National Park Packing Essentials

National Park Packing Essentials

Alex and I are headed off to Bryce Canyon tomorrow and as I started to pack I thought it might be helpful to share with you what my packing essentials are for any National Park or hiking trip we go on.

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National Park Packing Essentials
  1. Comfy Clothes: Comfort is king when you’re on the trails all day. Look for soft, breathable materials that will feel good to move in. I like to bring layers with me as I am 1) always cold and 2) elevation changes can have a major impact on temperatures. For Bryce I am packing these cozy green leggings and tank made in collaboration by Beyond Yoga and Parks Project. Bonus: each product supports conservancy projects in National Parks.
  2. Hiking Boots (not pictured): Depending on where you are hiking and the type of trails you will be on, trail sneakers may be enough but I highly suggest hiking boots if you have them or the budget to get a pair. Hiking boots are more durable than sneakers, provide good grip on trails, will help keep your feet dry, and will prevent injury. I got mine at REI (I think, its been years honestly). Sierra Trading Post tends to have great deals if you’re on a budget!
  3. Backpack: A good backpack is necessary to carry all of the below items and most importantly SNACKS. I got this Fjallraven backpack last year for a trip up to Washington State and love it! It’s not too big but holds everything I need for a day hike. I will caution that the side pockets are on the smaller side and don’t fit large wattle bottles.
  4. Sunscreen: If you’re outside all day, especially on open trails, sunscreen is a MUST. I like Bare Republic’s sunscreen because they are biodegradable and reef friendly, made without chemical additives, synthetic fragrances, or parabens, they protect your skin (UVA/UVB) and the environment.
  5. Water Bottle: This is common sense really but worth noting that the amount of water you bring with you should be in line with how many miles you’re hiking, how hot it is outside, how humid it is, etc. Better to be safe than sorry – always bring more than you think you need. And always bring it in a reusable bottle 😉 I love my Faucet Face bottles that I won in one of the first Instagram yoga challenges I participated in. Made of glass, these bottles feature fun designs on the side and donate a portion of all proceeds to clean drinking water charities.

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    Bryce Canyon at sunrise, illuminating all of the hoodoos. pc: BryceCanyon.org
  6. Journal: I like to bring a journal to jot down the hikes we did, any anecdotes, stories, or things to remember. This helps me to remember the trip more vividly and is always fun to look back on.
  7. Camera: I am SO excited to finally have a DSLR camera to bring with us on this trip. For former trips all photos were taken with my iPhone, which was completely fine, especially when a nicer camera wasn’t in the budget. Alex and I recently sprung for the Nikon 5300, which is a good, entry level DSLR camera for beginner photographers.
  8. Face wash: I wear very little makeup regularly and basically none while hiking (I always wear mascara because I feel like my eyes disappear without it). I like to keep my skin routine as simple and gentle as possible when traveling. Natura Culina is one of my favorite skin care brands; their products are paraben and sulfate free, non-toxic, and cruelty free. They have a chamomile face wash that does a great job cleansing the skin without drying it out. You can get 10% off your order with my code “julia”.
  9. Chapstick: I’ve forgotten these a few times and regretted it so much. Between the sun, being outside all day, and hiking, my lips need some TLC. I love the Hurraw chapstick. They are vegan, cruelty free, and super nourishing.
  10. Compass: This is either the most or least necessary of the list. Most likely you won’t need a compass at all and it’s just a fun add on to bring with you but JUST IN CASE, it never hurts to have one. Phone batteries die, compasses don’t. I think it is kind of fun to think about navigating with one of these too.

That’s it! Did I miss anything you always bring with you on your hiking trips?

What National Parks are you dying to visit?

lmk.

xo

Jules

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Beauty: Naturaculina: While I’ve been lucky enough to never suffer from severe acne, my skin has always been prone to breakouts, especially when I’m stressed. Since I started teaching hot yoga, my breakouts got more frequent and my skin in general wasn’t as clear. I fell into a vicious cycle of breakouts & cover-ups: the more I breakout, the more I feel the need to wear makeup, the more makeup I wear, the more clogged my pores get, the more clogged my pores get, the more I breakout….etc. etc. on and on it goes. All that to say, I felt the need to change up my skin routine and was looking for something that would both clear my breakouts and better my skin.

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Through the Southern Yogi (whose skin is always glowing) I found Naturaculina, an all natural skincare line. These products are AMAZING. All natural pure ingredients. No weird names that you can’t pronounce. Realness like jojoba oil, rosehip seed oil, tea tree oil, lavender, and manuka. I got the Botanical Skincare set which is created for acne prone skin but they also carry a moisturizing line for dry skin and an anti-aging line for all skin types. You can get the products in one offs or get the whole set. I opted for the set because having a skincare regimen is something I think is CRUCIAL. These products have seriously helped my skin so much already. Highly recommend!

Workouts: Aquavie: Aquavie may be the prettiest gym I’ve ever seen. I first heard about this place because on Saturday mornings they hold rooftop yoga classes, led by the wonderful Kendall Wood, another local San Diego yogi. To start from the top, Aquavie has a gorgeous rooftop pool, plenty of sun lounging chairs, a hot tub, some cardio machines in case you want a fresh air workout, and a jogging track that wraps around all of this. Go down a level and there are two beautiful yoga studio rooms and their cardio room filled with brand new machines, all equipped with personal TVs. I greatly appreciate this because I like to 1) catch up on instagram or 2) watch Food Network when I do cardio. If there aren’t classes going on, the studio rooms are open to practice which is such a perk.studio space at Aquavie

Beneath that, there’s the spa (services unfortunately not included, gotta draw the line somewhere), beautiful locker rooms, and a sauna if you want to get your steam on. The first floor has weights I believe although TBH I haven’t ventured there yet. Yoga is obviously a huge part of my fitness routine but I also really enjoy mixing in some cardio, get my heart pumping and all that good stuff.  If I’m going for cardio or looking for some rooftop yoga with views, Aquavie is the most aesthetically pleasing, beautifully equipped, spa-of-a-gym to get my sweat on.

Books: You Are a Badass: As one of my 26th year resolutions I wanted to read more books. I love a good book but its been something I have to remind myself to make space for otherwise I can go months without reading. I started off my 26th year cruising through 4 books, then fell off the wagon for the next 8 months. Yikes.

So with 2 months left, I have re-resolved (not a word, it’s fine) to get back on the wagon and read more. I started “You are a Badass: how to stop doubting your greatness and start living an awesome life,” by Jen Sincero. I’m only a third of the way through but so far am lovingggg it. Easy, fun, empowering read. Jen writes in a light hearted way that keeps it from getting too heavy while she addresses some major things, like the universe and God. She provides clear guidance on how to start tapping into your greatness and create the life that your truly want instead of leading the same old boring one, or the Big Snooze as she calls it. Full review to come when I finish reading, but so far this one’s a winner!

Life: Trip Planning: If you follow my instagram you know I’ve been feeling the itch to travel and am soliciting all and any travel suggestions! I love exploring new places and feel like its been far too long since I went somewhere new. My ability to travel as much as I want is limited by two things: vacation and money. In true Type-A personality fashion, I created a spreadsheet for both to figure out how many days I’ll be accruing and how much money I’ll be able to save up for various trips.

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Planning is KEY for traveling. The more you plan ahead of time, the more you are able to do and the less you have to worry about when you are actually traveling. On deck for the next couple of months: a trip to Seattle and Olympic National Park, a long weekend in Zion National Park, and a short trip to Joshua Tree. Big trips on deck for next year are a trip to London and Stockholm and maybe a trip to Bali.

 

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