5 Things You Need To Know About Camping In Yellowstone

camping in yellowstone guideThis month with my family I spent five nights camping in one of my favorite national parks – Yellowstone! I had an amazing time and cannot wait to share all of the images I was able to capture of the wildlife there! Until then, here are a few tips for anyone who is planning a trip to Yellowstone.

IMG_4959-for-the-web1. Pack Rain Gear & Lots of Layers

The days of your trip may be predicted as sunny and cloudless; however, it is wise to pack layers and rain gear when staying in Yellowstone. Rain storms will often blow in during the evening, last all night, and stay till early afternoon. Hence, wet weather clothing is essential.

Alternatively, layers works well for when the weather turns warm. Even if the forecast is calling for rain storms and hail all day, often the moisture will burn off. You do not want to be roasting in a sweater. Yellowstone weather is unpredictable, so definitely come prepared!

2. Do NOT Dig A Trench Around Your Tent

Some Yellowstone campsites have a box border filled with rocks for your tent to sit on, while others provide nothing but the ground. We camped at two different parts of the park during our stay and experienced both. For the latter type of campsite, a lot of people recommend bringing a shovel and digging a trench around your tent to funnel away water when it rains. This is very effective; however, you should not do so in Yellowstone as it is not permitted and can land you with a very nice fine. Thus, I would try to secure a campsite that is either on a slope or has a rock filled box (like Madison campgrounds).

tents3. Put blankets On Top of Your Mattress

No matter how many warm layers of clothing you are wearing, you do not want to lay straight down on your air mattress and just throw a blanket over yourself. Why? You will wake up soaked. Since it is usually cold in Yellowstone at night, your body heat will cause condensation on your mattress leaving you wet and freezing in the morning. Of course, you won’t be wet if you sleep in a good mummy bag. However, I HATE mummy bags and refuse to use them. ↓

Mummy bags may have gotten their name because they make you resemble a wrapped up mummy, but they live up to the first word as well. They truly feel like death bags. They make you feel so claustrophobic, AND, when you try to change sleeping positions, you end up in a tangled mess. You’re like a caterpillar that has been twisted multiple times. Not. A. Good. Night. Sleep.

If you get claustrophobic as well, then I would recommend you ditch the mummy bag ???? No matter what you choose to sleep in, though, you are still going to want to put a blanket down first. Even if you don’t get wet inside your bag, your sleeping bag will slide around on the wet mattress if it gets very cold at night. Trust me, it happens.

I like laying a polar fleece blanket on top of the mattress and then sleeping in a giant, goose down sleeping bag.

yellowstone4. Bring A Tarp to Block The Wind

Some nights in Yellowstone are very windy which can make for an unpleasant night sleep. You can cut back on the impact the wind has on your tent, though, if you bring an extra tarp (and rope!) and secure it at whatever angle will block the wind from your tent. Most of the sites have lots of trees, so this is a pretty simple, but effective, way to fight the elements.

5. Keep Bear Spray On You

Bears have been known to walk through the campsites. In general, they are not going to come near you or try to harm you. However, I definitely recommend keeping bear spray on you at all times and not just when you are hiking – especially if you are going to be going on a midnight walk to the bathroom! It is always better to be safe than sorry 🙂

I saw quite a few of people at the park who could have benefitted from these tips, so I hope this post is helpful to you 🙂

Have you ever been to Yellowstone? If so, did you go camping? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

xo, mikéla

5 Things You Need To Know About Camping In Yellowstone

camping in yellowstone guideThis month with my family I spent five nights camping in one of my favorite national parks – Yellowstone! I had an amazing time and cannot wait to share all of the images I was able to capture of the wildlife there! Until then, here are a few tips for anyone who is planning a trip to Yellowstone.

IMG_4959-for-the-web1. Pack Rain Gear & Lots of Layers

The days of your trip may be predicted as sunny and cloudless; however, it is wise to pack layers and rain gear when staying in Yellowstone. Rain storms will often blow in during the evening, last all night, and stay till early afternoon. Hence, wet weather clothing is essential.

Alternatively, layers works well for when the weather turns warm. Even if the forecast is calling for rain storms and hail all day, often the moisture will burn off. You do not want to be roasting in a sweater. Yellowstone weather is unpredictable, so definitely come prepared!

