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Hello sorry for the long post,
So within two weeks, I plan on embarking on a trip out West to visit friends. Along the way, I plan on stopping at the Rocky Mountain National Park, Arches National Park, Zion National Park, the Grand Canyon, and Yosemite. I have never before been camping/backpacking and plan on staying one/two nights at each of the above Parks. I am simply asking for advice as I try to finish planning this trip.
What gear to bring? What food? What is not necessary that a beginner may think is? What do I do when I get to the Parks? How do I know if I am at a location where disperse camping is allowed? Which day hikes would you recommend? What apps are good for this stuff? etc.
I am also nervous about backpacking/camping where there are bears (Rocky Mountains, Yosemite)... what is recommended I do to avoid or survive?
I have been planning this trip for over two months now so I have a general idea of what I am doing but I do not have experience. I have used freecampsites.com, roadtrippers.com and myscenicdrives.com to help plan the trip.
I also have a 40L backpack and some kitchen/cooking stuff. I am looking for tent (2-3 people for future adventures), sleeping pad, and anything else I might need.
Any advice is good advice!