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Poll: What "extras" can't you live without when going to Yellowstone/GTNP?

Poll: What "extras" can't you live without when going to Yellowstone/GTNP?

Old Jan 30th, 2009, 06:31 AM
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Poll: What "extras" can't you live without when going to Yellowstone/GTNP?

We are planning our first trip to Yellowstone and would like to have every thing needed for the trip. What thing are you glad you took to Yellowstone last time or wouldn't do without on your next trip there?

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Old Jan 30th, 2009, 06:40 AM
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camera
other than clothes, that's about all we took
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Old Jan 30th, 2009, 06:54 AM
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A cooler stocked with sandwich fixings and drinks. Yellowstone is a great place to picnic.

Mosquito repellant! We visited in July a few years ago and the mosquitoes took a liking to me and my older son. We were covered with bites, but for some reason the mosquitoes ignored my husband and younger son.
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Old Jan 30th, 2009, 08:17 AM
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Adding to the list: sunscreen, and a lightweight hat with a wide brim.

You're going to love Yellowstone!
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Old Jan 30th, 2009, 08:28 AM
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Ditto on the cooler for sandwiches and drinks.

Binoculars

Layered clothes. Last time we were there it was 85 degrees the first two days and 35 and snowing the third day.
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Old Jan 30th, 2009, 08:37 AM
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A change of walking shoes, including sneakers and teva-type or other sandals. Ditto the cooler with water and snacks. AND binoculars.
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Old Jan 30th, 2009, 08:53 AM
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Is bear spray or a filtered water bottle needed for day hiking?
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Old Jan 30th, 2009, 10:20 AM
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If I may jump on this post....

Is mesh type sneakers good enough?

Say you weren't going to do much hiking, more like the walks around the paved trails, boardwalks only.

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Old Jan 30th, 2009, 05:48 PM
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Good question.

Also, what brand of waterproof lightweight jacket?
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Old Jan 30th, 2009, 06:12 PM
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Lightweight mesh sneaks are fine; if you stick to the marked trails and boardwalks, any comfortable shoe is fine.
Nylon rain jacket just in case, but (YNP is one of the most developed as far as people-friendly visiting goes; you can certainly go into the wilds, but you can also see an immense amount from a car. Just be prepared for viewing, photos, and the weather.)
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Old Jan 31st, 2009, 05:38 AM
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My husband was very happy he had a foldable fishing pole. We bought it at Walmart in Idaho City.
We also were glad we had beach towels and "water shoes" for the boiling river. There were some other rivers and lakes you could go in. We got the towels at Walmart, too.
I agree you want a cooler. (Walmart!)
Add flashlight to the list
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Old Feb 15th, 2009, 02:11 PM
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Cooler with drinks and lunch fixings - for sure!

Binoculars for spotting far-off wildlife like bears.

If you have kids, stop at the first visitor center and get the kid guide where they check off the various animals they see.
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Old Feb 15th, 2009, 02:39 PM
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"We also were glad we had beach towels and "water shoes" for the boiling river."

Don't forget the swimming suit since skinny dipping is no longer allowed.

As others have said bring binoculars. Buy the best pair you can afford. Also, a camera with long telephoto lens to get up close and personal shots.

If you are going off on the trails, bring some bear bells.

http://www.rei.com/product/721998

Finally, since we're from the wine country, some insulated wine totes so we can hike and have our wine too.

http://dukeofbourbon.com/gifts08.html#12

They also can hold bottles or cans of our favorite brews.

Have a great trip!
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Old Mar 1st, 2009, 08:30 PM
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It was very funny my last trip to Yellowstone last year, It was the first time in 14 years, I quit smoking for our 1 week long bechler backpacking trip, the best ever. I got back out and I planned on quitting drinking caffeinated soda, and I immediately bought a Diet something, I tried I should have bought some Diet Dew and brought it for our last week. we went to Jackson to resupply and very expensive ah what do you expect though. It was tourist season. I would bring deet, plenty of drinks, cooler, hat, sun screen, maybe some sun glasses if you are going in when there is still alot of snow, layered clothes, bear spray if you are staying in the back country. If you are just doing a long day hike make noise or carry bear bells on your walking stick.
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