2. Do NOT Dig A Trench Around Your Tent

Some Yellowstone campsites have a box border filled with rocks for your tent to sit on, while others provide nothing but the ground. We camped at two different parts of the park during our stay and experienced both. For the latter type of campsite, a lot of people recommend bringing a shovel and digging a trench around your tent to funnel away water when it rains. This is very effective; however, you should not do so in Yellowstone as it is not permitted and can land you with a very nice fine. Thus, I would try to secure a campsite that is either on a slope or has a rock filled box (like Madison campgrounds).

tents3. Put blankets On Top of Your Mattress

No matter how many warm layers of clothing you are wearing, you do not want to lay straight down on your air mattress and just throw a blanket over yourself. Why? You will wake up soaked. Since it is usually cold in Yellowstone at night, your body heat will cause condensation on your mattress leaving you wet and freezing in the morning. Of course, you won’t be wet if you sleep in a good mummy bag. However, I HATE mummy bags and refuse to use them. ↓

Mummy bags may have gotten their name because they make you resemble a wrapped up mummy, but they live up to the first word as well. They truly feel like death bags. They make you feel so claustrophobic, AND, when you try to change sleeping positions, you end up in a tangled mess. You’re like a caterpillar that has been twisted multiple times. Not. A. Good. Night. Sleep.

If you get claustrophobic as well, then I would recommend you ditch the mummy bag ???? No matter what you choose to sleep in, though, you are still going to want to put a blanket down first. Even if you don’t get wet inside your bag, your sleeping bag will slide around on the wet mattress if it gets very cold at night. Trust me, it happens.

I like laying a polar fleece blanket on top of the mattress and then sleeping in a giant, goose down sleeping bag.

yellowstone4. Bring A Tarp to Block The Wind

Some nights in Yellowstone are very windy which can make for an unpleasant night sleep. You can cut back on the impact the wind has on your tent, though, if you bring an extra tarp (and rope!) and secure it at whatever angle will block the wind from your tent. Most of the sites have lots of trees, so this is a pretty simple, but effective, way to fight the elements.

5. Keep Bear Spray On You

Bears have been known to walk through the campsites. In general, they are not going to come near you or try to harm you. However, I definitely recommend keeping bear spray on you at all times and not just when you are hiking – especially if you are going to be going on a midnight walk to the bathroom! It is always better to be safe than sorry 🙂

I saw quite a few of people at the park who could have benefitted from these tips, so I hope this post is helpful to you 🙂

Have you ever been to Yellowstone? If so, did you go camping? What did you think? Let me know in the comments!

xo, mikéla

  1. Pam

    June 27th, 2016 at 8:20 am

    I’ve never been camping and I’ve got to say, from reading this I don’t think I will be trying it any time soon. I’m not much of a outside kinda person :p
    Pam xo/ Pam Scalfi♥

  2. Davelyn

    June 27th, 2016 at 8:32 am

    Haha 😛 You Should try it at least once 😉 Not all places get so wet at night! Yellowstone is just at a higher elevation and in the mountains. You could always go glamping, though! That is always fun 🙂

  3. Renee

    June 27th, 2016 at 9:43 am

    This makes me want to go camping so bad! Can’t wait to see all your photos from the trip!

    Renee | Life After Lux

  4. Davelyn

    June 27th, 2016 at 10:13 am

    Can’t wait to show you! 😉

  5. Amy Arnold

    June 27th, 2016 at 12:00 pm

    Looks amazing! Thanks for the info.

    Amy Ann
    Straight A Style

  6. Davelyn

    June 27th, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    Thanks!

  7. Aleksandra

    June 27th, 2016 at 12:03 pm

    It looks so peaceful! Truly jealous 🙂

  8. Davelyn

    June 27th, 2016 at 2:36 pm

    It was 🙂

  9. krisztinawilliams

    June 27th, 2016 at 2:26 pm

    Good tips to know. I’ve never been there but would love to someday. Beautiful pics!!

    ~Krisztina Williams
    http://www.krisztinawilliams.com

  10. Davelyn

    June 27th, 2016 at 2:37 pm

    Thank you!

