Packing Checklists

Boots, bandanas, britches, and more

Overpacking Allowed... and Encouraged

Here are some suggestions on what to pack for your retreat. These lists are by no means all-inclusive — so feel free to add whatever will make you most comfortable. Keep in mind that it is not unusual to experience all four seasons in one day in Montana. No kidding. Anything can happen at any time of the year (including snow). Our advice: PACK LOTS OF LAYERS! That way, you’ll enjoy being outdoors no matter what Mother Nature has up her sleeve during your stay.

Packing Checklists

B-Luxe Cowgirl Yoga™

Yoga & Other:

  • Dinner clothes: you’ll probably want a fresh change of clothes for almost every evening. Feel free to get dressed up, especially Cowgirl-style! (Dress-up night is usually Saturday.)
  • Yoga clothes: enough for 4 vinyasa practices, 1-2 restorative. Amount you bring depends on how much you typically sweat and your tolerance for re-wearing. We will be practicing on an open-air patio, unless the weather doesn’t cooperate. If we are indoors, our yoga room will be warm but not hot. Bring layers so you don’t get cold during meditation, warm-up, savasana, and restorative practice.
  • Hiking boots or other outdoor shoes and socks, pair of casual shoes, flip flops, dress-up cowgirl boots.
  • Waterproof jacket, 1-2 fleece/sweaters/sweatshirts, a warm hat, short-sleeve tees, shorts, pair of non-jean outdoor pants, lots of layers. Did we mention that we can get all four seasons in one day?!
  • Bathing suit for hot tub.
  • Pair of lightweight gloves.
  • Water bottle.
  • Small backpack/bag for carrying small items around the ranch.

NOTE: No need to bring your own yoga mat unless you want to. We have eco-friendly JADE mats you can borrow.

Horses & Riding

  • Soft & supple gloves with some dexterity intact.
  • Comfortable riding boots, with smooth sole and defined heel, flexible enough to get your heel lower than your toe when flexing ankle. Ariat boots are made for women by women and are our favorite for riding. Please do not bring tennis shoes or boots with very high heels for riding!
  • Jeans or riding pants, 2-3 pairs, depending on your tolerance for dirt, dust, and horse sweat. Jeans should be loose enough to mount and dismount easily and to allow you to be able to BREATHE while seated. Wrangler Aura for Women and Q-Baby “Ultimate Riding Jean” are good choices. Look for flat inner seams that will tend not to rub. We also like Kerrits riding pants if you prefer a non-jean option.
  • Jackets worn while on horses need to be hiked up, cinched up to hip joint height while riding. If your zipper zips up from the bottom, that works, too. Snaps are better than zippers when possible (for safety reasons).
  • Non-chafing underwear (highly recommend Patagonia brand), anti boob-bounce devices (aka sports bras).
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lots of lip balm & moisturizer (it is DRY here), and natural insect repellant.
  • Baseball cap and/or Cowgirl hat. Keep in mind that we require the use of helmets during riding; helmets will be provided or feel free to bring your own.

NOTE: If you are arriving early, you can easily pick up riding gear in Bozeman at Murdoch’s, a favorite Cowgirl shopping spot!

LUXE Cowgirl Yoga™

Yoga & Other:

  • Dinner clothes: you’ll probably want a fresh change of clothes for almost every evening. Feel free to get dressed up, especially Cowgirl-style! (Dress-up night is usually Saturday.)
  • Yoga clothes: enough for 4 vinyasa practices, 1-2 restorative. Amount you bring depends on how much you typically sweat and your tolerance for re-wearing. We will be practicing on an open-air patio, unless the weather doesn’t cooperate. If we are indoors, our yoga room will be warm but not hot. Bring layers so you don’t get cold during meditation, warm-up, savasana, and restorative practice.
  • Hiking boots or other outdoor shoes and socks, pair of casual shoes, flip flops, dress-up cowgirl boots.
  • Waterproof jacket, 1-2 fleece/sweaters/sweatshirts, a warm hat, short-sleeve tees, shorts, pair of non-jean outdoor pants, lots of layers. Did we mention that we can get all four seasons in one day?!
  • Bathing suit for hot tub.
  • Pair of lightweight gloves.
  • Water bottle.
  • Small backpack/bag for carrying small items around the ranch.

NOTE: No need to bring your own yoga mat unless you want to. We have eco-friendly JADE mats you can borrow.

