What to pack for Arizona

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    on being self-contained

    by richiecdisc Written May 31, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: Backpacks and overnight bags for rare motel stays or nice friends' houses.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Good hiking boots, sandals, warm and liner socks, long light pants, long warm pants, long underwear tops and bottoms. fleece, rain pants and jacket, warm hat, sun hat, sunglasses.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen.

    Photo Equipment: Wide angle and zoom lenses, polarizer, extra batteries, multiple memory cards, laptop to download photos, car charger.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Tent, warm sleeping bags, sleeping pads, car camping stove for elaborate meals, simple backpacking stove for back country trips.

    we brought a lot, we used it all
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    Bandana!

    by IngaRita Written Jun 3, 2008

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Bring a bandana. I wish I had one. I had a lumbar pack on and my neck got fried. I ended up using a tank top to put around my neck. At water stops I soaked the top in the cool water and wrapped it around my neck. This helped to prevent sunburn and overheating. I wish i had a bandana.

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    by wantstocanoe Updated May 15, 2007

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    Luggage and bags: A day pack is a good idea for hiking, so is lots of water, this is a good place for one of those hydration systems. Sunscreen and sunglasses are a MUS

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: There is a 40 degree temperature difference between the middle of the day and the middle of the night during any given time of year. They key to climate happiness in Arizona is layers, layers, layers, bring it all!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: SUNSCREEN and RE-APPLY OFTEN or you WILL be SORRY!!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: One of those mini battery operated fans can come in pretty handy, and wearing shoes at all times in the summer is a must, your feet can get third degree burns on them just going to the mailbox! Did I mention SUNSCREEN?? SUNSCREEN!!!!

    Miscellaneous: If you are shopping for a last minute clothing item or anything, try the contemporary closet on speedway a great thrift store does a 'new' dress for less than a buck sound good to you? Wash-n-wear!! They also carry used shoes if you forgot your sandals and ridiculously cheap books if your gonna lay by the pool and read! different sale daily! Lots of kids clothes too

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    What to bring

    by kazander Updated Jan 11, 2006

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Hiking shoes if you plan to tour the many State or National parks. Lightweight clothing, layers if you go in the winter time, and a coat if you will be in the northern part of the state. Fancier clothes if you plan on going out to dinner in one of the cities,(though it's not necessary)

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, you can pick it up here if you have forgotten yours at home.

    Photo Equipment: Lots of film or media cards, both zoom and wide angle lenses, polarizer and perhaps an intensifier filter. I like having a macro lens, but really that's just a personal preference.

    Miscellaneous: you can get anything you need here so don't worry if you've forgotten anything!

    Saguaro Cactus
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    What to Pack for AZ

    by AVG2319 Written Oct 25, 2005

    Luggage and bags: For the most part sunscreen, sunglasses, swimming suit & lightweight clothing. If you plan on spending time in Northern AZ bring along some pants,sweatshirt, or coat (depending on the time of year) The temp. ranges drastically from Phoenix to even Flagstaff.

    Miscellaneous: If you are renting a car in AZ pick a light colored one, not a black car with black leather interior. There is a joke here that anyone who is driving a black car with black interior is either on vacation or nuts. The interior of the car will heat up so fast you won't be able to touch your steering wheel. If you look around you'll notice most people in this state drive light colored cars.
    Sports cars are fun to rent here and the Hummers are everywhere!

    Convertible with Golf clubs protruding

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    Don't forget the high factor sunscreen!

    by TracyG Updated Jun 15, 2005

    Luggage and bags: Definately bring a backpack if camping, a lot easier to carry and move around.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A pair of shoes with a very good grip - there are some amazing hikes in Arizona...
    If you are here in the summer, then definately bring lightweight and breathable clothes as it gets very warm... Though bring a light jumper for the evenings.
    In the winter it is really cold so wrap up warm...

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is a must in the summer, also think about bringing a very small first aid kit to carry with you on hikes, anything else you should be able to get in stores.

    Photo Equipment: Bring lots and lots of film, as film in tourist centers is hugely overpriced.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are out camping bring a torch, to keep an eye out for snakes on the ground if out wandering back to camp in the dark......

    Miscellaneous: If you are going to be doing lots of hikes then take a waterbottle with you - they are invaluable.

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    Large Hat, Sunscreen and Water!

    by kop-queen Written Jun 7, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: Take a cooler bag (soft folding one) and buy lots of bottled water. Freeze or chill in your hotel fridge at night and pop in the bag in the car as you travel.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Walking shoes, whether you are a serious hiker or not!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen, sunscreen and more sunscreen - preferably with fly repellant incorporated (though we did not suffer from insect bites but maybe that was because the stuff worked).

    Photo Equipment: Since my Pentax SLR jammed on the first day I made do with my digital and it did a great job. Also was smaller and lighter to carry around.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: layers - its very hot in the day and can be very cool at night.