  11. kclairethrush

    June 27th, 2016 at 2:55 pm

    I love your helpful tips! And of course Yellowstone. I’m not the best camper, but I can’t even imagine all the gorgeous photo opportunities you got while camping 🙂

    Kelsey | http://www.abalancingpeach.com

  12. Davelyn

    June 27th, 2016 at 5:59 pm

    I definitely do prefer glamping (who doesn’t?? 😉 ), but it was so worth all of the photo opportunities.

  13. Shannon Jenkins

    June 27th, 2016 at 6:05 pm

    I went to yellowstone when I was younger and I have been dying to go back! Its so breathtaking! Such great tips!

    <3 Shannon
    Upbeat Soles

  14. Davelyn

    June 28th, 2016 at 9:48 am

    Thanks! Hope you can go soon!

  15. Akino

    June 27th, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    I’m almost certain that I won’t be camping there anytime soon because I live in Canada and am very inexperienced at camping, but the photos in this post are absolutely stunning! The tips are great too, I’ll definitely reference this if I ever go camping again 🙂

    Akino | akinokiki.blogspot.ca

  16. Davelyn

    June 28th, 2016 at 9:49 am

    Thank you Akino! 🙂

  17. leah

    June 27th, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    These are great tips!! Absolutely love your blog and photos!

    xx Leah / http://www.eatpraywearlove.com

  18. Davelyn

    June 28th, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Oh I’m so glad! I love yours too 😉

  19. Emily

    June 27th, 2016 at 9:25 pm

    So jealous you were at Yellowstone, I’ve been wanting to go for so long!!

    xoxo Emily
    https://www.ditchtheheels.com

  20. Davelyn

    June 28th, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I hope you are able to take a trip there soon! You will love it! xox

  21. laurajaneatelier

    June 27th, 2016 at 10:45 pm

    How fun, I would love to go camping there
    xo
    http://www.laurajaneatelier.com

  22. Davelyn

    June 28th, 2016 at 9:52 am

    I hope you get to! 🙂 xo

  23. monica Sors

    June 28th, 2016 at 1:29 am

    Good memories of this lovely place 😉
    xx
    Mónica Sors
    MES VOYAGES À PARIS
    NEW POST: DENIM + DENIM

  24. Davelyn

    June 28th, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Oh I’m so glad 🙂

  25. Rebecca

    June 28th, 2016 at 4:30 am

    Thanks for the tips – Yellowstone has always been on our family list!!!

    Rebecca
    http://www.redtagchiclosangeles.com

  26. Davelyn

    June 28th, 2016 at 10:31 am

    Thanks for reading!

  27. Ela

    June 28th, 2016 at 5:48 am

    I didn’t know that there’s such thing as a bear spray, I wonder if it is effective 🙂 Agree with putting blanket on top of the mattress, even when it is warm your body will get cold when you sleep on it, I learnt it the hard way ha ha 🙂 x

    Ela BellaWorld

  28. Davelyn

    June 28th, 2016 at 9:55 am

    I have, luckily, never had to use it; however, they say it is very effective. Although, lets be honest – I’d probably end up spraying it in my own eyes by accident haha 😉

    Isn’t that the worst?!

  29. Tamara

    June 28th, 2016 at 8:02 am

    I’m not a big fan of camping but this post really made me wanna go camping! Amazing pictures!

    XoXo,

    Tamara – LoveofMode.com

  30. Davelyn

    June 28th, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Thank you Tamara! xo

  31. Ashley

    June 28th, 2016 at 9:06 am

    Bear spray FOR SURE. Loving the tips, lady- and the shots are gorgeous!

    -Ashley
    http://lestylorouge.com/

  32. Davelyn

    June 28th, 2016 at 9:57 am

    Haha OH YES 😉 Thank you!

  33. Marette Flora (@maretteflora)

    June 28th, 2016 at 9:29 am

    I am dying to go there! Thanks for the tips!

  34. Davelyn

    June 28th, 2016 at 9:57 am

    I hope you get to go soon 🙂 Thanks for reading!

  35. mydebeauvoirdiaries

    June 29th, 2016 at 12:55 am

    Thanks for this tips. I’d love to go there!

