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What to pack on your national park vacation

Since the start of the pandemic, more people have been visiting national parks than ever, per the National Park Service. With winter slowly creeping into spring, expect popular destinations such as Blue Ridge Parkway, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Golden Gate National Recreation Area, Gateway National Recreation Area, Zion, Yellowstone, Grand Canyon, Gulf Islands National Seashore and Acadia to start filling up fast.

Getting ready for your next adventure might take a little more planning than other types of trips, especially if you are camping out or going on full-day excursions. And, like all outdoor trips, you have the added layer of unpredictable weather to deal with, so you need to be prepared for all of it. If you are one of the millions of Americans planning to vacation at a national park this year, start checking items off your packing list now. We've compiled a list of essentials to consider before embarking on your next national park adventure.

Sawyer Micro Squeeze Water Filter System

Easily filter freshwater, from lakes, streams and creeks, into drinkable water with the help of this compact water filtration system from Sawyer. It attaches to the included drinking pouch or standard water bottles and hydration packs, and comes with everything needed to remove bacteria, no batteries or chemicals needed.

Leah Groth gives great tips for what to park on your next national park vacation, read the full article here.


May 8, 2022

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Fresh drinking water is essential. This water filtration system ensures you will never run out as long as there is a nearby natural water source. It can filter out bacteria, protozoa and microplastics.

Allen Foster


Faster and more efficient than pumping or waiting for chemical treatments, the Sawyer Squeeze System offers on-the-go hydration at a good flow. This product is long-lasting, affordable, reliable, cleanable, and very user-friendly.

Alan Dixon


But Sawyer was way ahead of me — 15 years ahead, to be precise. In 2008, the brand started its Clean Water for All initiative, which provides Sawyer filters to developing countries around the world. And the company spends 90% of its profits funding it.

Shauna Farnell