Pack for all weathers
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Even if you’re visiting Wyoming at the height of summer you need to be prepared for all weathers, and by the time we arrived in early September it already felt like autumn/fall, especially at the higher levels.
You’re unlikely to need any really smart clothes. We stayed at several of the nicest lodges in the National Parks but even dining in these the dress code was casual, and elsewhere it’s even more so. I took one nice skirt just in case, but never wore it! So I recommend you take both long trousers and shorts, tops in varying thicknesses that can be layered, comfortable walking shoes and maybe, if you are staying at one of these lodges, something just a little bit smarter if (and only if) you like to dress up a little!
Photo Equipment: A long lens is a must if you want to get close-up photos of the wildlife, but the light is pretty good so no other fancy equipment is needed. All the photos on my various Wyoming pages were taken with my little Olympus digital camera.Related to:
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Luggage and bags: If going to Grand Teton National Park, bring your backpack. This is one of the premier backcountry parks in the US. Otherwise, a day pack will suffice for smaller hikes in Yellowstone.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good hiking boots are a must in the Grand Tetons but you could get away with comfortable walking shoes in Yellowstone. Dress in synthetic layers for changeable mountain weather. Bring a warm hat and rain gear. You could get four season in a day in these amazing tracts of nature.
Photo Equipment: A wide angle lens is great for landscapes but you need a good zoom for wildlife photography, something you will have a great chance for in both Yellowstone and the Grand Tetons. A tripod is good for low light situations and cute couple shots.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: This is a wonderful park to camp in so bring your tent, sleeping bags, and mats. Be prepared for chilly nights any time of year.
Miscellaneous: Someone to backpack and hike with. It's not a sport to do alone. Thanks to D for crushing my first trip to the Tetons. She saw the opportunity and took it. :)Related to:
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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Another picture of our ranch.
If you are coming to Wyoming the saying goes, 'If you don't like the weather right now, wait five minutes and it will change.' Be sure to pack warm clothes, even in summer, if you are heading into the Northwestern part of the state. For summer travel be sure to be prepared for hot, mild, and chilly temperatures. It can snow in the mountains in the middle of July.
Wintertime is down right cold. Temperatures can drop into the negative digits. Bring those winter parkas, wool socks, gloves, hat, long underwear, etc.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Same as usual.
Photo Equipment: Bring the big guns to photograph wildlife, mountains, and birds. A point and shoot will work fine, but the heavier the artillary the better. You will not be sorry.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Be sure to have a warm sleeping bag (20 degrees) if you plan on camping in the summer. Temperatures can really drop fast around here.Add to your Trip Planner
Luggage and bags: Backpack and a small day travel pack.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking boots, comfortable sandals (I recommend Tevas), clothes for all types of weather. I was in Yellowstone in September 1992 and on the Southern side of the park we wore shorts and t-shirts, but by the time we got to our campground further north, it was snowing, so be prepared!
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Keep them far away from your tent!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Warm sleeping bag, good zippers on your tent (for skunks and such).Add to your Trip Planner
Luggage and bags: Always buy good gear and you will never regret it. A comfortable pack with the weight evenly distributed is essential. Don't underestimate the importance of good shelter. The weather can change in a moment so don't be fooled by clear morning skys. Your life may depend on it!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The best boots you can buy still may not save you from a blister, but without them you won't make one day.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you don't plan to bring in a first aid kit, don't plan to take the trip.
Photo Equipment: Bring a Camera with extra film!!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Plan your meals down to the ingredient and follow it. It may not be as fun as spontaneous eating, but you don't take a trip like this to eat gourmet food. Reducing pack weight is essential and the last thing you want is to pack out food weight.Add to your Trip Planner
Luggage and bags: Pack light and plan stops to wash clothes. There are a number of laundry stops throughout yellowstone and carrying excessive baggage can weigh you down. I carry soft sided wheeled luggage and some duffel type luggage. Plan on carrying your own luggage to your rooms unless you get VERY fancy accomodations.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good well broken in hiking boots with ankle support is a good first choice. A good pair of sandals is also recommended. No fancy shoes here, you plan of getting out of the car often and walking to see the sites.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Plenty of sunscreen in the summer, along with a good hat. If your fishing or will be on the water, a decent bug repellent is useful. Camping always plan on dealing with insects in the evenings.
