What to pack for Grand Canyon

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    Chris photographing the snow storm
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    It's chilly up there

    by toonsarah Written Feb 23, 2010

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: If you’re planning to visit the North Rim take warm clothes even at the height of summer. We didn’t have anything quite warm enough to cope with the freezing temperature of our first evening there, and I ended up wearing both of the thin cotton jumpers that I’d packed, one on top of the other. I recommend a fleece for the chilly evenings – you’ll need it for walking between your cabin and the lodge, or if you want to participate in the evening events programme or simply take a stroll outside to see the sunset and/or stars.

    Days can be warm though, even on the North Rim and certainly on the South, so thin cotton tops or t-shirts and light-weight trousers or shorts are fine. You’ll want comfortable shoes for walking, even if only on the shorter trails, and obviously proper hiking shoes and other equipment are needed if you’re planning to hike down into the Canyon.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen with a high SPF is a must. This is desert country, after all, and even in the chill of the higher elevations the sun can burn you. There are no other real hazards, though flies can be a nuisance and you might want to take repellent and an itch relieving cream. There are shops in all the more developed areas so if you forget anything it shouldn’t be a problem – apart from prescription medicines naturally, which you should always take when you travel.

    Photo Equipment: Take plenty of memory cards and/or film – you won’t be able to stop pressing that shutter button! A wide-angle lens is a must to capture these sweeping panoramas, but a zoom is useful too for wildlife and also to pick out interesting rock formations.

    Miscellaneous: A torch might come in handy, although the pathways between lodge and cabins are fairly well lit.

    Chris photographing the snow storm
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    Don't forget...

    by clueless83 Written Jan 24, 2010

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Wear sensible shoes, sunglasses and you may want a hat

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: You may also want to take sun lotion as its hot in the desert. Also take some travel sickness pills if you're flying there.

    Photo Equipment: Don't forget your camera!

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    • Desert
    • National/State Park

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    Be Prepared

    by cjg1 Written Mar 24, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: Small caryon bag and a backpack

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts, tees, boots, thick socks, hat, umbrella....all the things needed to do some canyon hiking.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Plenty of sunblock and bug repellent

    Photo Equipment: Digital camera, memory card, card reader, video camera

    Miscellaneous: Refillable water bottles

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    Pack LIGHT

    by Jhepner Written Jun 21, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: Pack as light as possible for overnight hikes into the Canyon. Do NOT bring anything that is not absolutely essential. Make water your heaviest item when going into the Canyon. Whatever you bring down, you will have to bring back up with you. We went in June and the temperature at the bottom of the canyon never went below 95, even at night so sleeping bags are optional as is the tent. Remember, you don't want to have to haul it back out if you don't use it when your there.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good hiking shoes are very important. Make sure to have head gear or at least a towel to put over your head to keep the sun from scorching you in the summer heat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Always bring a basic medical kit, including gauze, ace bandages, and bandaids. Also bring plenty of sunscreen and/or Aloe vera ointment for sunburns.

    Miscellaneous: Bring dry food. Mountain meals are great as all they require is hot water and you can eat right out of the bag so you don't need any dishes. Try to make items serve multiple purposes to reduce bringing extra things.

    THAT's a HEAVY pack!!
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    • Backpacking
    • Camping

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    Flashlight could come in handy

    by mikehanneman Written May 16, 2007

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    Miscellaneous: Depending upon what time of year it is and how quickly it gets dark, you may need a flashlight. I was hiking last August and found myself trying to hike up the Soutrh Kaibab trail when I ran into another family with kids. I had the presence of mind to pack a flashlight. I asked the other family how they would be able to see going back up the trail - especailly with kids.

    They were thankful I had a flashlight. I was happy about it too.

    Hiking out of the Canyon at dusk with a flashlight

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    Bring a jacket/sweatshirt

    by mikehanneman Written May 16, 2007

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Because the Grand Canyon is very dry and has little humidity, you will notice big swings in temperatures.

    The heat spikes early during the day and then drops like a rock at night. A jacket or sweatshirt would be a very good idea.

    Coyote along the South Rim

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    Roundtrip USA.... the next page

    by sim1 Updated Feb 24, 2005

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    Luggage and bags:
    This was my story about my trip to the Grand Canyon. I hoped you enjoyed reading it! This page is part of my roundtrip through the USA. I made an awesome trip through the Western part of the USA. Take a look at my USA page to read about the rest of this roundtrip.
    I devided this travelstory into several chapters. My previous and next chapter are :
    Previous page : Route 66, on my Flagstaff page
    Next page : Monument Valley

    Monument Valley

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