How to Pack Your Bags for Joshua Tree

What to bring for an adventure that’s two hours and a world away from L.A.

Get a hemp-y smoothie and shaved carrot-heavy salad at The Natural Sisters Cafe, pick through dusty shelves of glossy rocks, Mexican jumping beans, incense, and Clif Bars at Coyote Corner, and then go get lost on beds of hot boulders.

With its Dr. Seuss-esque trees and sweeping skies, Joshua Tree is just the place for a weird, relaxing, and mysterious mini-vacation. Make sure that everything you pack can fit into a single backpack and then forget about your life for the weekend. If you wander far enough into the park, you’ll even lose cell reception–the ultimate luxury.

Our picks for your two-hour-away-adventure are ahead.


Thakoon Addition striped woven cotton-blend hooded top, $349 at Barneys New York


Adam Lippes Oversized printed silk-crepe kaftan, $1,390 at


Madewell crop tee, $19.99 at Madewell


Earth Tu Face Face Balm, $62 at Ooga Booga


Arielle de Pinto Friendship Bracelet, $190 at Ooga Booga


Linda Farrow 340 Sunglasses, $1,453 at


Balenciaga Classic Traveler Lambskin Backpack, $1,634 at Neiman Marcus


Rene Caovilla Embellished lace-covered leather sneakers, $1,140 at