Visiting Yellowstone In An RV: Things You Need To Know

Yellowstone National Park is possibly the most well-known national park on the planet.

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With lots of wildlife and unique geothermal features, most notably the Yellowstone caldera, it’s no surprise that 4 million tourists visit the park every year, according to the National Park Service. There are a lot of sightseeing, hiking, and wildlife tours that one can sign up for. There are also multiple hotels in the area to provide accommodation to incoming tourists.

However, a lot of people choose to be even closer to nature in a park by touring the park in an RV. There are things one needs to be mindful of while travelling through the park in an RV. Here are a few tips to help you with just that!

Proper planning

Lots of people visit Yellowstone every year, so you should expect to find a lot of fellow tourists. Making reservations about a year in advance is a necessary precaution. Making sure you have all the necessary supplies, important documents, tickets, etc. is very important. You should also know what routes to take depending on which places you want to see and on traffic.

Gathering medical and food supplies well in advance can help avoid last-minute panic. While there are plenty of parking spots on campsites across the country, even those are sometimes not sufficient because of the sheer influx of people. This is something you should account for. Luckily, as this infographic from ExpressVPN highlights, it’s pretty straightforward to pull together an emergency tech kit. Having digital copies of your documents, insurance and medical information is key. You should also have spare battery packs and flashlights, these are essential tech items you should have while travelling.

Size and space

It goes without saying that your vehicle should have enough space to accommodate all your gear and the people you’re travelling with. This means an efficient organization of space in the vehicle is very important. There are also vehicle size restrictions in the respective campsites, with most not allowing any RVs longer than 40 feet.

The fishing bridge campsite allows longer vehicles to park. Size is also an important factor to consider when deciding what routes to take. If you’re concerned about the park being packed, you could visit the park just before or after the peak tourist months of June, July, and August.

Yellowstone in an RV
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Hygiene and safety

There are a wide variety of animals present in the park. The presence of grizzly bears in the park is one of its major draws, but it obviously also makes taking all safety precautions all the more necessary. It’s important to not leave any leftover food items because grizzly bears, in particular, have a very keen sense of smell. Travel Experience Life has a guide on how to deal with bear encounters Cooking equipment, too, should be kept inside your vehicle or your camp’s shared food boxes.

Knowing which animals frequent the campsite you’re at and how many people are around is vital information. Campsites also offer showers and laundry facilities. Having first aid kits and reserve food and water supplies could really come in handy in a few situations.

Yellowstone is one of the most breathtaking places in the world, and there is probably no better way to experience it than by visiting the park in an RV. It’s a great way to really experience the park and all its glory up close.

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