Recently, we traveled to Grand Canyon, Bryce Canyon and Zion National Parks, completing three National Parks in seven days. I had to pack for an active trip with lots of different changes in temperature. Here’s what I wore for those seven days:
On travel days, I like to wear comfortable, stylish clothing with at least one layer in the event the plane is freezing or if my destination’s climate is different than where I am leaving. I settled on these FRAME Jeans, this bright yellow Feel the Piece t-shirt and an AG denim jean jacket. This jacket gave me that extra layer I needed and I was able to tie it around my waist when I needed to shed it. It’s also a great transition piece for fall. I would recommend sizing up because it runs small. I also wore these slip on Adidas shoes as they are easy to get on and off when getting through the airport and are quite comfy. Note that the Adidas shoes run large. I sized down half a size. Note that the Adidas shoes run large. I sized down half a size. I am also wearing Tom Ford sunglasses that have sold out but click here for similar. For my local ladies, the FRAME jeans, Feel the Piece items and Tom Ford sunglasses are all available at Peacock’s Plume
I packed for two seasons on this trip. It was quite cold in the mornings and in the shaded areas. Later on in the day, as I worked up a sweat and the sun came out, I was having to shed layers. I highly recommend layers if you go hiking out west, sometimes multiple layers too. These Lululemon Fast and Free Crop II pants are quick drying and keep you cooler than some of the other workout pants I wore. I love the features of this pant. They have two deep pockets on the sides which came in handy as I was able to avoid taking off my backpack to get to my phone. There was also a small pocket in the back for a room key. My True Grit vest was perfect for hiking with its two large pockets. The bonus of this vest is that it was so cute you could take it off the trail and add a pair of jeans, boots or booties and head to dinner. It does double time duty! My Oboz hiking boots were awesome. I had no blisters and they had great traction. Remember to go up half a size in your hiking boots. For my local friends at Surf, Wind and Fire carry Oboz hiking boots so check them out.
I’m wearing several layers on this trail as we start at Bryce National Park. This North Face jacket was nice and toasty. Most of all, it was comfortable despite the fact that I was wearing four layers underneath! The pockets are deep enough to fit my phone. If you are local, check out The Four C’s as they carry North Face and have great sales people. Here I am in the same Lululemon Fast and Free Crop II pants which were my go to pants on this trip. What was an added bonus was they were odor free! That was amazing, especially after multiple wears!
The layers are coming off for this hike! This Lululemon Love Tee IV was a nice, comfortable sweat-wicking shirt that I wore as a second layer over a Cool Racerback II shirt (not shown) and my go to Lululemon All The Right Places Pant II.
I really thought the Osprey backpacks with bladders was going to be overkill for this trip but I was so wrong. I didn’t have to worry with carrying a bunch of bottled water, stopping and taking it out of the backpack and then dealing with the empty bottles. It was all right here in my backpack. It had space for snacks and all the layers I shed on the trails. The Osprey bags never leaked and are on the must-have list for serious hiking trips. I didn’t know what I was missing until I gave them a shot! Also, I want to mention that I made a visit to REI prior to this trip and the sale people were incredible. They knew exactly what I needed for the trip and helped me prepare cost-efficiently. Surf Wind and Fire is a local shop that sells Osprey bags as well. If you are local be sure to check them out.
I must admit that this smile is a little forced on Hidden Canyon Trail. As you can see, this trail could be considered a little challenging, as I’ll be talking about in my second post detailing our itinerary (coming soon). We traveled deep into the canyons and it was considerably warmer, so my backpack is full of clothing. I was comfortable in my FreeFly shirt and Lululemon All The Right Places Pant II. You can see Weeping Rock, center left of picture.
This was Observation Point which offers some of the best views of Zion. It is amazing! I’m sporting the Lululemon All the Right Places Pant II and the Swiftly Tech Lululemon top. The top was not fitted so I could easily put it over a tank top and not feel bulky. I will be buying more of these shirts.
Although I loved the hiking, I thoroughly enjoyed getting cleaned up for a nice dinner! I’m wearing my favorite FRAME jeans and a maroon colored Feel the Piece top, as well as a Vince cardigan (click here for similar ) and Frye boots (click here for similar).
Thinking back on the trip, I wore most everything I packed with the exception of my athletic shorts. It was too cold for those! I’m thankful I had lots of layers and that I packed for two seasons. If you remember one thing from this post, let it be layer up! And if you need a Christmas idea for your family, this trip would be a great one!