    —Useful for wearing over the KN95 masks to keep them clean and extend their use.
    —Also provides sun, wind and/or dust protection.
  • Additional cloth face coverings
    —We recommend bringing a few more face coverings of your own. Silk, wool or polypropylene long underwear for layering (tops & bottoms)
  • Warm, windproof fleece jacket
  • Lightweight, waterproof (not just water-resistant) rain gear  (we recommend a rain jacket with hood and rain pants)
  • Waterproof hiking boots (broken in, to prevent blisters)
  • Warm hat, gloves & neck gaiter or scarf  (for cooler mornings and evenings, especially in May and September.)
  • 2 pairs of long pants (or nylon zip-off pants—perfect for cool mornings and evenings, converting to shorts for warmer afternoons)
  • 2–3 long-sleeved shirts (1–2 for travel June–August)
  • 1–2 short-sleeved shirts (2–3 for travel June–August)
  • 2 pair of shorts (For travel June–August. You may not need extra pairs of shorts if you take zip-off pants)
  • Silk, polypropylene or lightweight wool thermal underwear (For travel in May and September.)
    — Bottoms and top—for layering in cooler temperatures
  • Socks (preferably wool or wool-blend for hikes)
  • Extra pair of comfortable shoes (to wear following outdoor excursions)
  • Undergarments
  • Sleepwear
  • Swimsuit (optional)

ADDITIONAL ITEMS

  • Cash
    — For discretionary gratuities (you may want to bring envelopes for discreet presentation)
    — For personal spending (souvenirs, Internet use, or food and beverages not included in your trip fee)
  • Hair dryer
    — Provided at all accommodations, but some hotels keep only a few at the front desk, and there is a possibility they may already be taken by other guests.
  • Water bottle
  • Binoculars
    — Optional. High-quality binoculars are provided for each traveler, but if you have a personal pair you like, you are invited to bring them.
  • Sunglasses (With U.V. filter and secure strap)
  • Headlamp or small flashlight with spare batteries and bulb 
  • Earplugs
  • Toiletries
  • Prescription medications and favorite remedies (for headaches, colds, upset stomach, etc.)
  • Insect repellent and anti-itch ointment
    — Repellents containing DEET are most effective against mosquitoes, but please be aware that DEET is a very strong chemical that can damage plastics, clothing and equipment.
  • Lotion, sunscreen and lip balm (At least SPF 15, preferably SPF 30 or higher —Western mountain air is dry, and we will be outdoors at high elevations)
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Eye drops (optional—if your eyes are sensitive to dry air)
  • Prescription glasses/contact lenses
  • Battery-operated alarm clock/wristwatch
  • Reusable waterproof bags  (bring several sizes for wet or dirty clothing, and to protect camera equipment)
  • Phone card (Cooke City does not have cell phone coverage)
  • Trekking poles
    — A limited supply will be available on our adventure, but we cannot guarantee their availability to all guests at all times, so plan bring your own if you require their use throughout the itinerary or have a style you especially like.
    — If you are bringing poles, they must be able to fit into your checked luggage, as you will not be allowed to carry them on the plane.


Header Credit: Henry Holdsworth

Browse Our Yellowstone Adventures
Repeater Layout : vertical-2up
Hidden Yellowstone & Grand Teton Safari

Hidden Yellowstone & Grand Teton Safari

A small-group exploration of Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons as few get to experience them—scout for wildlife and discover secret places with our naturalist guides who know this region intimately. 

  Photo departures available
7 Days / May–Oct
From $6395
Limited to 13 Travelers
Know Before You Go

Get Weekly Updates

Our weekly eNewsletter highlights new adventures, exclusive offers, webinars, nature news, travel ideas, photography tips and more.
Privacy Policy
We're Proud of the Reputation We’ve Earned
Outside
Voted "World's Best Travel
Company"
by Outside Magazine
Outside
Natural Habitat Adventures Ranked
“Best Outfitter”
NatGeo
Voted Best Winter Trip: Natural Habitat Adventures' Monarch Butterfly Migration, Mexico
VIEW MORE AWARDS

Send Me Travel Emails

Get the Inside Scoop on the

World of Nature Travel

Our weekly eNewsletters highlights new adventures, exclusive offers, webinars, nature news, travel ideas, photography tips and more. Sign up today!

