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Best Clothing

You are exposed to the elements when you travel. Staying warm, cool, dry and comfortable is essential to you enjoying your vacation. If you can look good too, that’s all the better. Here are our tried and true favorites.

Hiking Pants

These light and comfy hiking pants can be rolled up and snapped if it’s a hot day.

Columbia Women’s Saturday Trail Pants-I can’t believe it has taken me this long to try hiking pants! I bought these right before we left for Europe. The fabric is light, soft and flexible. Just perfect for walking around town or hiking a trail.

I love the snaps so I can roll them up on a hot day and the pockets are great for carrying a few things. Plus, the fabric also wicks away moisture and is stain resistant.

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Travel Vest

Matt loves his vest and takes it on all our trips

Exploring a national park is quite an adventure. Being prepared for the situations that will arise makes the trip much more enjoyable. A lightweight travel vest can be a real-life saver. For Christmas, I gave Matt this 9 pocket SCOTTeVEST to carry around his maps, phone, camera equipment, ChapStick, wallet, chargers and whatever else he feels he needs. It has a variety of pocket sizes including one that is big enough to hold an iPad. Made of soft yet durable material, the SCOTTeVEST is cool and comfortable to wear, even on hot days.

Shoes

Pay close attention to this……. you DON’T ALWAYS need hiking boots. A good pair of trail runners will keep your feet much more comfortable by offering flexibility, cushioning and breathability and the traction on them will keep you from slipping. Plus, you’ll be able to wear them around for other things after your vacation.

If you are doing some major backcountry hiking with major rocks and muds, wear those hiking boots-but if you are just walking around on the boardwalks of Yellowstone, you’ll be happier in a comfy pair of trail runners.

I sold athletic shoes for a couple of years and learned that everyone has their own brand preference, but after being a runner for 25 years, Asics is my brand. Here’s why.

Value

I’ve been to running specialty shops and paid upwards of $150 for a pair of running shoes that were supposed to be just right for my type of stride and running style. They have never been better than my Asics. I usually pick up a pair of Asics Ventures (on Amazon) that will last me for 6 months to a year of weekly running. When I retire them from running, I wear them hiking and gardening and they will last until my newer pair of running shoes wears out.

These shoes can typically be purchased for between $50-$80 dollars which is a great deal compared to similar quality running shoes of other brands.

Comfort

Every brand has their patented cushioning system, but I find the foam system that Asics uses is superior. Nothing feels softer on my feet and is able to endure the constant impact I put my shoes through. I’ll be an Asics customer for life.

Stability

Hoka One One Lowtop Sneaker– Matt gets significant leg pain because his feet pronate (vibrate) when he walks or runs. These shoes have taken care of that and made hiking possible for him again. The wide base with a sturdy grip has made a huge difference. If you are looking for comfortable, light weight running shoes that offer excellent stabilization, these shoes are a good bet. Running shoes aren’t just great for people who run. They are great for hiking and even just to wear for your day-to-day activities.

Is there anywhere I can get more information about traveling to national parks?

Yes! We offer travel guides to many of the national parks in western America. Planning a trip can be stressful and daunting. We aim to simplify your travel preparations by providing you with a daily detailed itinerary (yet it’s flexible). They even come complete with an audio guide.

As you drive during your trip, you can listen to Matt share interesting stories and fascinating history about the area you are traveling. It’s like having a tour guide with you in your car, at a fraction of the cost. Check them out here!

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