Stuff You Need When Traveling to Montana and the Greater Yellowstone Ecoregion

In May, Mike at Vagabondish listed “26 Killer Travel Gadgets Every Geek Needs”. I know I’m a little late finding this gem, but it’s pretty funny. Then today he posted “Another 26 Killer Travel Gadgets Every Traveler Needs”.

Of course, if you did pack all that stuff you’d exceed the carry-on limit, but I don’t think that’s the point.

If you are traveling in Montana or the Greater Yellowstone Ecoregion I’d add a few more things to this list:

1. Bear Spray
Right now bears are in hyperphasia (one of my favorite words). That means they are eating everything in sight to store up fat for winter. And they are everywhere. Every year there is a story in the local paper about bears in people’s neighborhood. So, even if you aren’t traveling into the remote backcountry–carry bear spray. (Don’t try to bring this on an airplane, though. They don’t like it.)

2. Water Bottle
They don’t call it the “arid west” for nothing. It’s dry out here, probably drier than where you live (not if you are in the Australian Outback or something, but you get my point). It’s also higher here–elevation-wise, that is. So you must drink lots of water, and if you bring your own water bottle you won’t have to add plastic to the landfill. I like metal water bottles because they don’t leach weird plastic stuff into your water.

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The Planet Bottle 24 oz Metal Water Bottle

Might as well bring one for the dog, too.
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Thirsty Dog Portable Water Bottle/Bowl (16 oz)

3. Sunscreen
Like I said it is a little higher out here. Plus, it is so beautiful that you will want to be outside all the time. That means you need to wear sunscreen. I mean it, sun damage makes you look ugly and can cause cancer. No one wants that.

California Baby makes a great sunscreen that I love to use for myself as well as my baby.
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California Baby SPF30+ Sunscreen – No Fragrance

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I’m sure there are many other things you could bring with you on a trip to Montana or Yellowstone, but these are pretty crucial.

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