Horses & Riding

  • Soft & supple gloves with some dexterity intact.
  • Comfortable riding boots, with smooth sole and defined heel, flexible enough to get your heel lower than your toe when flexing ankle. Ariat boots are made for women by women and are our favorite for riding. Please do not bring tennis shoes or boots with very high heels for riding!
  • Jeans or riding pants, 2-3 pairs, depending on your tolerance for dirt, dust, and horse sweat. Jeans should be loose enough to mount and dismount easily and to allow you to be able to BREATHE while seated. Wrangler Aura for Women and Q-Baby “Ultimate Riding Jean” are good choices. Look for flat inner seams that will tend not to rub. We also like Kerrits riding pants, if you prefer a non-jean option.
  • Jackets worn while on horses need to be hiked up, cinched up to hip joint height while riding. If your zipper zips up from the bottom, that works, too. Snaps are better than zippers when possible (for safety reasons).
  • Non-chafing underwear (highly recommend Patagonia brand), anti boob-bounce devices (aka sports bras).
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lots of lip balm & moisturizer (it is DRY here), and natural insect repellant.
  • Baseball cap and/or Cowgirl hat. Keep in mind that we require the use of helmets during riding; helmets will be provided or feel free to bring your own.

NOTE: If you are arriving early, you can easily pick up riding gear in Bozeman at Murdoch’s, a favorite Cowgirl shopping spot!

Yoga & Hiking

“Weather drama.” That’s what we say every time Montana surprises us! For example, on our early September 2008 weekend, it was snowing at the top of our hike (9200 ft.). While it may be sunny & warm at our cabins (7500 ft.), if we’re hiking on the trail and gaining altitude, you’ll be surprised at how much cooler it can be. Hence… LOTS OF LAYERS.

Yoga & Other:

  • Dinner clothes: you’ll probably want a fresh change of clothes for almost every evening. Feel free to get dressed up, especially Cowgirl-style! (Dress-up night is usually Saturday.)
  • Yoga clothes: enough for 4 vinyasa practices, 1-2 restorative. Amount you bring depends on how much you typically sweat and your tolerance for re-wearing. We will be practicing on an open-air patio, unless the weather doesn’t cooperate. If we are indoors, our yoga room will be warm but not hot. Bring layers so that you don’t get cold during meditation, warm-up, savasana and restorative practice.
  • Hiking boots and socks, pair of casual shoes, flip flops for yoga/hot tub. A word about hiking boots: we definitely recommend the most lightweight, waterproof hiking boots you can find that have ankle support. Unfortunately, most of the waterproof boots are not that lightweight, but soggy boots are not fun so it’s worth the tradeoff. Goretex is good. Our preferred brands are Montrail, Oboz and Merrell.
  • Hiking clothes: we will be doing 2 longer hikes and one shorter hike. Waterproof jacket, 1-2 fleece/sweaters/sweatshirts, short-sleeve tees, shorts, pair of non-jean outdoor pants, lots of layers. Warm base layers work best on the bottom and are comfortable in almost all conditions: we recommend Patagonia and Icebreaker brands. Eddie Bauer has had some great outdoor clothing, too.

  • Bathing suit for hot tub.

  • Pair of lightweight gloves and a hat for warmth (yes, even in July & August), and a baseball cap.

  • Water bottle and lightweight, small backpack to carry lunch, camera, personal items while hiking. If you have a Camelback for water, that is much more convenient than messing around with a bottle on a hike. These items are very important, please don’t forget them! We will not allow you to hike without an adequate water supply, and without a backpack you will have to ask one of your new friends to carry your lunch!

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lots of lip balm & moisturizer (it is DRY here).

NOTE: No need to bring your own yoga mat unless you want to. We have eco-friendly JADE mats you can borrow.

Cowgirl Yogatography

Yoga & Other:

  • Dinner clothes: you’ll probably want a fresh change of clothes for almost every evening. Feel free to get dressed up, especially Cowgirl-style! (Dress-up night is usually Saturday.)
  • Yoga clothes: enough for 4 vinyasa practices, 1-2 restorative. Amount you bring depends on how much you typically sweat and your tolerance for re-wearing. We will be practicing on an open-air patio, unless the weather doesn’t cooperate. If we are indoors, our yoga room will be warm but not hot. Bring layers so that you don’t get cold during meditation, warm-up, savasana, and restorative practice.
  • Hiking boots or other outdoor shoes and socks, pair of casual shoes, flip flops, dress-up cowgirl boots.
  • Waterproof jacket, 1-2 fleece/sweaters/sweatshirts, a warm hat, short-sleeve tees, shorts, pair of non-jean outdoor pants, lots of layers. Did we mention that we can get all four seasons in one day?!
  • Bathing suit for hot tub.
  • Pair of lightweight gloves.
  • Water bottle.
  • Small backpack/bag for carrying small items around the ranch.

