Favorite Gear for Your Yosemite Vacation

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Favorite gear for a Yosemite vacation

After many trips to Yosemite and California's coast, we've created the ultimate packing list. Use it to spend more time outside and less time shopping for items you forgot.

Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler

The Mercedes of coolers, this workhorse kept drinks freezing cold in a sealed car for three days while outside temperatures hit 100. Its stellar insulating walls add weight, but your food stays cold. $349; yeti.com

Lowa Renegade GTX Mids Hiking Boots

These comfortable hiking boots are Lowa's best sellers with good reason. Relatively light but waterproof and breathable, they keep you comfortable on Grand Canyon's dusty, rocky trails. $230; lowaboots.com

Chaco z/2 NPF Grand Canyon Sandals

Chaco partnered with National Park Foundation for this design. These ultra-comfortable sandals with thin double straps make them dry quickly and feel light. $105; chacos.com

Patagonia R1 Fleece Hoodie

This midweight layer treated with odor-reducing Polygiene is great for huge temperature swings. Light and warm, it proved to be an essential layer for our testers in four national parks. $159; patagonia.com

Montbell Power Head Lamp

With four settings, one a blinking light, this head lamp features a double-click button that prevents it from accidentally turning on in your daypack or pocket. $29; montbell.us

Smartwool Merino 250 Baselayer Crew

You'll never want to take this super-soft baselayer off. It's great for cool morning hikes and around the campfire. But you'll find yourself wearing this versatile top in and around town. $95; smartwool.com

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