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Tips and Planning

Camping Gear and Equipment

If you are planning a camping trip, are you going to be car camping or backpacking? When is the last time you have checked your gear to make sure it's still intact? Unfortunate things can happen to your tents, backpacks, stoves and sleeping bags while they are being stored or even when you have packed them back up from your last vacation. Before any trip, plan ahead by checking all your gear long before you take your trip just in case anything needs to be replaced. Camping Gear and Equipment

Outdoor Gear Travel Tips

It's always difficult to plan out exactly what you are going to wear on a trip that involves the great outdoors. This is not the same as a city trip and you have to remember that are other factors to consider. Are you going to do any hiking? How long will those hikes be? What time of year are you planning on visiting these beautiful parks? What kind of park are you going to visit? You might think these questions are over-thinking your trip but the last think you want is to be stuck out on a 5 mile hike with either too much gear or not enough. Outdoor Gear Travel Tips

Hiking and Water

In warm months each hiker should carry and drink about a gallon (4 liters) of water per day. Watch your "ins and outs". Drink enough so that urine frequency, clarity, and volume are normal. You are not drinking enough water if your urine is dark, small in quantity, or non-existent in the course of a day's hiking. In addition, eating adequate amounts of food will help you replace the electrolytes (salts) that you are sweating. Hiking and Water

Traveling with Pets

Planning on Traveling with your pet(s)? Each park has its own regulations regarding pets within park boundaries. Restrictions on pets in parks are as much to protect your pet as to protect park resources. If you do plan to bring your pet with you on your trip, please abide by all the rules and keep your pet(s) safe! Traveling with Pets

Trailer and RV Length

Maximum lengths for trailers, campers and motor homes vary from park to park. The average maximum length permitted is 27 ft, but some parks can accommodate up to 40 feet in length. Some parks may have electrical hookups and dump stations. You should check with your favorite parks for their specific maximum lengths and available facilities so you won't be disappointed when you arrive. Trailer and RV Length

Camping and Lodging Travel Tips

No matter where you plan to stay if it is in a hotel/lodge or a campsite, you should always plan your trip in advance and book as early as possible. Lodges and campsites inside the parks book up very quickly while hotels outside the parks you have a little more time with in regards to planning. Busy parks such as Yellowstone, you should consider making your reservations several months in advance. Camping and Lodging Travel Tips

Guided Tours and Adventure Tours

There are many guided tour offerings in or near National Parks. They range from half day adventures to multiday adventures. You often do not need to make reservations for the half day to one day trips but it is advisable to go ahead and reserve if your plans are set. You never know how busy the park will be and if a short river rafting trip is on your mind for your adventure, you don't want to be unprepared. Guided Tours and Adventure Tours

Hiking Boots and Hiking Shoes Guide

It wasn't all that long ago when finding a comfortable pair of hiking boots wasn't a painful experience of breaking in boots while on the trail. Now, hiking boots come in a variety of lasts. What does that mean? Lasts are the foot shape that boots and shoes are constructed on. This means that with the variety of choices based on so many lasts, your chances of finding a boot that fits great are much better. Hiking Boots Guide and Hiking Shoes Guide

Safety Bracelet

This little bracelet is handy for more than cyclists and triathletes, hikers, backpackers and road warriors can also benefit from the RoadID. If something happens while on your outdoors adventure, family at home can more easily be informed. While we always hope no unfortunate accidents will occur during our vacations, you can't be sure. With this bracelet, medics can be alerted to allergies or instructions written by you. Pretty handy if you can't speak for yourself! RoadID

Having the Right Gear

One big thing to remember about hiking in National Parks is that the majority of visitors never go farther than 1 mile. So you can imagine how much quieter it can be if you just go the extra mile to enjoy what the park has to offer. Having the Right Gear