Seven Things to Bring on a Hot Springs Adventure

Dur­ing the cold­er months of the year, it can be tough to gar­ner the strength to head out­doors for a win­ter adven­ture, but for those look­ing to brave the cold while also hop­ing to par­take in a more relax­ing form of out­door adven­ture, hot springs are what you need. Here’s a short list of some stuff you might want to bring along.


Water Bot­tle
This could be an easy one to for­get since you’re lit­er­al­ly head­ing to a body of water, but mak­ing sure to bring a water bot­tle is often times eas­i­er said than done. Plus don’t for­get you can’t drink the water at most hot springs, not that you’d want to since it’s pip­ping hot, so make sure to pack in water. And if it’s allowed it’s always nice to have a few cold ones while you and your friends soak.

Maybe you’re trekking into a hot spring from far out, or maybe it’s snowy, but once you get there you’ll be glad you brought some extra footwear. Many hot springs are often out in the woods and the pools have been built into exist­ing rock struc­tures, where the ground can be unsta­ble, rocks can be sharp, and you nev­er know what you’re gonna get.  It can be nice to have some extra footwear to slip into for soaking.

If you’re head­ing out dur­ing the win­ter months you’ll know that the sun tends to set pret­ty ear­ly dur­ing this time of year. The last thing you want is to be hik­ing all the way back out to the trail­head in the pitch black. Bring a headlamp.


Bathing Suit (option­al)
Poten­tial­ly the most impor­tant item for your soak­ing expe­ri­ence. Sure there’s a hand­ful of the soak­ing hot springs out there that are cloth­ing option­al, but hey let’s be hon­est that isn’t for most of us. You’ll prob­a­bly want a bathing suit, so bring a bathing suit.

Blue­tooth Speaker
This is a “use at your own judg­ment” rec­om­men­da­tion. Chances are if you’re going out to pop­u­lar hot springs and there are a lot of peo­ple around they might not want to hear your tunes. Be polite, ask first, and respect oth­ers. With that being said, there’s no harm in break­ing out the jams when the time is right.

Prefer­ably a day­pack, but if you’re going for a long dis­tance hike to some springs you’ll obvi­ous­ly want a back­pack­ers bag. The trusty back­pack is the surest way to remem­ber that you don’t for­get all your oth­er essen­tials, water bot­tle, tow­el, bathing suit, you name it.

Nobody wants to stand around in the freez­ing cold wait­ing to air dry, make sure to pack your tow­el so the sec­ond you get out you can get warm and dry.