What to Pack for a Stargazing Getaway

Few recreational activities put things in perspective quite like stargazing. The vast universe above presents countless opportunities to discover new information about the night sky while relieving stress.

If you're planning a stargazing trip, it's important to come prepared with the right essentials to maximize visibility. Take a look at this overview of what to pack for a stargazing getaway.

Friends and Family

The night sky is indescribable. If you really want to share your appreciation for astronomy, the best way to do it is to bring along friends or family members on your stargazing trip.

Teach your children the wonders of the universe through the eyes of a telescope. Telescopes at High Point Scientific work well for backyard astronomers and semi-pros alike.


The hood of your car might be a great place to watch 4th of July fireworks, but it's a poor option for seating when stargazing. Bring along a beach towel or blanket so you can lie down throughout the evening.

Bring along a tarp if you're visiting a site right after rainfall. This helps to keep your blankets dry while you relax and look up at the stars.


You'll need a powerful telescope to get the most out of your stargazing trip. Bring along your dew shield, Moon filter, and other accessories that allow you to see certain attractions with more clarity.

Be sure to give each person on your trip ample time using the telescope after a brief tutorial on making adjustments. Always supervise children around large telescopic equipment to avoid potential injury or damages.

Place a beach towel beneath the legs of your tripod to help stabilize the telescope.


It's costly to have more than one telescope on a stargazing trip. Aim to have more than one pair of binoculars instead.

The added stargazing device allows everyone to take their time during their time using the telescope. It also means you have the means to keep young children occupied if your stargazing trip involves families.

Red Flashlight

The goal of your stargazing trip is to find a dark, remote location. It'll take your eyes a minute to adjust to the darkness around you.

Keeping a red flashlight on hand helps to provide visibility once your eyes have adjusted to the dark. When you need to take your eyes away from your telescope, the red glow requires only a minimal adjustment when switching between darkness and light.


A good telescope is an investment. You'll want both hands free while you set up and breakdown your equipment while in a remote location.

It's a good idea for everyone to wear headlamps while packing up to keep an eye out for potential trip hazards. Even if you're careful, someone else's trip and fall in darkness can cause damages to the equipment or injuries.

Stargazing Gear

Much of the same stargazing gear you use in your backyard can be used while out on location. The key to making your stargazing trip a success is to focus on inclusiveness and safety.

Giving everyone a chance to participate in stargazing activities creates shared memories that'll last a lifetime. For more information and tech tips, visit our blog for updates.