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.

Also included here are packing suggestions for our retreats in Argentina, California, and Italy.

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.
  • 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!

Culinary Cowgirl Yoga™ (Tomales, California)

Yoga & Other:

  • Dinner clothes: you’ll probably want a fresh change of clothes for almost every evening. One night we will have a cheese making class that will include dinner, so you probably don’t want to wear fancy clothing for that! Our last night will be a dress up for dinner evening.
  • Yoga clothes: enough for 5 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 yoga outdoors if the weather and temperature permits, and will also try for early morning porch meditation. Bring layers so you don’t get cold during meditation, warm-up, savasana, and restorative practice.
  • Casual and comfortable shoes, flip flops. Hiking shoes or good walking shoes (not heavy duty) if you would like to hike around the farm.
  • Waterproof jacket, 1-2 fleece/sweaters/sweatshirts, long and short-sleeved tees, shorts. layers are always a good idea no matter what the weather.
  • Bathing suit for hot tub.
  • Water bottle.
  • Small backpack/bag for daily use and carrying small items.

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; there will be 3 days of riding, the longest being 6 hours. 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.
  • Non-chafing underwear (highly recommend Patagonia brand), anti boob-bounce devices (aka sports bras).
  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lots of lip balm & moisturizer, 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.

Things to remember:

  • We are staying on a goat/sheep farm and will be around animals and milking goats. Think comfortable and casual clothes and shoes. No special goat gear is required.
  • We will be going from riding to dinner one evening, and riding to lunch one day. We will let you know the schedule ahead of time so you can bring a change of clothes if you like.
  • There are hair dryers in the farm house, and a washer and dryer.

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 in an indoor refinished barn loft; 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, long and short-sleeved 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 are safer if 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™ & Hiking Patagonia

Let the packing games begin! This one’s a bit of a challenge, since we have multiple activities that require different clothing…plus a weight restriction on the domestic flight from Buenos Aires to Bariloche. But good news: there is a washer and dryer at our lodge (and laundry soap too!). We highly recommend buying a set of compression packing cubes, they are a game changer on a trip like this.

Patagonia, like Montana, is famous for its constantly changing weather. All four seasons in one day is entirely possible.

Regarding toiletries: there is soap, shampoo and conditioner, and hair dryers in all bathrooms. If you are particular about these items, please bring your own.

Let’s break it down into categories:

Yoga

  • We will be practicing yoga every morning, and some afternoons and evenings. The 7 morning practices will be vinyasa flow (more vigorous and potentially sweaty), and the afternoon or evening practices will be more restorative. How many yoga outfits you bring depends on your capacity for rewearing, and your intention to do laundry on vacation.
  • Bring yoga layers so you don’t get cold during meditation, warm-up, savasana, and restorative practice.
  • PLEASE PACK YOUR JADE TRAVEL MAT, as we will not have extras!

Hiking

  • We will be doing 2 longer hikes and one shorter hike. Waterproof jacket, 1-2 fleece/sweaters/sweatshirts, both long and short sleeved tees, pants that convert to shorts, pair of non-jean outdoor pants, fleece vest that zips high around the neck is a staff fave. Lots of layers. Consider warm base layers: we recommend Patagonia and REI, Lululemon and Athleta also have some good options. Eddie Bauer has great outdoor clothing, too.
  • Hiking boots. 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. Tip: you might want to consider a combo riding/hiking boot, like the Ariat Terrain boot
  • Multiple pairs of non-cotton socks. SmartWool is a good brand.
  • Pair of lightweight gloves, a hat for warmth, 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! And make sure your water carrying options aren’t wimpy (super small bottles aren’t going to help you hydrate enough on all day hikes. Or even half day hikes.).

  • Sunglasses, sunscreen, lots of lip balm & moisturizer.

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 are safer if 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).
  • Helmets will be provided, or feel free to bring your own if you have room to pack it.
  • Half chaps are a fabulous idea – on long rides, the slightest tack rub can produce impressive bruises.
  • A lightweight bandana or two, to wear on your face like a bandito – seriously. It can be windy and dusty, so this will help protect your nose and mouth.

Other

  • Passport. (duh.)
  • ATM card: one of the best exchange rates is the inter-bank one, which you get if you use your ATM card. Make sure to call your bank to let them know you are traveling to Argentina. Read Fodor’s Exchanging Your Money Abroad: 10 Simple Tips.
  • Outlet adapter for Argentina (220 volts).
  • Camera, unless you plan to use just your phone.
  • Street clothes/dressier items: so you have a few options besides riding, hiking or yoga clothing! For dinners, exploring, and especially if you are adding on any time in Buenos Aires.
  • Pair of casual shoes, flip flops or slippers for yoga/lodge.
  • The Argentina travel journal we sent you.

Yoga & Hiking

“Weather drama.” That’s what we say every time Montana surprises us! For example, on our early September 2016 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.

  • 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 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. Consider warm base layers: we recommend Patagonia and REI, Lululemon and Athleta also have some good options. Eddie Bauer has 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 (we adore packs from Mystery Ranch, a Bozeman based company). 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. 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!

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, Merrell and Vasque.
  • 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. Consider warm base layers: we recommend Patagonia and REI, Lululemon and Athleta also have some good options. Eddie Bauer has great outdoor clothing, too.

  • Bathing suit for hot tub and the Boiling River. Water shoes and a beach towel for the Boiling River.

  • 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.

Yoga & Vineyard Tuscany

Fall in Italy! the best time to be there, if you ask us. Days have a warm glow, evenings are crisp. That said, the weather can be variable so layers are your best packing strategy.

Clothing

  • Yoga clothes – think layers here too. The shorty shorts you wear to hot yoga probably won’t be necessary.
  • Street clothes – for tours and sightseeing. Most important item is shoes for walking on uneven cobblestoned streets (read: comfortable).
  • Dressier clothes – keep in mind that Europe is a bit dressier than our US “athleisure” style. And Italians are pretty much always exquisitely dressed. So even if you don’t want to go for that look, bring your leather jacket, a sweet scarf, and some nice boots for a dressier accent or two…or better yet, go shopping in Florence for something snazzy.
  • You can have laundry done at the Villa for an extra charge of €15 per load . If you want to do it yourself, shop for some of those small detergent packs to bring, and plan to air dry your clothes in the Italian breeze.

Toiletries

  • The Villa has hairdryers.
  • If you tend towards motion sickness, bring meds as we’ll be traveling by bus often on winding Tuscan roads.

Yoga

  • PLEASE PACK YOUR JADE TRAVEL MAT, as we will not have extras!

Riding

If you are doing either of the optional add-on horseback rides, please bring appropriate riding clothes. Basic suggestions to keep it simple:

  • Jeans or riding pants.
  • Boots with a defined, low heel. You probably don’t want to wear the brand new Italian leather boots you just bought in Florence or Rome, unless you are ok with getting them dirty.

Other

  • Passport. (duh.)
  • ATM card: one of the best exchange rates is the inter-bank one, which you get if you use your ATM. Make sure to call your bank to let them know you are traveling to Italy. Read Fodor’s Exchanging Your Money Abroad: 10 Simple Tips.
  • Outlet adapter for Italy.
  • Water bottle.