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National Park Week is right around the corner, and we couldn’t be more excited. If you’re hoping to visit one of the 63 national parks next week or any time during the summer, we’ve got you covered on what to bring, with tips from park rangers and gear recommendations from someone who visited them all.

To make it easy to love the parks as much as we do, we rounded up 25 of our favorite national-park-themed gear to help you celebrate National Park Week. From T-shirts and sunglasses to blankets and more, check out all the different ways we love to rep the parks.

A pocket tee advocating for the protection and preservation of our national parks? Yes, please. On a mission to spread the word about leaving the world a better place than you found it, the Parks Project is a charitable company advocating for and benefitting America’s national parks. The “Welcome” pocket tee highlights eight national parks across the US, including Arches National Park in Utah, Acadia National Park in Maine and Big Bend National Park in Texas, to name a few. Which means you don’t have to choose between repping your favorite park when wearing this tee.

Nothing quite says “outdoorsy” like a five-panel hat. This Parks Project hat, made of a 100% corduroy upper and cotton brim, sends a bold and simple statement with a custom national parks logo front and center. If you love the national parks, this is your cap. Since its founding in 2014, Parks Project has donated more than $2,500,000 in funding to the national parks. The company also invests significant time and energy through volunteer habitat and wildlife restoration and stewardship projects, public advocacy and education, and visitor programming and youth initiatives.

Rep your love for the parks when you’re shopping with this simple National Park Geek tote bag. Made from 100% certified organic cotton, it’s a great way to stash all the things you buy from the national park gift shops too.

Yeti and the national parks is a match made in heaven. Customize water bottles, mugs and more with your favorite park.

Seeing the beauty of the national parks is one thing. Seeing your favorite national park through sunglasses inspired by that very destination takes beauty to a whole other level. Throw these polarized sunnies on while hiking, biking, climbing or camping (or on any outdoor adventure you fancy most). The Joshua Tree National Park edition of Goodr’s OG polarized glasses nods to the park’s namesake: a spikey twisted tree found throughout the Mojave Desert. Have another favorite national park? You can find them in 12 other national park editions too. Goodr sales support the National Park Foundation, a nonprofit organization that support the National Park Service in preserving over 400 national park sites across the country.

Decorate your whole house with the beauty of the national parks with a poster (or two) from National Park Posters. Inspired by the WPA posters, there’s a huge variety of gorgeous prints to hang.

Snag the Original Puffy blanket with a national parks twist. Rumpl, an outdoor brand with a cult following, is best known for its all-weather puffy blankets you can use in nature. The brand’s original puffy is weather-resistant, filled with 100% post-consumer recycled synthetic insulation, and can clip around you to wear hands-free (perfect for two hands to hold a beer and s'more stick around the campfire). This Acadia National Park version features the East Coast's highest mountain point, Cadillac Mountain. You can also choose from 20 national parks original puffys in Rumpl’s national parks collection.

You never have to go without a view of El Capitan in Yosemite National Park with Rumpl’s national park Everywhere Towel. You also don’t have to worry about sand, pet hair, odor, stains or bulk either. It’s quick-absorbing, fast-drying and packable — and it comes in six other national park versions. The brand is serious about conservation and sustainable business practices. It’s a member of 1% For The Planet, meaning Rumpl donates 1% of all revenue to environmental nonprofits; it’s certified climate neutral and has offset 100% of the company’s carbon footprint through carbon offset credits since 2020; and Rumpl’s entire core line of blankets is made from 100% post-consumer recycled materials.

The classic Igloo cooler just got even cooler. This Parks Project collaboration with Playmate Elite Cooler is made from post-consumer recycled resin made from former yogurt cups and milk jugs, known as Ecocool. You can fit up to thirty 12-ounce cans, and a push button on the side makes it easy to open up and close while on your adventure. Plus, it features Parks Project’s “Feel the Earth Breathe” nature graphic so you can feel inspired by nature wherever you take it.

Can you tell we love Parks Project? It’s easy when the brand combines awesome graphics with high-quality outdoor gear that benefits the environment with every sale. This 32-ounce insulated and stainless steel beauty is not your average water bottle. Keep tabs on your national parks trips across the country by checking off each of the 63 national parks on this bottle as you visit them. It’s also BPA-free and double-wall vacuum-insulated, and will insulate hot drinks for 12 hours and cold drinks for up to 24 hours.

The Landmark Project most famously partners with the US Forest Service to create Smokey the Bear-inspired gear, and has raised over $500,000 to help the cause of Smokey. This shirt, however, commemorates all 63 parks in a sleek and stylish tee that was designed by Steve Wolf. 

