Family Packing for a Jackson Hole Vacation

What to Pack When Visiting Jackson Hole

Created on: 2020-08-06

Summer Edition

A Summer stay in the Jackson Hole area is a truly breathtaking, memorable and milestone experience, especially with the Tetons looming in the immediate background. Though Jackson Hole’s summer climate can be challenging to those unfamiliar, with the right garments and gear you can stay comfy and safe during your adventures.

Do you have everything you need to enjoy your wild-west-Wyoming vacation this summer? We understand that traveling comes with a lot of planning, packing, and preparing, so we’ve put our expertise to good use to make your journey to Jackson Hole as easy as putting on a cowboy hat.

Vacations Vary

Jackson Hole is full of activities, from historical attractions to adventurous activities. What to pack all depends on what you’re doing. If you are the adventurous type, you will need comfortable hiking boots or athletic shoes with solid traction. Although Jackson Hole is a laid-back town, we do have quite a few luxurious destinations for wining and dining, so if you plan on romantic dinners, nicer attire, such as slacks and button-down shirts, is encouraged. There is also a thriving arts scene, and chic shopping distinctly apart from the predictable tourist wares. Your best bet is to pack according to your itinerary, and be prepared to mix and match depending on specific days’ to-do lists.

If you seek to play golf, go horseback riding, or fly fishing, specific appropriate gear — fishing gear, riding boots, golf clubs, etc — for such activities is encouraged to bring, but can also be rented upon arrival. And if you are camping alone, maybe bring or buy bear spray, just in case.

Weather Wonders

In the west, the weather can change on a dime, and since altitude is involved, one must be prepared to add or lose layers. Since, we are talking summer, a hoodie and a windbreaker combo is the best option for hiking, so if you get hot you lose one and tie it around your waist.

Just as well, the nights are always cooler than midday. While you could be swimming or paddleboarding in a bathing suit during the afternoon, you may need pants and long sleeves for those cool Jackson Hole summer nights.

Traveling As A Family

Traveling as a group, especially with small children, provides its own unique set of challenges which leads to an evolved packing list. Jackson Hole is a giant outdoor, natural playground, and there are endless adventures to be had, therefore it might feel like a juggling act to pack appropriately for a family.

You know your family the best. Have trail games in your back pocket such as I Spy, a scavenger hunt, or silly brain games. Bring a spare set of clothes for your child in case they find themselves overly wet, muddy, and uncomfortable. A good idea is to give your little one a fun water bottle and a little backpack so they feel big, and thus more inclined to drink water and have more of a sense of ownership over their hiking experience. Give your older kids a whistle in case they get lost.

Jackson Hole is an ideal place to introduce kids to the American West. Like most western locales, activities can be up to an hour or two apart. From star gazing to catching a glimpse of wildlife, keep your kids excited and dressed accordingly, because days are long and fun in Jackson Hole and you never know when you may pass by an unplanned attraction, a cowboy or cowgirl, and feel the urge to seize the opportunity to experience it.

Peak Packing & Required Attire

Undoubtedly you’re going to have the trip of a lifetime and make long lasting memories. Below is a list of items that are integral to your Jackson Hole journey, barring some exceptions to your specific plans. No one likes to over pack, especially when you will most likely be adding souvenirs along the way, therefore we must reiterate that packing depends on your itinerary, but also leaving room for adaption. And don’t forget your cellphone charger.

  • T-shirts
  • Jeans
  • Shorts
  • Sweatshirt/Hoodie
  • Variety of socks
  • Hiking boots
  • Tennis shoes
  • Swimsuit
  • Secure sandals
  • Wind/Rain jacket
  • Hat(s)
  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Band-aids
  • Camera
  • Beach Towel
  • Small cooler
  • Water bottle
  • Snacks