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What to Bring on Vacation to West Yellowstone Montana

Great! You’ve booked your stay to the ClubHouse Inn West Yellowstone, and now you’re starting to plan your Yellowstone trip itinerary. Suddenly panic sets in as you realize you may not even know where to begin packing for your travels. No need to worry, we’ll go over everything you’ll need to be prepared for your Yellowstone adventures so that you don’t leave the essentials behind. Simple items you can get online for a reasonable price, such as bear spray before your trip saves you big money as they tend to be overpriced at the stores near Yellowstone. Here are some items to add to your “what to pack” list!


Binoculars and Camera

As you’ll be out on many outdoor Yellowstone adventures, you won’t be able to get as close as you’d like to the wildlife or scenery, which is why binoculars will come in extra handy. While in Hayden Valley or Lamar Valley, you’ll spot hundreds of bison; however, you don’t want to miss the opportunity to see a wolf trotting along or a bear up close! Your trip will be unparalleled to any other when it comes to scenic views, so bring your quality camera. If you don’t have a camera, bring along a car charger for your phone as you’ll want to be sure your phone is fully charged to capture the magic of Yellowstone!


Bear Spray and Bear Bell 

Having bear spray on you at all times is essential, and you’ll come to realize that upon arrival to West Yellowstone Montana. Don’t overpay for something you can get online for a reasonable price. As you’ll be walking a lot throughout your journey, it’s always a good idea to wear a bear bell to ward off any unwanted company! 


Extra Pair of Clothes for the Day and a Rain Jacket

While near the paint pots, geysers, and hot springs a less than lovely aroma will fill the air and may cling to your clothing which is why it’s great to be able to change throughout the day. The weather will transition from your morning Yellowstone adventures to the afternoon and once again in the late evening. You may spot snow on the ground early in the day needing many layers, and then in the afternoon be subject to immense heat wishing you had light breathable clothing. It’s a good idea to bring outfits that are great for all climates, including a hat and a pair of sunglasses. After a rainstorm, which is very likely in the summer months, the temperatures will drop quickly, and it’s best to be prepared for any weather.

Pro Tip: Changing into a fresh pair of socks in the middle of the day will do wonders for your feet!


Durable Walking Shoes

Walking shoes are a great option to have on your “what to bring” list; however, high traction shoes are necessary for safety reasons as you find yourself walking through slippery boardwalks at Yellowstone. Imagine walking on a slick surface after a rainstorm, or after the steam as settled on the boardwalks. While comfortable walking shoes are a great idea, opting for shoes with extra traction should be at the top of your list!


Cooler and Snacks

Some days you’ll find yourself in a car anywhere from four to seven hours depending on how much you’d like to see for the day. While there are gas stations to stop at, being prepared with a case of water and a variety of snacks on hand will keep everyone happy throughout your drive!

Pro Tip: Bring along a table cloth so you’re able to pull over for a picnic along the way.


West Yellowstone Montana: Hotels near Yellowstone

Yellowstone National Park is a natural wonderland for exploration, but you’ll want to be prepared for the Yellowstone adventures! The ClubHouse Inn is conveniently located to the west entrance and will provide an ideal stay for your trip. Start each morning with a fresh complimentary breakfast so that you’ll be able to start the morning with a good base! What are you waiting for? To view our Yellowstone accommodations, visit our lodging page online. Give our staff a call to book your family vacations to Yellowstone— 1-406-646-4892!