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:https://www.nathab.com/gear-store to start shopping.
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).
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)
Eye drops (optional—if your eyes are sensitive to dry air)
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 availabiltiy 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.
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