Yosemite National Park is the perfect hiking destination! Here’s a list of what I packed (and what I wish I would have packed) for my hiking adventure!
I just returned from an epic hiking adventure in Yosemite National Park! I’ll share more about the trip as soon as I edit all the photos I took, but in the meantime I wanted to share my packing list (and what I wish I would have packed).
Each hiking adventure the fiancé and I have is another learning experience. I was really happy with all the gear that I packed on this trip, and there were a few things I should have taken.
Here’s a look…
I wore these shorts during our 14 mile hike toward Half Dome and the next day on a few shorter hikes, and they were perfect. These shorts are extremely comfortable, were the perfect length and looked flattering.
I also bought the Athleta Trekkie Jogger 2.0, but it was too hot to wear pants. The joggers will be perfect for our next Colorado hiking adventure though.
I actually bought this in the Yosemite outdoor store after our first day of hiking. I didn’t have nearly enough water for our long hike, and was extremely dehydrated in the hot temperatures.
This is an absolute must!
Before this trip, I only had trail running shoes. I knew we were going on some longer hikes, and hiking boots would be a more supportive option. I ordered these hiking boots online mostly because they came in hot pink and had good reviews.
They ended up being perfect. After two days of hiking, I didn’t have any blisters.
*I did break them in before the trip and I wore lightweight wool hiking socks during our hikes.
I took this 20 liter backpack to store my water reservoir, snacks, lunch, sunscreen, extra water bottle, phone and camera during our hikes. It was the perfect size and comfortable.
Minerals & Antioxidants Powder (electrolyte replacement drink)
In my hiking backpack, I stored a bottle of water with Minerals & Antioxidants to-go packets. The powder contains organic coconut water, which provides natural electrolytes.
This ended up being absolutely necessary with the hot temperatures in California.
I drank a bottle of water with the Minerals & Antioxidant powder before we left each morning, then carried a bottle with me during our hikes.
Taking my “big” camera was a must for me. The views at Yosemite were absolutely gorgeous, and I’m so glad I got to capture them with my Canon. The photos turned out beautifully.
I love this sunscreen because it’s made without toxic ingredients. I will admit that I didn’t reapply often enough and my face – especially at my hairline – got burned.
This sunscreen is 80-minute water resistant, and I was sweating buckets during our hikes. I should have reapplied every time we stopped for breaks.
I wore my FitBit during our hikes so that I could see how far we hiked. On our first day of hiking, I took over 40,000 steps!
Other Things I Packed…
- Clif Nut Butter Filled Bars
- Trail Mix
- Head Lamp
- Light tank tops
- Flannel shirt
- Extra water bottle
- Pain reliever
- Resealable plastic bag for trash
- Rain jacket
- Lip balm with SPF
What I Wish I Would Have Packed…
- A Hat
- FitBit Charge 2 Sport Band
- Trekking poles
- Water filter treatment system
- Towel or wet wipes
- Energy gel
- Hand sanitizer
- Toilet paper or tissues
- Pan Away Essential Oil (for sore muscles and joints after hiking)
I can’t wait to share more about this trip. Yosemite is such a magical place!
Have you been to Yosemite National Park? What were some of your packing essentials?