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

Updated 07/13/18

The stakes are high when  for a : 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  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. 

Summer Hiking Packing List—Sophie Miura


Yellowstone National Park Packing List
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. 

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. 

'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.

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. 

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 $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 $65

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

AYR The Scoopercool $65

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

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 $55

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

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 $26

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

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

This clear face sunscreen feels like a primer. 

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

Decant sunscreen into a refillable travel-size container. 

Repel Sportsmen Mosquito Repellent Wipes $3

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

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