Adventure Gear Pro Tips: Elevate Your Elopement Experience

As a luxury elopement photographer, I’ve learned that having the right gear can make all the difference in making your elopement experience truly unforgettable – from backpacks to headlamps, water to snacks, and more, we’ve got you covered.

As a luxury elopement photographer, I’ve had the privilege of capturing some of the most unforgettable and adventurous elopements in the most breathtaking locations around the world. And while the scenery and atmosphere are undoubtedly crucial to making an elopement truly unforgettable, there’s one crucial element that can make or break the entire experience: your gear.

Some adventures call for a bit more gear—don’t worry, I’ve got you covered! You might need a few of these things to make your elopement experience even more epic.


If you’re hiking or even just exploring one area, you may want to consider a backpack to hold your extra layers, water, snacks, vow books, etc. If you are carrying quite a bit of weight and/or hiking far, you will want to get one with sturdy hip straps to help take the weight off of your shoulders.


A must-have if you’re hiking in the dark! And so great for star photos, too. If you’re hiking or exploring in time to catch a sunrise or after sunset, you each need one of these!


Drink plenty of water! Staying hydrated will also help keep you from getting altitude sickness. Bring it along in a hydration pack or water bottle. For longer hikes and overnight backpacking, I recommend bringing along a water filtration system.


Don’t forget to pack tons of snacks to keep your energy up. I find for early morning hikes when I don’t have much appetite, runner’s gels or energy chews are great options to get quick calories and energy. Also consider packing a picnic to enjoy and celebrate after saying your vows.


Warming up from the inside out in cold conditions is always a treat! Consider bringing along some hot soup or a warm drink like tea, coffee, hot chocolate, a hot toddy, etc. in a thermos.

Backpacking Stove

This is a great option for doing some light cooking in the backcountry (which includes more remote areas that are not heavily trafficked by tourists and other guests). Boil water for a hot cup of tea or coffee, or cook up some oatmeal, scrambled eggs, or a backpacker’s meal!

Trekking Poles

Recommended for long and particularly steep hikes to give your knees a break. They can also help if you are hiking through any snow and need some extra stability!

Skin Protection

Sunscreen is so important to wear every day, but especially when at high altitudes and on sunny days when in the snow. Depending on your location, bug spray may be a lifesaver as well.

Camp Bathroom

When outdoors, it’s important to be prepared if you need to relieve yourself in the woods. I recommend always following Leave No Trace Principles and using Wag Bags to dispose of waste when in an area with no bathroom facilities.

As you plan your own elopement adventure, don’t forget to pack these essentials into your backpack (literally!). With the right gear, you’ll be able to focus on what matters most: each other. Whether you’re hiking to a secluded waterfall or simply taking a romantic stroll through the woods, remember to stay hydrated, fuelled, and prepared for whatever comes your way.

And if you’re ready to take your elopement adventure to the next level, let’s chat about planning your dream day!