Bride lifting up hear dress while walking through a rocky creek wearing hiking boots.

Mountain Elopement Packing Checklist

Planning an elopement in the picturesque mountains of upstate New York, particularly in the stunning Adirondacks, offers a dreamy backdrop for your intimate celebration. However, the mountainous terrain and remote locations require careful planning and preparation. I created a mountain elopement packing checklist to make sure you’re fully prepared for all the things.

To ensure your day goes smoothly, here’s a comprehensive elopement checklist with 20 essential items to pack for your Adirondack elopement:

Clothing and Accessories

  1. Appropriate Footwear: Sturdy hiking boots or shoes for navigating rugged terrain. Waterproof boots are a huge plus if you have them.
  2. Weather-Appropriate Attire: Layers for varying temperatures, including a warm jacket, sweater, hats, and hand warmers.
  3. Rain Gear: Waterproof jackets or ponchos in case of rain. If you have space for a small umbrella that’s not a bad idea either!
  4. Backpack: Using a comfy backpack to hold everything keeps your hands free. Try to pack essentials but keep your pack light! We don’t want any marks on your shoulders in your photos.
  5. Gloves: Depending on the season, gloves are a must. No pink fingers in photos!
  6. Change of Clothes: Even if you are hiking in hiking clothes and changing into your wedding attire at the peak, a change of clothes is important. You never know if they’ll be water or mud or if you get a little sweaty, an extra outfit will be nice to have.
  7. Comfortable Socks: Bring extras in case your feet get wet or cold. In the chillier months, having an extra pair of socks to double up is good idea!

Ceremony Essentials

  1. Vow Books: Rather than having your vows on your phone, write them down in vow books like these!
  2. Wedding Rings: Don’t forget the symbol of your commitment!
  3. Marriage License: Ensure you have the necessary documentation.
  4. Officiant: If you’re not self-officiating, make sure your officiant is confirmed.
  5. Music: Portable speakers or a Bluetooth speaker for your favorite tunes.


  1. Snacks: Energy bars, trail mix, or other portable snacks to keep you fueled.
  2. Water: Stay hydrated with plenty of water, especially if you’re hiking.
  3. Electrolyte: Better safe than sorry, right? Bring some electrolyte tablets, drinks, or Gatorade packets incase you get a little light headed. Avoid colored drinks that’ll turn your mouth a different color!!

Safety and Comfort

  1. First Aid Kit: Basic supplies for minor injuries.
  2. Sunscreen: Protect your skin from UV rays.
  3. Bug Spray: Ward off pesky insects that may be present, especially black flies in the Adirondacks.
  4. Flashlight or Headlamp: Essential if your celebration goes into the evening.
  5. Map and Compass: Handy for navigating the wilderness.
  6. Medication: Any personal medication you may need during the day.

By packing these essential items, you’ll be well-prepared for your upstate New York elopement in the Adirondacks. Remember to check the weather forecast and trail conditions before you go, and always practice Leave No Trace principles to preserve the natural beauty of the area. Enjoy your adventure-filled elopement with this mountain elopement packing checklist!

Bride and Groom hiking down a mountain together wearing their wedding attire. The bride is wearing a fedora and a calpak backpack filled with hiking essentials.

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