It’s easy to get overly excited when deciding on a national park trip that you forget to pack the essentials. I’m not saying you need to create a monster bag on top of your back that carries every item that you so genuinely care about but you should remember these top five essential for your trip to go as smoothly as possible.
The most dangerous thing that can happen is you get lost with no way of communication. Unfortunately, it’s hard to reach service when you’re hiking or wandering around national parks, blessing and a curse, so you should know where you are.
Whether it be a particular map that you’ve went over prior or marked up or even a ranger that is guiding you majority of the way, make sure that you have some sort of device or paper that will help you tour your way around.
As important as visuals and enjoying the scenery may be, you should definitely be using a camera to capture such beautiful moments. Everyone can google image search a particular place, but there is nothing like your own personal pictures that depict that exact moment in time.
You probably want to bring a legit camera instead of using your iPhone, so you’re able to fully capture all of the colors and images that are seen.
3. First-Aid Kit:
You can never be too prepared when it comes to safety so make sure you have the essentials when it comes to first aid. Depending on the weather or how clumsy you are as a person, it’s important to have spare bandaids, Neosporin, ibuprofen and even an elastic bandage incase something is sprained.
Hopefully, there will be no need to use this item, but it’s better safe than sorry, and things are bound to happen if you’re on a full day journey in the wilderness.
This is definitely one of the most important because being able to endure the journey without blisters and swollen feet will help the experience overall. If you’re planning on doing a hike or even just a casual walk through the parks, make sure you’re wearing the most comfortable and practical pair of shoes that you own, even packing a spare pair depending on how long your trip is.
Everyone gets hungry, especially when you’re walking countless miles through charted territory. Even if you only planned on being out for a couple of hours right after lunch, you should still have granola bars or fruit on hand incase you work up an appetite.
It’s important to stay hydrated and keep your energy level up so you can make rational decisions throughout the day.
Being unprepared during an adventure, especially in a special place as a national park can damper the entire experience. Make sure you go prepared so that you don’t have to worry about what you didn’t bring and can focus your energy on the view and journey itself.
Check out the video below if you want to learn more about what to pack when going on a national park trip!