What should I wear or bring to a national park?


Sturdy hiking shoes are a must. Many trails are rocky and may be muddy at times, so having a good pair of shoes is important. Long pants and a long-sleeved shirt will help protect you from the sun and pesky insects, while a rain jacket will keep you dry during unexpected downpours. Bringing a small daypack will allow you to throw in other important items, such as a camera, binoculars, sunscreen, insect repellent, maps, snacks, and a water bottle. Always bring water – there are no water fountains in the parks and it is very important to stay hydrated.