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Luggage and bags: Small day pack for hiking, suitcases of course if you're staying in Shenandoah National Park's lodging or nearby. If your camping, it's a much longer list. Pets have now been welcomed to certain rooms in the park's lodging!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good hiking boots! cool and warm weather clothing (nighttime gets chilly sometimes, and daytime heat can be brutal on the trail in the late spring to early fall months.) good socks for those hiking boots, and comfortable pants. Denim jeans are no fun on the trail in the heat, and can restrict your legs when having to bend your knees up steep trails. Bandana or hat for the sweat! Rain gear in the spring/late spring.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: "Moleskins" or bandaids for those heel and toe blisters some may get.
Photo Equipment: Digital camera, any camera, preferably one that can zoom in case you see bear (you don't want to hang out or get closer!). You should have plenty of pretty views to capture, and animals. I've seen plenty of deer (they'll graze early morning and dusk by your lodge unit at times if you stay in the park) wild turkeys, rattlesnakes, songbirds, skunks, raccoons, and of course black bear, but I never had my camera out for the bears every time!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Binoculars are a must have!! We used to spend hours when we've stayed at Skyland looking at the valley, birds of prey flying down below you, and at night if you stay in the mountains, it's fun to just look at all the little lights come on down below, watch the headlights of tiny cars, and figure out where the Luray Bell Tower is with your binoculars, which is lit up at night by spotlights on the ground.
Miscellaneous: I've stayed at Skyland in Shenandoah National Park at least 10 times, and camped at Lewis Mountain. The food is decent, the valley view at your table is even better, cute gift shop, tap room. The lodge rooms I've stayed in are typical motel size, clean, nice balcony to look at the view,most no TV, no phone,(your supposed to be out hiking, remember?!!). Usually, we'd eat breakfast and dinner at the restaurant, and pack food items for lunch time since we may be on the trail during that time. Big Meadows has some diner-type food that's a bit cheaper if you want to take a nice ride down there (abt 10 miles) for a meal. Remember: don't pick the flowers, don't feed the animals, and bring bug spray.
Updated Apr 21, 2007
Luggage and bags: Bring a backpack large enough to hold food, water, and spare clothing.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good, high-topped, waterproof hiking boots are a must. Also, bring rain gear, a change of clothes, and a change of socks. If you get wet, hypothermia can be a real danger
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Be sure to bring sunscreen and insect repellant.
Photo Equipment: Bring a camera with lots of film / storage. You'll need it.
Miscellaneous: WATER IN THE STREAMS IS NOT SAFE TO DRINK! Be sure to bring water, especially off-season. Water fountains are closed in the fall and winter, and no bottled water is available inside the park.
Written Nov 12, 2006
Luggage and bags: If you going to be hiking in Shenandoah NP, Here is some must haves:
1) Layers of clothing- morning are cold, afternoons hot
2) bug spray
4) good hiking shoes/sneakers
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: shorts/ jeans for hiking. Good hiking boots!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bug spray
Photo Equipment: We just brought digital camera
Updated Sep 18, 2005
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