Yosemite National Park – Packing For the Ultimate Camping Trip

Recreation enthusiast the world over habitually root out delight in the backcountry of Yosemite National Park. This wedge taken from the Sierra Nevada includes over 800 miles of hiking and trekking trails. Surrounding every inch from trailhead to trail boundary, dramatic mountains undulate to steep valleys.

From the Yosemite Valley with its waterfalls to the Mariposa Grove with its antiquated sequoias, Yosemite National Park renders a feral country all of its own. If you’ve only got once chance to visit Yosemite, then make sure to properly pack for this ultimate camping holiday.

Depending on the kind of camping you’ll be doing-car, RV, campsites, backcountry, and so forth-you’ll want to pack appropriately. Because of the obstacles to hiking in Yosemite National Park, let’s assume you’ll be out blazing trails for at least a few days. Given this scenario, here’s some tips to packing for your ultimate Yosemite camping trip.

First and foremost, novice hikers will need to learn how to pack for camping. If you don’t mind pointy objects in your back, blisters around your shoulders, and an aching back and neck, then read no farther. However, packing de rigueur is a time-honored adeptness requiring years of trial and error. The former keeps you hopping strong; the latter keeps you hobbling to a stop.

No matter what camping equipment or camping gear you pack for camping, be sure to load your backpack with these three rules in mind: 1.) Keep heavier camping equipment between your shoulder blades, near the upper back. 2.) Place the lightest camping gear in the bottom of your pack. 3.) Keep camping supplies you need on a regular basis, binoculars, knife, small water canteens and so on, on the top. Use your compression straps to keep your backpack taut (more tall than broad). These aforementioned camp packing protocols will keep you strong and mobile for all Yosemite throws at you.

Now that you know where to situate all that camping gear [ you’ll need to know what to pack for camping. From the twenty-miler Alger Lake Trail to the fifty-eight-miler Benson Pass, your stay in the great Yosemite will be a long-talked-about highlight of your adventurous life. Follow these ultimate hints and conserve more room in your backpack.

*Hiking Boots: If you were to shed all your belongings, the last thing you’d ever want to give up are those trusted kicks. Though hiking au naturel is not recommended here, make sure that your boots are broken in at least a month before venturing to Yosemite.

*Camping Stove/Cookware: A stove and cookware gives you the power of sous- and executive-chef all in one. You’ll rise to coffee and sleep to hot cocoa. Plus, you can store clothes inside of it during the day.

*Camping Tent: Packing a tent properly is difficult. If there are two or more people in your group, make sure to split up the weight. If you’re trekking Yosemite National Park solo, then keep the tent out of its stuff sack. The best way to pack your tent is to stuff it into your backpack. This helps distribute the weight more evenly. Keep tent poles in the middle of your backpack, running along your spine.

* Sleeping mat: Roll, fold or stuff is often the big question here. One of the best ways to carry these needed but cumbersome essentials is to roll it tightly and tie it to the bottom of your backpack. If your sleeping mat is the blow-up version, then a PVC stuff sack (like the ones used for kayaking in Maine, for example) will keep scrapes, pokes and holes at bay.

*Hydration Pack: These water bags allow water to be stored not only on your back but in your backpack. Wrapping a white pillowcase or T-shirt, for example, will keep your water cooler longer if it’s out in the sun. Not to mention, the malleable sacks can be folded and stored after daily use-sometimes hard to do with a canteen.

write by Hebe