What to Pack for a Visit to a National Park

Visits to National Parks are an American tradition. The nation is replete with several national parks spread over the expanse of the country. These are good places to find out more about American flora and fauna and not just in the summer months. In this article, we present to you our comprehensive guide on what to pack for a visit to a national park to have the most comfortable experience –

  • Pack clever – Keep a tab on weather conditions online before starting on your packing. Be prepared for unexpected changes in weather. If you’re visiting during summer, don’t fail to take into account that a storm may brew up and drag the temperature down.

  • Choose the right kind of luggage – A daypack should be enough to carry all you will need on your trip to a national park. If you see a daypack doesn’t quite cut it, pick a luggage type that can weather the rough and tumble of a national park’s environs.

  • Wear sturdy shoes – If you plan to visit a national park, you can be sure to expect a lot of walking. Strong and durable hiking boots are your best bet. Bring shoes that are comfortable to wear and dependable for walking long distances on rough terrain. Also, wear and carry extra sets of sweat-wicking socks.

  • Carry water – It's essential to stay hydrated on your travels – so this one is a no-brainer. Carry along a handful of water bottles to keep away exhaustion and dehydration.

  • Wear/carry protective sun-gear – Think hats, sunglasses and so on. Don’t let the morning sun be a deterrent in your explorations. Protect yourself from the sun’s harsh rays by wearing shades and donning a hat to keep the glaring sun out.

  • Tent – If you plan to stay overnight at the national park you're visiting, there's no better way to experience the park than pitching your tent out at the campsite. It's cheaper and gives you a more authentic experience of being out in the wild.

  • Insect repellant – Any trip to a park warrants packing an insect repellant. You never know when you’ll get attacked by a swarm of mosquitoes. It’s best to play safe.

Hopefully, this guide helps you pack better for your next trip to any national park. It lists all the essential items that you ought to carry on any visit to a national park.

May 03, 2019 by Jason Wallis-Johnson