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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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