You never know what the weather will be like on top of the mountain, so stay prepared with this cute beanie that’s repping Olympic National Park, or find other park-themed beanies here.

Support outdoor education and preservation efforts with an Eno DoubleNest Giving Back hammock. We recommend the Outside National Park colorway, which specifically supports the National Park Foundation. Its design blends conservation and adventure with a print that nods to iconic natural landmarks across the states. But you really can’t go wrong with any choice from the entire collection, which benefits seven total outdoor education and preservation partners, including Outdoor Afro, the Appalachian Trail Conservancy and indigenous arts and culture-focused organization Roots Studio. String any one of these Enos up between two trees and relax knowing you’re supporting national parks and outdoor organizations as you do.

Whether you’re at home or in a tent waiting out a rainstorm, a deck of cards is essential for passing the time. Upgrade your deck with this gorgeous set featuring park-inspired art.

Map out your next park adventure with this cute and wanderlust-inducing poster from The Landmark Project.

Ripped gear? Gnarly stain? No problem. Grab a Noso Patch and cover up unwanted nicks, scratches and blemishes on your well-loved gear. These handy repair patches are made of a durable, rip-resistant material that’s meant to mimic fabric. The Noso Rocky Mountain patch was made specifically to repair Rumpl puffy blankets but can most definitely work on your other outdoor apparel and gear too. You can also choose from three other Rumpl x Noso national parks repair patches, including the iconic Great Smoky Mountains, Grand Canyon and Yellowstone.

For over 100 years, Pendleton has made super-cozy, super-warm and high-quality wool woven goods. Its blankets are a timeless classic and this collection happens to commemorate America’s national parks. All blankets are woven at the Pendleton mill in Washington state and feature a woven label dedicated to the park they represent. No matter if you’re cozying up next to the campfire, in the back of your camper van or at home on the couch, you won’t regret investing in this lifelong piece of gear.

Wear the national parks on your feet! Swiftwick is known for its durable and breathable socks that are built to last, and the brand’s national-parks-themed socks are no different. The whole collection pays homage to 16 different parks across America, with images of iconic landmarks that make each unique. Each sock is made with high-performance fibers that wick moisture to keep your feet dry, cool and blister-free, and features 360-degree prints of some of North America's most treasured national parks.

Some hiking pants have integrated belts, but if your pair doesn’t, you need to try an Arcade belt. They’re super stretchy and insanely comfortable so you can hike, climb and run without restrain. We adore the brand’s national park collection, which feature small patches representing six different parks.

Be inspired by a new park every month with this gorgeous calendar from Slightly Stationery. The illustrated calendars look good in any room and also make fantastic gifts.

This calendar features WPA national parks posters, giving any room an adventurous and retro feel.

The perfect coffee table book for the park-obsessed, this tome details must-see locations at 32 different parks that are off the beaten path.

Built for sunny, sandy, buggy and sweaty days outdoors, Buffs are a go-to piece of gear for rugged adventures. This national park version Buff features the brand’s CoolNet UV fabric to keep you (and your Buff) cool, dry and odor-free. It’s made of 95% recycled polyester, is super stretchy and comfortable, and has built-in UPF 50 sun protection. Another great advantage: You can wear it on more than just your neck. Wrapping it around your head, using it as a hair tie, or wearing it as a balaclava are just a few of the 12 iconic ways to rock your Buff. Zion is just one of our many favorites in the whole national park Buff collection.

This cast-iron set from Camp Chef features park-themed engravings so you can stay inspired while you cook.

Nomadix makes quick-drying, ultra-packable towels ready for any adventure. Made with certified post-consumer recycled materials, Nomadix has a wide range of towels highlighting America’s national parks.

These made-in-the-USA skis are a Maiden brand fan favorite. The special Rocky Mountain graphics on the top of the skis are a nod to the scenic and spectacular snow-peaked mountains found throughout the park. The Icelantic Maiden 101’s feature 2 millimeters of camber underfoot and a poplar and paulownia wood core, making for a light ski that can pop through powder and carve on groomed trails with precision. If you want to shred pow while repping the national parks along the way, snag some of these skis.

A great gift for a parks lover in your life, this 1,000-piece puzzle features icons from all 63 national parks.

Whether you’re using them for a hike or as a decoration, National Geographic’s trail maps are gorgeous and incredibly useful. Printed on waterproof and tear-resistant paper, these maps will help you get through any adventure, no matter the national park.

Stock your at-home bar with pints from your favorite national parks. With 15 different styles, there are plenty of parks to choose from.