    Miscellaneous: We bought cowboy hats which were fantastic keeping the sun off our necks and shoulders.

    it's hot and dry
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    Be sensible and have fun!

    by kymbanm Written May 6, 2005

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    Luggage and bags: 1. A day bag that will hold your ever-present water bottle and your camera :)

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 2. Jeans - don't need to be pressed and starched, but can be if you choose ...
    3. Boots - from rock star trendy to on the farm cowboy boots ... doesn't matter! Wear w/ your jeans, a dress/skirt or whatever ... okay just don't wear w/ your shorts!
    4. Layered clothing. The weather is mostly sunny, but being desert, temperatures can vary 30 degrees F in a 24 hour period. Plan for both hot and cool climates while here, so layering is 'a good thing'.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: 5. SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN, SUNSCREEN!!!! SPF15 at a minimum - regardless of the time of year. High desert alitutude change the way you'll respond to the sun so even if you normally won't burn in the winter - your skin will be affected - so be prepared :)
    6. Moisturizer (inside and out) is imperative. The high desert and quite arid. Your body will shrivel like a raisin in the sun if you don't drink lots of water and use moisturizer!

    Photo Equipment: 7. Camera of your choice. The sky, architecture, and natural beauty is awe-inspiring. You don't want to go outside without your camera!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: 8. Walking shoes. You will wander and walk - your feet will always appreciate good walking shoes.

    Miscellaneous: 9. Altitude sickness is a problem for many who travel from sea level. It can be a simple as a headache, or more serious.
    10. Rest, WATER (an ounce per pound of body wieght please), and respecting your body's own messaging system are imperative :) Keep in mind that the deserts in this reagoin vary in altitude from below sea level to over 7000ft above it!
    11. If you are prone to allergies, bring your usual stash of anti-allergy meds and remedies. Being in a dry environment can exacerbate your allergies.
    12. Glasses. Being arid, some find their contacts uncomfortable here - so bring your glasses to give your eyes a rest :) And of course, being the desert, don't forget your sunglasses!

    Standard accessory in the Southwest :)
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    Warm by day cold at night

    by goingsolo Updated May 3, 2005

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: From late October until early May, Arizona has a temperate and pleasant climate. Days are usually sunny and a perfect temperature. Bring a jacket for the evenings though as this is the desert and once the sun sets, the temperature drops considerably.

    The summer is another story. Many people speak about dry heat, but I can't fathom how 120 degrees fahrenheit could possibly be dry. The summer is also monsoon season and severe thunderstorms can begin in late afternoon pretty much without warning. Unlike the wintertime, the setting sun brings little relief as it can remain in triple digits under the cover of darkness.

    Don't pack this much!

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    Shake and Bake

    by madamx Written Apr 18, 2005

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Make sure that you bring layers with you, especially if you are travelling during the spring like we did. The desert can get suprisingly cool at night, and of course, very hot during the day. The Grand Canyon can get snow into June, as it is situated at 7,000 feet. A wide-brimmed hat is handy as well, and I noticed there are many for sale at reasonable prices in Arizona, if you can't find one in your hometown.

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Make sure you bring a high SPF sunscreen, especially if you don't have a base tan like we didn't, coming out from a Canadian winter.

    Javalina Mom and Baby

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    by 34N118W Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Any bag will do!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Lake Havasu is like a summer-long Mardi Gras, so you'll need plenty of beads if you hope to get anyone to flash you. Oh... and don't forget your sunscreen. I saw a poor fellow or two with some serious and painful looking sunburns! Bathingsuit... that's optional! =P

    Photo Equipment: You definitely should bring some sort of camera to capture this hedonistic party... talk about one big kodak moment!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: There are places to camp along the lake, but the heat is so intense that you'll probably want to opt for the comfortable hotel.

    Miscellaneous: You'll need to bring an open mind and a healthy sense of humor for this adventure!

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    by doreen_Taos Written Sep 7, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: You might not want to take too many bags, because the airport is big and is under construction which means more walking and detours.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Pack clothing for hot weather all the time! In December-Febuary you might want to take a lite jacket.
    Don't forget comfortable shoes.

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    by dzni Updated Aug 26, 2002

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    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: HOT! The weather is HOT here. OK, not totally... but Phoenix can get sizzling in the 110's regularly, and most of the desert areas will be pretty hot. However, go to Flagstaff and it will be pretty cool... 70's? Even the top of the grand canyon isn't always hot, especially in the evenings. Anyway... so bring plenty of shorts, but also bring a pair of long pants and a jacket just in case. The Grand Canyon can get snow in winter, by the way!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen.... you can get really burnt here! Not only do you have altitude working against you, but just the constant beating of the sun. Ouch!

    Photo Equipment: Bring plenty of film. But also realize that unless you're an experienced photographer, you may not get the photos you wants. Well, maybe what I mean by this is that photos cannot do the Grand Canyon justice!! You can't get a feeling for its size through photos.

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    by BizzareLove Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: bring an extra bag... you'll need it to hold all the new stuff you bought

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: want to be able to dress in layers ... unless you go in the summer time then you just want and light and cool clothing as possible

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: SUNSCREEN!!!! not many clouds makes for a very very sunny vacation

    Photo Equipment: lots of film there will be so much to take pictures of.. we came back with over 300 digital pictures!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: lots and lots of water!

    Miscellaneous: travel diary... you'll want to write everything down so you can remember it :) have fun and enjoy!

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    by hansash Written Aug 26, 2002

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    Luggage and bags: Backpack and carry-on! I'd loose the carry-on, it was too much! Didn't leave my hands free! I downsized that day!!!

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Rises in elevation can take you from 70 degree in the day to frezing at night! WEAR! Beware! Be prepared!

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Some say a snakebite kit, I never needed a thing! But, I always got the basic first aid kit.

    Photo Equipment: A camera is a must!

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Know the areas day time and night time temperatures they can raise and lower quickly.

    Miscellaneous: An open heart and mind.

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