    X Hayley
    http://mydebeauvoirdiaries.com/my-instagram-outfits/

  36. Davelyn

    June 30th, 2016 at 9:24 am

    Thanks for reading!

  37. Paula (@Paulaa13t)

    June 29th, 2016 at 4:32 am

    I’ve never been to Yellowstone, but my husband and I have been talking about going there for ages! Thank you for sharing these tips, your photos look stunning!

    Paula
    Thirteen Thoughts

  38. Davelyn

    June 30th, 2016 at 9:25 am

    Thanks Paula! And I hope you get to vacation there soon – you’ll love it!

  39. Rach

    June 30th, 2016 at 4:01 am

    I’ve never been to Yellowstone, so these are good to know especially #3. Super helpful!

    http://www.rdsobsessions.com

  40. Davelyn

    June 30th, 2016 at 9:26 am

    Oh I’m so glad! xx

  41. Jennifer

    June 30th, 2016 at 6:38 pm

    I’ve never been to Yellowstone but it seems lovely! So jealous you got to go. I haven’t done a true camping trip in some time.

    The Golden Days | http://herestothegoldendays.blogspot.com

  42. Davelyn

    July 1st, 2016 at 7:18 am

    It was so lovely! I hope you can go camping soon 🙂

  43. Jeanne

    June 30th, 2016 at 8:27 pm

    Thanks for sharing these tips Mikéla! Must be a wonderful experience!
    ♥☻♥☻♥
    Jeanne
    http://fashionmusingsdiary.com

  44. Davelyn

    July 1st, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Thanks for reading! xo

  45. Trang Do

    July 1st, 2016 at 12:32 am

    Looks amazing! Thanks for your tips!!
    Xoxo,
    Love from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  46. Davelyn

    July 1st, 2016 at 7:19 am

    Thanks for stopping by! xox

  47. Carina

    July 1st, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    I have never been camping, but I think it would be a lot of fun! Awesome tips!

    xo
    http://www.carinavardie.com

  48. Davelyn

    July 1st, 2016 at 1:59 pm

    I’m sure you’d love it! Thanks for reading!

  49. Deasy

    July 1st, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    I have never gone camping. How sad is that?! My fiance is an Eagle Scout and I have begged him to take me, and alas, five years later, still nothing XD Maybe I’ll just have to go myself, and I’ll be sure to bring bear spray O__O”

    http://www.deasynoel.com

  50. Davelyn

    July 2nd, 2016 at 11:30 am

    Well tell him I say that he has to take you soon! 😉 I’m sure you would love it! Maybe you could get a group of your girlfriends to go with you?

  51. Maria Stidham

    July 1st, 2016 at 10:47 pm

    Nice ideas!

  52. Davelyn

    July 2nd, 2016 at 11:31 am

    Thanks for stopping by!

  53. Rachel Holliday (@thedailyluxe)

    July 2nd, 2016 at 1:04 am

    I love that you mentioned bear spray as all I could think of was yogi bear when I saw this post 😀 The wetness in the morning is definitely the worst part about camping, but Yellowstone looks like such a great place to camp

    Rachel xxx
    http://www.thedailyluxe.net

  54. Davelyn

    July 2nd, 2016 at 11:32 am

    Oh yogi.. haha 😉

    Yes, the rain can be annoying, but yellowstone is so worth it!

  55. Aldora Muses

    July 2nd, 2016 at 7:23 am

    Lovely camping tips Davelyn! I’ve never been on camping trips before but I think it sounds like a fun idea! Have a fab week 😉

    Love, Aldora
    http://www.musingsofarabbit.com

  56. Davelyn

    July 2nd, 2016 at 11:33 am

    Thanks! Have a wonderful weekend yourself! 🙂

  57. banglesandbungalows

    July 2nd, 2016 at 4:01 pm

    Wow! I didn’t know most of this stuff, but then again I’ve only been camping once. I wonder what’s in the bear spray that keeps the bears away.

    xx Yasmin
    http://banglesandbungalows.com

  58. Davelyn

    July 3rd, 2016 at 12:41 pm

    Its a type of pepper spray, but comes in a larger can and sprays further. Definitely a must-have 😉

