hat to protect against the sun
light and heavier clothing may be needed...temperature is 5 degrees fahrenheit lower for each 1000 feet of elevation, so the overlooks (e.g., Dante's Peak) may be 25 degrees cooler than the bottom of the valley. It is also quite breezy beside the Ubehebe Crater. I was there in March, and needed a jacket during the day beside the crater and at Dante's Peak.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: sunblock
Miscellaneous: WATER...lots of it. This is the desert!
Luggage and bags:
A Roadmap Can Help Guide Your Way
The American Automobile Association (AAA) publishes an excellent map of Death Valley. This is a great map of the road network in the park. More importantly, it shows the locations of the major attractions. On the back of the map is a brief description of the attractions. It also states which attractions are accessible only by a four-wheel drive road.
The map is free to AAA members. If you are a member, it is definitely worth getting. If you are not a member, you might consider purchasing it. I it is reasonably priced. I saw it for sale in the Stovepipe Wells gift shop.
When packing for Death Valley, keep in mind that this is a vast desert, so be prepared just in case your car decides it has had enough of the heat. Carry lots of water for people, animals (if any), and a thirty radiator. Radiator water is available at some locations, but you may not be able to reach the water if you car overheats. A roll of emergency tape could save the day for repairing leaking radiator hoses.
Be sure to bring water whenever you go hiking in Death Valley.
Other things to bring include sunscreen, water, sunglasses, water, a hat, hiking boots, a good map, and did I mention water. Bring a swimming suit as both Stovepipe Wells and Furnace Creek have pools for their guests.
Comfortable shoes and light clothes. Death Valley is extremely hot and the ground is generally either rock, sand, or salt. Wear comfortable, cool shoes that you don't mind getting scuffed up.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring lots of sunscreen - Number 30, if possible. The sun in Death Valley is very intense.
Photo Equipment: Bring extra film or memory for your camera. There is more to photograph than you would first think.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Pack a cooler with lots of ice, water, and food in case your car breaks down.
Miscellaneous: We would advise renting a satellite phone (Iridium or Globalstar). The distances in the park are vast and you want to be able to call for help if your car breaks down. There is no conventional cellular phone service in Death Valley. You should view the $100 that you will pay to rent a satellite phone for the week as being like an insurance policy.
Luggage and bags:
A bag with half a gallon to 1 gallon of water in it should be at arms length at any time.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: During Feb, it can get pretty windy out there. For example near the Ubehebe crater, the wind is really strong. You might need some protective clothing for you face/ears et al.
Although the sun was not merciless during our trip, there were times when we realised how scorching the sun can be. Have enough sun cream and good pair of sun glasses.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Get something to soothen your worn out muscles. After long hikes you might need it.
Photo Equipment: Extra batteries.
Films (lots of it)
Enough memory cards (if you are using a digital camera).
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: A Flashlight is very helpful if you want to step out into the night. If you want to do outdoor photography in the night you might need a flashlight to even set up your equipment.
Miscellaneous: A compass. If you want to hike beyond the normal trails you might need the compass. In case the clouds decide to give the sun a break (when we were there the cloud cover was so heavy that we did not have any clue on the where the sun was) you might need a compass to help you in orienting yourself.
Photo Equipment: I was surprised to find Death Valley to be such a beautiful place. There is so much to see and such vivid color in the formations that you'll likely find yourself taking more pictures than you intended. I know I did. For this reason, its a good idea to bring along some extra film.
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