I always carry an emergency supply kit with things like bandages, butterfly bandages, aloe jell or cream for burns and a supply of water purifying tablets. The potable water is fine in all stops but never dring from streams no matter how far up in the mountains. You need to prevent Giardia transmission in the water source. This is common in most streams.
Photo Equipment: Our last trip the zoom lenses and long lenses were very useful. The 80-200 mm range is good for all around shots but having a 400 or 600 mm lense will really improve the animal shots. For the flower photography if you carry a 100 mm Macro lense that is very useful. A lightweight but versatile tripod is important too.
You can get batteries and supplies at many of the National Park stores but the prices can be high, if you travel though the towns of either West Yellowstone or Jackson Hole, I would suggest stopping in a larger store (like a Walmart or camera store) for
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: We take a collapsable cooler that we carry lots of water and food for lunches. You can get ice at most stores for the cooler. Buying a throwaway styrofoam cooler can also be useful. It's always much less expensive to purchase things like drinks from a larger grocery store before you get to Yellowstone.Add to your Trip Planner
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you are going to be hiking in the snow like I was take some of those big thick boots with the rubberized lower half and the quilted lining that comes out. Your feet will thank you for being warm and dry. I am wearing those kind of boots in the picture.
Photo Equipment: Take the best zoom lens you can for photographing wild life. I took pictures of antelope, buffalo, mule deer, wild horses, sage grouse, coyotes, and big horn sheep.Add to your Trip Planner
Luggage and bags: Take several bags. Organize them by the type of contents. Pack all backpacking clothes separately away from all items that have any odor such as deodorant, soaps and perfumes. These odors attract bears!
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Take at least 2 pair of shoes. Make sure that one pair are comfortable hiking shoes or boots.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you are camping or hiking in bear country (all of the above mentioned areas are), bring unscented soaps, deodorants and toothpaste. Bring a first aid kit with some extra large bandaids or moleskin for blisters. Bring all your prescription medications, antacids, Ibuprofen, diphenhydramine (Benadryl), and hydrocortisone cream. Sun screen is a must.
Photo Equipment: Bring your camera because you will see breath taking beauty.Bring all the batteries and film that you will need. They are expensive to purchase in these areas.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Bring backpacks, flashlights, a camping stove, dehydrated food, camping dishes, pots and pans, (they have nice compact sets of these at sporting goods stores), sleeping bags, sleeping pads, a separate bag for food and trash, (this should be hung on bear poles or high in a tree), a lighter and a swiss army knife.Add to your Trip Planner
Weather changes often
Luggage and bags: We were there in Late May. The days were quite warm and the nights were cool. Be sure to pack enough to layer.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking boots are a great item to have with you, but if you're not a hiker, you can get away with a comfortable pair of walking shoes or sandals.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Don't forget the sunscreen. Even if it's cool, it's still sunny.Add to your Trip Planner
Luggage and bags: It depends on how you get there.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: You will need clothes for HOT days, and the nights can get very cool especially in the upper elevations. It can be 90 in Cody, and 50 in Yellowstone
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Insect repellant, sun screen
Photo Equipment: Telephoto lenses, 80mm is not enough to get a good shot of a bear, should one appear
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Hiking boots, warm coat, swimwear, lots of socks, your feet will get dampAdd to your Trip Planner
Luggage and bags: If your coming to Wyoming and planning on doing some hiking or backpacking be sure to bring the appropriate type of packs. The elevation in the Snowy Range varies from 8000 feet to over 13000 feet. So pack light but also pack appropriately for weather.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a warm jacket and pants as the weather can change very quickly in Wyoming. We have a saying that I'm sure most others do as well that 'If you don't like to weather, wait 5 minutes and it will change'.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: All the public toilets in the Snowy Range that have been set up by the Forest Service are outhouses. No running water here. They tend to smell quite a bit too. Just be quick and you'll be fine. :)
Photo Equipment: You're gonna want to take LOTS of pictures so bring tons of film.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: It can get quite cold at night so bring a good quality sleeping bag rated for the time of year. In the summer you would likely be okay with a bag rated to 20 degrees Farenheight. But in the winter, should choose to camp outdoors, you'll want a bag rated to well below zero.
Miscellaneous: Good walking shoes or boots are a must. Also be sure and bring along water and food.Add to your Trip Planner
Miscellaneous: This picture was taken in the middle of the summer. See how fast the weather can change. Come prepared.Add to your Trip Planner
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