The 18-Piece Wardrobe a Travel Editor Packs for a Summer Hiking Trip

The stakes are high when packing for a hiking trip: Temperatures wildly fluctuate in national parks, and it can be hard to buy supplies if you forget to bring essentials like a fleece, bear spray, or thermal hiking socks. I learned this lesson the hard way during a recent trip to Yellowstone National Park and Grand Teton National Park. The hot daytime forecast was misleading, full-day hikes called for lots of pre-packed food and drink supplies, and bug spray was a must. 

Back from my five-day hiking trip, I've re-edited my packing list to include the items I repeatedly used and the products I wish I'd remembered to pack. Given the diverse landscape—Yellowstone and Grand Teton activities span boiling hot geysers, high-altitude hikes, and white water rafting—you'll be tempted to overpack, but it's possible to travel with just a weekender bag. Here's the 18-piece capsule wardrobe to follow for a stress-free summer hiking trip. 

Sophie Miura


Yellowstone National Park Packing List
Nike Sportswear Cap
Nike Sportswear Cap $22

Very few of the main attractions in Yellowstone National Park are undercover, so a cap is essential to keep your face shielded from the strong sun. 

S'well Teakwood 25oz. Bottle
S'well Teakwood 25oz. Bottle $45

Pack two refillable waterbottles—you'll need both if you plan to go on a full-day hike. S'Well is ideal because it keeps water ice-cold, even when the temperature soars. 

Longchamp 'Le Pliage' Backpack - Blue
Longchamp 'Le Pliage' Backpack $125

This is my go-to travel backpack—It's lightweight, made from water-resistant fabric, and rolls up flat in my luggage when not in use.

Paravel Main Line Duffel Leather-trimmed Printed Canvas Weekend Bag
Paravel Main Line Duffel Leather-trimmed Printed Canvas Weekend Bag $385

Paravel's duffel is the perfect size for a two- to five-day trip. I use packing cubes to organize clothing inside. 

Ray-Ban Unisex Mirrored Round Sunglasses, 48mm
Ray-Ban Mirrored Round Sunglasses $178

These lightweight sunglasses fit under a cap. 

APL Techloom Phantom 3d Mesh Sneakers
APL: Athletic Propulsion Labs Techloom Phantom 3d Mesh Sneakers $275 $138

Most of the attractions in Yellowstone have boardwalks and require little walking, so you can get away with a pair of sneakers. 

Asolo Tribe Hiking Boots $205

Hiking boots are a must if you plan to tackle one of Grand Teton National Park's scenic trails. Many have steep climbs and loose, rocky terrain.

Smartwool hD Outdoor Light Mid Crew Socks $10

Pack hiking socks that let your feet breath and wick sweat away. It's also worth bringing a few bandages if you're wearing new hiking boots or sneakers. 


Grand Teton National Park
Under Armour Mixed Media Woven Bomber
Under Armour Mixed Media Woven Bomber $97

This Under Armour bomber came in handy for early morning walks and nighttime activities, when the midsummer temperature dropped to 45 degrees.

Alala Score Seamless Bra
Alala Score Seamless Bra $65

This Alala crop offers light support and pairs well with high-waisted leggings.

AYR The Scoopercool
AYR The Scoopercool $65

Bring a loose T-shirt that can be worn after hiking and to the airport. 

Nike Power
Nike Power $100

It was too hot to wear full-length leggings during the day, so I opted for Nike capris. 

Outdoor Voices Hudson Shorts
Outdoor Voices Hudson Shorts $55

Opt for breathable shorts when exploring the Yellowstone geysers, which emit boiling steam. 

J.Crew Demi underwire bikini top in oversized matte gingham
J.Crew Demi Underwire Bikini Top in Oversized Matte Gingham $58

Both national parks have rapids and lakes. Pack a swimsuit to go whitewater rafting or stand up paddleboarding. 


Grand Teton National Park Packing List
My Recess Deodarent Wipes
My Recess Deodarent Wipes $26

Leave your spray deodorant at home and pack these wipes instead. They're ideal for long flights and hiking. 

Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
Supergoop Unseen Sunscreen Broad Spectrum Spf 40 $32

This clear face sunscreen feels like a primer. 

Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50
Sun Bum Sunscreen Lotion SPF 50 $16

Decant sunscreen into a refillable travel-size container. 

Repel Sportsmen Mosquito Repellent Wipes
Repel Sportsmen Mosquito Repellent Wipes $3

Whatever you do, don't forget the bug spray. Avoid having your aerosol can get confiscated at the airport and opt for these mosquito wipes instead. 

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