Packing for the Badlands + Black Hills

Packing for the Badlands and Black Hills

Packing for the Badlands and Black Hills

Since Austin and I just moved to Omaha, Nebraska, we decided to take a road trip to Badlands National Park and the Black Hills of South Dakota for a weekend camping trip. Since our tent is currently in storage and we don’t have it with us during our nomadic journeys, we got a camp site at Cedar Pass Campground and made plansย to just park and sleep in our rental car. Packing for the Badlands was a fun venture and, since I love peeking into others’ travel bags, here’s a glimpse into mine.

Here’s a look at everything I packed for our weekend in the Badlands and Black Hills…

Packing for the Black Hills

Packing for the Black Hills

I use myย Medium BAGGUย to pack toiletries and self care supplies.

Packing for the Black Hills

This little bag holds everything and I love how easy it is to see inside of so there’s no rummaging. (I also adore the handle that keeps it from having to be set on wet countertops.) Inside this one is my rosewater toner, dry shampoo, natural deodorant, hair brush, shampoo bar (in its case), moisturizer stick, all-purposeย goop, toothpaste, sunscreen, and lunette menstrual cup.

Packing for the Black Hills

I certainly don’t typically put on a full face of makeup while camping, but since my everyday routine takes about five minutes anyway and I only have a very small makeup collection, the whole bag comes with me. (My all-natural makeup is from Alima Pure, Zuzu Luxe, 100% Pure, and Mineral Fusion.)

Packing for the Black Hills

For clothing, I had to pack for warm days but also cold camping nights (and also a chilly tour of Wind Cave National Park.) As a result, I brought a total of 15 items.

2 Vintage Flannels

Packing for the Black Hills

3 Tees
(from Everlane, She Is Clothing, and Indy Brand)

Packing for the Black Hills

3 Bottoms
(from PACT Apparel, prAna, and ThredUp)

Packing for the Black Hills

Everything goes into my full-sized Eagle Creek Packing Cube!

A half-sized Eagle Creek Packing Cube for PJs, socks, and underwear.

Packing for the Black Hills

Field Jacket and Sweatshirt for when it gets cold.

Packing for the Black Hills

2 hats
(From Animal Traffic in Portland, OR and Yellow 108)

Packing for the Black Hills

3 pairs of shoes
(Chacos, Birkenstocks, and New Balance)

Packing for the Black Hills

Into the duffle they go!

Packing for the Black Hills

To see what I pack in my Hiking Pack, check out this post:
Hiking Pack Essentials

Not pictured: Fuel, (i.e. Water, apples, grass-fed beef sticks, bananas, trail mix, and larabars.)

Packing for a Weekend in the Black Hills

(My blanket is the La Playa Blanket from Huckberry. For $10 shopping credit – click here!)

And that’s it!

All done packing for the Badlands and Black Hills.

Let’s go camping!

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  • I love this post, and it’s so interesting to see what others pack for outdoor adventure. I haven’t been camping in a long time so it’s nice to live vicariously through others

    • Thanks Lulu! I think it’s so fascinating to see what others pack and it always gives me ideas and inspiration. Glad you liked it!

  • I love those tees! All your pics are so pleasing to see!

    • Thank you! I do love a good graphic tee. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  • I’m always so interested in what other people pack, so I love this post. Looks like layers, layers, layers! Those t shirts are fun!!

    • Hello Lyndsay! I love seeing what others pack too. Thanks for stopping by!

  • I loved your dress sense! Such cool clothes!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  • You have such awesome clothes!!! Hope you have an amazing time! <3

    • It was a fabulous time, Susannah! Looking forward to sharing the pictures and adventures. And thanks! somedays my clothes don’t feel cool, but having a capsule wardrobe makes it so that I LOVE everything I have so it makes things easy.

  • I love how organized your packing is! I just throw everything in a bag before we leave.

    • I used to just throw things in my bag too, but since we live on the road now, I’ve been forced to become organized. It has ended up making things a lot easier.

  • I am such a bad packer, and I tend to pack wayyyyy too much, so way to go!

    • Hello Kristin! I was a serious overpacker in my previous life. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Having less always seems scary when you set out, but I always end up with more than I need.

  • Leah Hall

    I love all your different ways to pack and your bags – I am a minimalist packer, so this is right up my alley!

    • Yay for another minimalist packer! Isn’t it so freeing to travel light?

  • I love that Elle est Forte shirt! So cute! And these posts are always fun. I love seeing what people pack when they travel. ๐Ÿ™‚

    • Thanks Crystal! That Elle est Forte shirt is one of my favorites!

  • Julie Mason

    Looks like a fun and casual trip to make. Comfort is key.

    • Yes! Comfort is most important on road trips and camping trips.

  • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

    LOVE that elephant bag!! The Badlands are such a cool place to visit. I grew up In North Dakota so I’ve been there a number of times.

    • Thanks Chrissa! That elephant bag makes me smile every time I see it and it’s so handy for travel. I haven’t been to North Dakota – how does it differ from South Dakota?

      • Chrissa – Physical Kitchness

        Welllll I would say SD has much more to see! The western part of ND has the Badlands much like SD, but the rest of the state is pretty flat!

        • Haha. Gotcha! ๐Ÿ˜€ Have you been to Theodore Roosevelt National Park in ND? It’s on my list since I want to visit all the parks, but I don’t know anything about it.

  • I’ve never been there. Was it fun? Oh I’m sure it was. I’ll have to go someday and I’ll use your list as a guide for what I should pack. That elephant bag is soooo cute ๐Ÿ™‚

    • It was so much fun! Be on a lookout tomorrow with my post of photos from the trip. ๐Ÿ˜‰ Glad you like the elephant bag! It’s a favorite of mine. ๐Ÿ™‚

  • Your toiletry bag is so cute. I love the print. Speaking of the Badlands. Have you seen the movie? It stars Sissy Spacek and Martin Sheen. It’s a crime drama from the 70s that takes place in the area.

    • I love the print too. ๐Ÿ™‚ I’ve never seen the movie and actually had no idea that it existed. I’ll have to look it up and see if it’s on Netflix. Thanks for the recommendation!

  • Iryna

    Looks like you’ve all the essentials! Have a great time camping!

    • Thanks! It was a fantastic camping trip!

  • Can’t wait to see photos of the trip there! I’ve always wanted to check out the badlands. Your elephant bag is too cute!

    • Hi Brittany! I’ve posted pictures from the trip if you’re interested. And yes! I love my elephant bag!

  • I swear by packing cubes, and those are great brands that I have as well! CUTE t-shirts that you packed. Hope you had a great time!

    • Yes, Marlynn! Aren’t packing cubes the best? I can’t imagine traveling without them now!

  • you’re so organized!!!!! I also love to pack with everything divided by category (makeup, toiletries, underwear) it makes living out of a pack so much easier.

    and hurray for the 5 minute makeup routine!

    Laura @

    • Doesn’t packing by category just make everything so much easier? Thanks for stopping by, Laura!