What to pack for Grand Canyon National Park

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    Good to go

    by goodfish Updated Jan 14, 2013

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    Luggage and bags: Day-pack: keeps your hands free and provides lots of room to pack water, snacks, sunglasses, wet-wipes, Advil, bandaids, jacket, your camera, etc.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: The temps can change in a hurry so be prepared for anything. In summer, it can be hot during the day but much cooler at night. Shorts and jeans, t-shirts, hat, good socks, weather-resistent jacket for the warmer months. During winter, boots, fleece, longjohns, mittens, heavy jacket, etc. need to come along; layers are best.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: The usual. Bandaids or moleskin if planning to hike. A good antibacterial cream, sunscreen, pain relievers for a sun/altitude headache and sore muscles, etc. Wetwipes to clean up scrapes and dirty hands.

    Be sure to bring any anaphylactic medications you need if allergic to stings

    Photo Equipment: Camera and film, extra memory cards and charger. You'll take a ton of pictures: don't forget to re-charge your digital every night.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: The usual. Check with the park for any restrictions regarding camp stoves.

    Miscellaneous: Water bottles

    Snacks: we often pack along our own granola bars and gorp from bulk packages purchased at home. Little bags tuck nicely in odd corners of the suitcase, and it's a lot cheaper than buying this stuff there.

    Different sizes of plastic bags: they come in handy for packing out garage, containing leaky water bottles, and all sorts of other stuff. A garbage bag, good for keeping you dry in an unexpected shower, packs small and light and can double as a dirty-laundry bag.

    Flashlight: parts of the the village are very dark at night.

    Small pair of binoculars

    Spare pair of glasses or extra contacts, if you wear them

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    bring it and they will use it

    by richiecdisc Written Jun 5, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: backpack is essential for doing a trip to the canyon floor, day bag for day hikes

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: light long pants and shirts for sun protection, sun hat, sunglasses, fleece jacket and hat for evenings/mornings/weather changes, sturdy boots, sandals for camp, warm socks, liner socks, rain gear just in case though we saw no rain in a week

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunscreen, toilet paper on backpacking trips as toilets are not equipped with it

    Photo Equipment: wide angle (the Grand Canyon is WIDE), zoom for lizards, polarizer if taking pictures in middle of day (but why do that?)

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: tent, sleeping bag, sleeping mat, stove, fuel

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    Travel light!

    by Jerelis Updated Dec 22, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: * Map and guidebook;
    * Crackers;
    * 2 Liter of water;
    * Fruit / power bars.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: * Hiking boots;
    * 1 extra t-shirt;
    * Shorts with many pockets;
    * Sunglasses;
    * Fleece type jacket;
    * Hat / cap;
    * Raincoat.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: * Lip balm;
    * (Neck) sunblock;
    * Band-aids.

    Photo Equipment: * Camera and lots of films!
    * Filter;
    * Extra batteries;
    * Lens 210 mm.

    Miscellaneous: * Binocular;
    * Compass.

    Here we go ...
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    • Historical Travel

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    Pack a lot of energy!

    by ceswho Updated Jul 26, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: Depending on what season you will be at the park, packing can be a challenge.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Layer of clothes, hiking shoes during the colder months.

    Light clothing , hiking sandals/shoes during the warm/hot season

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: If you get elevation sickness there is a walk in clinic at the Grand canyon Village, Mon-Fri 9am-7pm, Sat. 10am-4pm, Sun closed. Phone (928) 638-2551
    24 hour Emergency Care Dial 911.
    Dentist: call (928) 638-2395 for hours.

    Sunscreen during hot seasons.

    Photo Equipment: Digital cameras, 35 mm cameras, lots of films.
    1-Hour Photo Processing at the Canyon Village Marketplace; Open daily 9am-5pm

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Camping below the rim require permits($10.00)and fees($5.00 per person). Overnight backpacking provides a degree of solitude, wildness and silence that is increasingly difficult to find. Permits is reserved four months in advance. Contact Backcountry Information Center P.O. Box 129 Grand Canyon, AZ 86023 USA.
    Tel: (928) 638-7875 (1:00 pm -5:00 pm Mon -Fri) Website: www.nps.gov/grca

    Miscellaneous: Camping , hiking, and backpacking equipments may be purchased or rented at the Canyon Village Marketplace(general stores). Limited repair service is also available.

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