What To Pack For Your Yosemite National Park Vacation

What To Pack For Your Yosemite National Park Vacation

We wanted our first visit to a US National Park to be amazing and memorable, that’s why, we totally prepared for it.  Yosemite National Park has been for a long time a dream place to visit.  With all its wonderful waterfalls, green meadows, gigantic granite mountains, and wildlife, it is surely on everyone’s bucket list.  Aside from knowing which transportation, accommodations, and tours to get, knowing what things to pack is also very essential.  

Yosemite National Park can be visited all throughout the year and each season offers something different to its visitors.  Waterfalls are roaring during late spring and early summer, while, mountains are magnificently covered in snow during winter that makes for an amazing photo opportunities.  Accommodations should be booked months in advance.  If camping, reservations come on a first-come first-served basis.  Though, you can always go on a day trip in Yosemite, it is ideal to stay at the park for at least three days.  The longer the stay, the better the appreciation of the place you’ll get.  After all, it is one of the most picturesque places in the whole United States.

Read:  Mist Trail Hike in Yosemite

We went to Yosemite last week of May, a week after Memorial weekend.  The weather was perfect for hiking, sunny in the morning and still cold at night.  After making sure that the itinerary was all planned out, hiking thoroughly researched and accommodations booked, we’ve made a check list of what we needed to bring.

Today we list down the essentials and the things you should pack when visiting Yosemite National Park.  We may have arrived during late spring/early summer, but, these things are important all throughout the year.


What to Pack for Yosemite National Park Vacation


  1. Water

In Yosemite, you’ll do lots of walking and hiking.  To prevent you from being dehydrated and exhausted, water is definitely important.  No matter how experienced you are as a hiker, water is still necessary.

  1. Hiking Shoes

Granite steps, especially when the waterfall are in its full power, can be very slippery.  Good shoes with good traction is definitely a must to prevent you from slipping.  Wear a broken in hiking shoes that is light and waterproof.  Invest on it and you’ll thank yourself later.

  1. Hiking Pole

I found having hiking poles when hiking very useful.  It helps me balance and can help take away some weight from my knees, especially if going down the steps.  It’s cheap and small and can easily fit on your backpack.

  1. Flashlight/Headlamp

This is the wilderness and light posts are not really popular.  During the night, it can get really dark and having a flashlight can help you find your way.  During our visit in Yosemite, it has helped us tremendously.  It was really dark.

  1. Trail Mix/Snacks

Aside from being thirsty, being hungry is also the least you would like to feel when hiking.  Pack some trail mix, granola bar, healthy sandwiches, or even a bar a chocolate wherever you hike to help you recharged.

  1. Poncho

Mist trail is the most popular day hike in Yosemite, so, naturally you’ll do it.  During spring and early summer, the Vernal Fall is eye-popping and you will get shower wet.  The mist from the fall is so strong that having a poncho, if you want to stay dry, is a must.

Read:  Three-Day Yosemite Tour Itinerary

  1. Sunscreen

Protect your skin from a direct sun exposure by applying sunscreen.  Take care of your skin when your young, so, no regrets growing old.

  1. Sunglass/Cap

Together with sunscreen, sunglasses and cap can also help from sun exposure.  Remember that when hiking, you’ll have a massive gain in elevation, so it can get hot naturally.

  1. First Aid Kit

Having a first aid kit and knowing first aid can save people.  We are entering the wilderness, so we aren’t sure what’s going to happen.  It is better to be ready than be sorry.

  1. Camera/Go Pro/DSLR

As if anyone needs reminding in bringing a camera when vacationing, it is still worth a mention.  In Yosemite, you’ll take lots of pictures, lots of it.  Pictures do not do justice to its beauty, but, you still need it for memory.  Also, as they say, “Picture or it never happened.”

  1. Whistle

When the time comes, you’ll know when to use it.  And you’ll be glad to have it.

  1. Mosquito Repellant

Summer in Yosemite is not a summer in Yosemite without mosquitos.  The place is quite infamous for that.  So, if you do not want to be a buffet, bring mosquito repellant and you’ll be fine.

  1. Jacket/Sweater/Layers

Even during summer, nights can be chilly and cold.  Having a jacket is a must to armor yourself from the cold.

  1. Power Bank

We’ve stayed at Half Dome Village at an unheated tent cabin during our stay and there was no power socket or plug.  When we needed to charge our phones and camera, we needed to go to the lounge to charge.  And since it is sure you’ll be taking lots of picture, bring it when you go outside.

  1. Lock

There are always bear lockers around the park without locks.  If you want to store something valuable, like, perfume, lock the bear locker.

These are only fifteen things you need to pack when visiting Yosemite and it is not restricted.  Bring anything you think may be important.  No worries.  If there is one thing you shouldn’t ever bring in Yosemite is bear spray.  It is prohibited and unnecessary.

So what are you waiting for?  Pack you things and visit the beauty that is Yosemite.  Pin this post!

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Carlo has started working in Macau in 2007 and two years after, he met his destined-to-be wife, Lorna and they started exploring the world. Together.


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