NOTE: No need to bring your own yoga mat unless you want to. We have eco-friendly JADE mats you can borrow.

Photography

  • Digital camera with manual control of focus, aperture, and shutter speed.
  • Camera manual: for reference, just in case.
  • 2-3 digital cards.
  • Laptop computer: so you can download and process your images for commentary and evaluation during class.
  • USB flash drive: for handing in daily image assignments.
  • Optional pre-trip assignment: make a photo that tells us something specific about what inspires your vision – this is simple, don’t overcomplicate it!

Winter Wonderland

Yoga & Other:

  • Dinner clothes: you’ll probably want a fresh change of clothes for almost every evening. Feel free to get dressed up, especially Cowgirl-style! (Dress-up night is usually Saturday.)
  • Yoga clothes: enough for 4 vinyasa practices, 1-2 restorative. Amount you bring depends on how much you typically sweat and your tolerance for re-wearing. We will be practicing on an open-air patio, unless the weather doesn’t cooperate. If we are indoors, our yoga room will be warm but not hot. Bring layers so you don’t get cold during meditation, warm-up, savasana, and restorative practice.
  • Hiking boots or other outdoor shoes and socks, pair of casual shoes, comfy slippers for your cabin or the ranch house.
  • Water bottle.
  • Small backpack/bag for carrying small items around the ranch.
  • Nordic ski clothes: think layers. Outer layer ski jacket/ski pants should be water-resistant; base layer/long underwear, fleece in between; long ski socks. Jackets with ventilation zippers are great because it is pretty easy to work up a sweat. Gloves/mittens (we love Athleta’s Polartec gloves for x-country skiing), a lightweight hat, sunglasses (remember that sun on snow is extremely bright). We love all things Polartec from Athleta. Keep in mind that Nordic ski clothes are not the same as alpine ski clothes! We can practically guarantee that you will be sweating like it is summer when we Nordic ski. Less layers and ones that you can easily remove (and carry – for example by tying around your waist) are recommended. We don’t recommend a down outer layer – or anything puffy.
  • Additional outdoor clothes for getting around the Double T River Ranch in the snow, including a good solid pair of waterproof winter boots. We will also have YakTrax and snowshoes available.
  • Sunscreen, lots of lip balm & moisturizer (it is DRY here).
  • A camera, if you are participating in the Winter Yogatography workshop, and because winter in Montana is truly a wonderland. We will also be taking plenty of pictures that we will share with you post-retreat.

NOTE: No need to bring your own yoga mat unless you want to. We have eco-friendly JADE mats you can borrow.

Yoga & Yellowstone

“Weather drama.” That’s what we say every time Montana surprises us! In the fall, it can definitely snow in the Yellowstone area. Also, if we’re hiking and gaining altitude (our longer hike option ends up at 8500 ft.), you’ll be surprised at how much cooler it can be. Hence… LOTS OF LAYERS.

Yoga & Other:

  • Dinner clothes: you’ll probably want a fresh change of clothes for almost every evening. Feel free to get dressed up, especially Cowgirl-style! (Dress-up night is usually Saturday.)
  • Yoga clothes: enough for 4 vinyasa practices, 1-2 restorative. Amount you bring depends on how much you typically sweat and your tolerance for re-wearing. Our yoga room will be warm but not hot. Bring layers so you don’t get cold during meditation, warm-up, savasana, and restorative practice.
  • Hiking boots and socks, pair of casual shoes, flip flops for yoga/hot tub. A word about hiking boots: we definitely recommend the most lightweight, waterproof hiking boots you can find that have ankle support. Unfortunately, most of the waterproof boots are not that lightweight, but soggy boots are not fun… so it’s worth the tradeoff. Goretex is good. Our preferred brands are Montrail, Oboz, and Merrell.
  • Hiking clothes: we will be doing 1 longer hike (optional) and a few shorter hikes/walks in YNP. Waterproof jacket, 1-2 fleece/sweaters/sweatshirts, short-sleeve tees, shorts, pair of non-jean outdoor pants, lots of layers. Warm base layers work best on the bottom and are comfortable in almost all conditions: we recommend Patagonia and Icebreaker brands. Eddie Bauer has had some great outdoor clothing, too.

  • Bathing suit for hot tub.

  • Pair of lightweight gloves and a hat.

  • Water bottle and lightweight, small backpack to carry lunch, camera, personal items while hiking. If you have a Camelback for water, that is much more convenient than messing around with a bottle on a hike.

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lots of lip balm & moisturizer (it is DRY here).

  • Camera, binoculars for wildlife watching.

NOTE: No need to bring your own yoga mat unless you want to. We have eco-friendly JADE mats you can borrow.