What to Bring

Your Yosemite packing list

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There are a few essentials that make for a more enjoyable Yosemite getaway, and your needs will vary depending on how adventurous you would like to be when you’re here.  Whenever you are on a road trip through the great outdoors it’s good to carry plenty of drinking water and snacks and keep your gas tank topped off for those long stretches of scenic roads. Items including backpacks, trekking poles, bicycles, snowshoes and more are available at the Recreation Desk. In case you forget something, don’t worry.  We’ve done our best to anticipate your needs with a variety of items available at our General Store.

The Essentials

  • Backpack or waist pack
  • Proper footwear - think comfort and versatility
  • Layered clothing - rain jacket, light jacket
  • Swimwear and towel
  • Sunscreen, hat and sunglasses
  • Bug repellent
  • Camera


    • Lunch and snacks from our General Store
    • 3 liter water bottle or reservoir
    • Proper footwear – hiking boots or hiking sandals
    • A flashlight or headlamp
    • Map
    • Trekking poles- available for rent at the Recreation Desk
    • Sierra Nevada Field Guide
    • First Aid Kit

      Fall & Winter

      • Waterproof shoes
      • Warm coat
      • Warm hat and gloves
      • Wool socks - we suggest Merino Wool, be sure to pack extra
      • Snowshoes - available for rent at the Recreation Desk