  59. Tina

    July 2nd, 2016 at 10:09 pm

    Camping in Yellowstone is definitely on my bucket list! I will definitely get bear spray just in case heheh

    Tina
    http://www.justatinabit.com

  60. Davelyn

    July 3rd, 2016 at 12:50 pm

    I hope you get to tick it off your list soon then! xo

  61. Mira

    July 3rd, 2016 at 7:27 am

    Amazing pictures & tips! I have never been to Yellowstone but I would love to go and camp there, it sounds like an incredible experience. And I also hate mummy bags. xx

    113-things-to-say.blogspot.com

  62. Davelyn

    July 3rd, 2016 at 12:54 pm

    Thank you! And I know! They’re the worst! haha

  63. Ania

    July 3rd, 2016 at 11:00 am

    Wow!! Great post my dear <33

  64. Davelyn

    July 3rd, 2016 at 12:57 pm

    Thank you!

  65. Amy

    July 3rd, 2016 at 11:52 pm

    Camping at Yellowstone and driving through the States is one of my bucket list things to do (which I hope to do next year!). Great tips <3

    fourcatsplusus.co.uk | Amy x

  66. Davelyn

    July 5th, 2016 at 9:50 am

    Well then I also hope you get to! ♥︎ Thanks for reading dear. xx

  67. Trang Do

    July 4th, 2016 at 12:03 am

    Great tips! Thanks for sharing!
    Love,
    Kisses and hugs from http://www.trangscorner.com {a lifestyle, fashion, beauty, and food blog}

  68. Davelyn

    July 5th, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Thanks!

  69. Gemma

    July 4th, 2016 at 7:09 am

    Great tips, It looks so beautiful there. Gemma x
    http://www.jacquardflower.uk

  70. Davelyn

    July 5th, 2016 at 9:51 am

    Thanks Gemma!

  71. Nadia

    July 4th, 2016 at 1:54 pm

    Loved this post, sweetie! Super informative especially since hubby and I have Yellowstone in our must-visit list! I am sure we will consider camping out there when we do get to go!! This couldn’t be more helpful. I would never even think there are so many ways to get drenched haha.
    How gorgeous is Yellowstone though <3 <3 <3
    xox Nadia
    http://www.mielandmint.com

  72. Davelyn

    July 5th, 2016 at 9:53 am

    Thanks dear! I’m glad this was helpful 🙂 Hope you are able to take a trip there soon and that you have a wonderful, dry time 😉 xo

  73. Deborah

    July 4th, 2016 at 4:32 pm

    Omg I just realized I haven’t gone camping in a long time! And now I feel like!! Haha. What’s for sure, I never had to use bear spray 😮 because there are no bears where I live. Thanks for sharing these tips, tho. the photos are spectacular! Particularly the last one, it’s truly breathtaking…
    xx

    http://www.stylebydeb.com

  74. Davelyn

    July 5th, 2016 at 9:54 am

    Thank you! I’m so glad you like them! xx

  75. Sybil

    July 4th, 2016 at 7:20 pm

    wow!!! in as much as i probably won’t be camping anytime soon there, it’s so interesting to read through this post!

    Have a great week!
    Animated Confessions

  76. Davelyn

    July 5th, 2016 at 9:55 am

    Glad you liked it! I hope you have a great week as well 🙂

  77. rae tashman (@lovefromberlin)

    July 5th, 2016 at 4:52 am

    Really great tips! This post reminded me of how much I want to go camping this summer as well. The tarp idea is genius and I have never heard of bear spray before!

    Rae | Love from Berlin

  78. Davelyn

    July 5th, 2016 at 9:56 am

    Thanks Rae! I hope you have a wonderful summer full of many adventures! xo

  79. Alexandra Consolver

    July 8th, 2016 at 10:44 am

    Oh what a lovely trip! I’ve been to so few of the western states and their parks. I also have very little experience camping! This sounds really great though, and I hope that sometime soon my hubby and I can take a camping trip, even if it is a small one! 🙂 These are great tips, pinning for later! XO – Alexandra

    Simply Alexandra: My Favorite Things

  80. Davelyn

    July 14th, 2016 at 7:50 am

    Thanks dear 🙂

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