Wednesday, September 14, 2016

What To Pack When Visiting a National Park

While I’ve always been pretty open about my abandonment issues with working out, one thing that I truly enjoy that can be a great source of exercise is visiting national parks. I would much rather get my exercise among the mountains than in a gym where half the machines look like torture devices (technically they are, based on who you’re asking). And if that doesn’t convince you, all pictures in this post are from a national park.

I’ve been to Zion National Park, Shenandoah, Acadia and more. When I first starting going to national parks I almost always forgot to pack something. So if you’re the type of person that enjoys packing lists then your girl has you covered. Feel free to even pin this for later so when you do find the time, you’ll be all set. 


This may seem obvious to some people but when I went to Zion a few weeks ago I completely forgot to pack a CamelBack, let alone a regular backpack. Pretty much everyone will have one  - it’s great for carrying all your stuff, leaving you hands-free to get some great shots. Don't forget to have the bladder for your water and there should be multiple refill stations throughout the park.


No matter what national park you visit, chances are there will be opportunities for some killer photos. Double check the hike your about to go on to see if you’re comfortable bringing your camera. I wouldn’t recommend bringing your $400 DSLR on a hike through the river (again, learn from my mistakes friends!). Go Pros are also a great product to bring if you’re looking for some video content.


When you’re in a national park there’s not a lot of places to grab a snack on a 10-mile hike. It’s great to be able to stop for a second, get a drink of water and eat a banana when you feel like you’re on the verge of passing out. Happened to me more than a few times. So don’t forget to pack some munchies. Think foraging like food – nuts, bananas, protein bars, grass, etc.

The Extras

Visiting a national park typically means you’ll be there for most of the day. So don’t forget your sunscreen and a hat. It’s easy to forget when you’re hiking all day that you’re also exposing yourself to the sun. Lastly, while chances are you won't have to use a first aid kit, as the saying goes, “it's better to be safe than sorry”. National parks are more treacherous than your everyday workout spots so it never hurts to be prepared. 


  1. Well this post is on point and clear for important things to grab before you leave... :)

    1. Thanks love! Hoping it helps some people since I definitely was unprepared SO many times ;)

  2. Love these tips! I need to take better advantage of our National Parks and the beauty they help preserve!

    ​xx katie // a touch of teal

  3. I need a vacay like this!

    1. Do it! You SO won't regret it - and you get to feel like a superstar when you reach the top of that mountain!


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