bring a good "research" partner, partner
Luggage and bags: No need to drag that backpack into Jackson even if you just came off a great backcountry trip in the Tetons. A small day pack will suffice to carry what you need in this small town.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The temperature in town is generally warmer than in Grand Teton National Park but weather is changeable so it's best to carry something warm in case the weather goes sour. If it's nice out, shed those hiking boots too and pull out the sandals. Your feet will be happy about that.
D was happy to get out of her “uniform” and into street clothes. She certainly looked beautiful after a much deserved shower and all “gussied up.”
Photo Equipment: A wide angle comes in handy for getting all the beers and food into one shot. ;)
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We left our camp set up back at Jenny Lake so yes, we did have tent, sleeping bags, and mats sort of with us. I think next time, we just might get a room in town to fully take advantage of Snake River Brewing!
Miscellaneous: D was an ace in Jackson, driving me home safely to Jenny Lake after my “research” at Snake River Brewing. :)
- Beer Tasting
- Road Trip
May-June expect all weather in Wyoming
Luggage and bags: This s/all fit in 1 bag + a regular size back pack for touring.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Amt CLOTHING for WY
May-June expect anything from snow and freezing rain to hot and dry
2;1;1 jeans; zip offs; fleece pants
1 tee shirt
1 fleece jacket
1 rain jacket & waterproof pants
1 winter jacket
4 long sleeve tops
0 jean jacket
2; 1 bras strapless; sport
5 regular socks
2 hiking boots-you'll need a dry pair as a back up
5 hiking socks
1 fleece shirt or sweatshirt
1 warm gloves
1 warm scarf
1 long underwear
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: TOILETRIES
make-up if you're a glamor girl ;-)
vitamins & pills
bandaids & Advil
zip loc bags
knife-be sure to pack this in your check in suitcase
nasal spray-if partial to nosebleeds it's dry out there!
Photo Equipment: Up to you. I'm a point and click kinda girl so I travel light. If you are into photography bring the tripod and everything else you own as there are so many photo ops in this part of the country.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: 1 bathing suit
1 beach towel
Miscellaneous: Amt MISC
1;1 hat & ear bags-I can't live w/o my ears being covered in the cold
1 reading sunglasses
1 camera & film
1 travel diary and pen
1 guide books and highlighter, post it flags
deck of cards
1 MP3 player
1 sm flashlight
5 protein bars
1 fanny pack water carrier or some such device
- Horse Riding
- Hiking and Walking
- National/State Park
summer vs winter
Luggage and bags: Summer: Lightweight bags for backpacking and mountain hiking.
Winter: Enough to hold your winter wardrobe, you're gonna need it.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Summer: Bring good hiking shoes, and avoid stilettos. The town is covered in wooded planked sidewalks. Also, in the summer it can rain sporadically, so watch out for the clouds, you can usually see them coming.
Winter: Snow Boots, and a really warm parka.
Photo Equipment: All you can, there will be so much nature to shoot.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Summer: You can camp light, and backpack into the park, or camp out of your car at many yellowstone sites.
Winter: Yeah, I don't do that. It can be like -25 degrees, during the DAY.
- Hiking and Walking
Winters Are Cold, Other Months Are Unpredictable
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Jackson winters bring snow and cold temperatures. Summer is generally warm, but you can also get unexpected colder weather, so along with your shorts, be sure to pack a jacket and long pants. Fall and spring can bring rain or snow, cold or mild temperatures. I would recommend layers, so that you can adjust depending on what the weather brings. It is a rare restaurant in Jackson where you would need more than casual, or casual dressy clothing, so unless you have already researched the restaurants, and found one that requires a coat and tie, I would leave your most dressy clothing at home. If you are planning on heading to the national parks, and plan to get out of your car to explore, be sure to pack comfortable walking shoes, or hiking boots, especially if going to Yellowstone, were most people find that they do a lot of walking to see the sites.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Remember, you are at a high altitude; it is easy to get sunburned, even when on the ski slopes in the winter, so bring a sunscreen or sun block lotion. I forgot this myself, and received a mild sunburn on a gray, overcast, dark day while hiking in the nearby national park.
Miscellaneous: Of course you won’t forget your camera, but if you have binoculars, or a spotting scope, and are going to the national parks, be sure to pack those also. Always pack a hat and sunglasses, no matter what season you visit in.
My photo shows some of the items I took to Jackson. From left to right are a warm vest, slacks that the legs can be zipped off of, a short sleeve t-shirt, binoculars, sun block, a short casual denim skirt, a light waterproof windbreaker jacket, baseball cap, long sleeve shirt, sun glasses, black shorts, and comfortable hiking shoes.
- Road Trip
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hey it's cold up here in the winter so bring plenty of warm clothing. I'd even suggest waterproof shoes or boots.
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