Natural Habitat Adventures Logo WWF Logo
Send Me Travel Emails
Privacy Policy
Thank you for joining our email list

Look for a special welcome message in your inbox, arriving shortly! Be sure to add naturalhabitat@nathab.com to your email contacts so you don’t miss out on future emails.

Request Your 2022 Catalog

Discover the World's Best

Nature Travel Experiences

Nathab 2022 Catalog

Together, Natural Habitat Adventures and World Wildlife Fund have teamed up to arrange nearly a hundred nature travel experiences around the planet, while helping to protect the spectacular places we visit and their wild inhabitants.

Natural Habitat Adventures Logo WWF Logo
Request Your 2023/2024 Catalog
Continued - Page 2 of 2
To help us customize your catalog request, please tell us more about your travel needs:
Thank you for requesting a catalog
We’ve received your request. If you have any questions about our trips, please feel free to contact an Adventure Specialist today by calling 800-543-8917.

Get Weekly Updatess

Discover the World's Best

Nature Travel Experiences

Our weekly eNewsletter highlights new adventures, exclusive offers, webinars, nature news, travel ideas, photography tips and more. Sign up today!

Natural Habitat Adventures Logo WWF Logo
Send Me Travel Emails
Privacy Policy
Thank you for joining our email list!

Look for a special welcome message in your inbox, arriving shortly! Be sure to add naturalhabitat@nathab.com to your email contacts so you don’t miss out on future emails.

Send Us a Message

Send Us a Message

Have a question or comment? Use the form to the right to get in touch with us.

Natural Habitat Adventures Logo WWF Logo
Send Us a Message
Thank you for your message

We’ll be in touch soon with a response.

Refer a Friend

Refer a Friend
Earn rewards for referring your friends! We'd like to thank our loyal travelers for spreading the word. Share your friend's address so we can send a catalog, and if your friend takes a trip as a first-time Nat Hab traveler, you'll receive a $250 Nat Hab gift card you can use toward a future trip or the purchase of Nat Hab gear. To refer a friend, just complete the form below or call us at 800-543-8917. It's that easy! See rules and fine print here.
Natural Habitat Adventures Logo WWF Logo
Refer a Friend

Earn rewards for referring your friends! We'd like to thank our loyal travelers for spreading the word. Share your friend's address so we can send a catalog, and if your friend takes a trip as a first-time Nat Hab traveler, you'll receive a $250 Nat Hab gift card you can use toward a future trip or the purchase of Nat Hab gear. To refer a friend, just complete the form below or call us at 800-543-8917. It's that easy! See rules and fine print here.

Thank you for the referral!

We've received your friend's information.

View Our 2023 Digital Catalog

View Our 2023/2024

Digital Catalog

Help us save paper! We offer a digital version of The World's Greatest Nature Journeys. If you'd prefer a mailed copy, please provide your contact details here. To view our digital catalog, please enter your info in the form to the right.
Natural Habitat Adventures Logo WWF Logo
View Digital Catalog
Happy browsing!

Thanks for requesting access to our digital catalog. Click here to view it now. You’ll also receive it by email momentarily.

Our Trips

Polar Bear Tours

Polar Bear Tours

African Safaris

African Safaris

U.S. National Parks Tours

U.S. National Parks Tours

Alaska Adventures

Alaska Adventures

Canada & the North

Canada & the North

Galapagos Tours

Galapagos Tours

Mexico & Central America Tours

Mexico & Central America Tours

South America Adventures

South America Adventures

Europe Adventures

Europe Adventures

Asia & Pacific Adventures

Asia & Pacific Adventures

Antarctica & Arctic Journeys

Antarctica & Arctic Journeys

Adventure Cruises

Adventure Cruises

Photography Adventures

Photography Adventures

Family Adventures

Family Adventures

New Adventures

New Adventures

Questions? Call 800-543-8917

Contact Us

Have a question or comment?
Click any of the buttons below to get in touch with us.

Hours
Mountain Time

  • 8 am to 5 pm, Monday - Friday
  • 8 am to 3 pm on Saturday
  • Closed on Sunday
Call 800-543-8917
Questions? Click to Chat
Questions? Click to Chat
/know-before-you-go/us-national-parks/yellowstone/packing-list/spring-summer-fall/