Glacier National Park What to Pack

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    being prepared for the elements at Glacier

    by richiecdisc Updated Dec 2, 2009

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    Luggage and bags: Glacier has an amazing backcountry so bring your backpack if so inclined. This is also the way to go if you come without your own vehicle and are using park shuttles. Otherwise, a day pack will suffice for the park's many day hikes to suit all levels of hikers.

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A pair of good sturdy hiking boots and cushioned socks will work wonders for your feet if you plan on hitting the trails, something you really ought to do in this glorious park. Dress in synthetic layers so you are prepared for Glacier's very changeable weather. This is generally a high elevation park and the latitude reading lets you know it is very far north too. Rain gear is essential and it can snow any time of year so don't forget a warm hat.

    Photo Equipment: A wide angle lens allows you to bring the foreground into your photos, making them more interesting. A good zoom comes in handy for the all the wildlife photo opportunities you will have if hiking in the park, and just in case you see a bear. A tripod for low light situations and cute couple shots.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: This is a wonderful park to camp in so bring your tent, sleeping bags, and mats. Be prepared for chilly nights any time of year.

    Miscellaneous: Someone to backpack and hike with, this is no place to do either alone. Thanks for taking the risk and responsiblity, D, and for being there to reap the reward with me too.

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    • Backpacking
    • Camping

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    Be Prepared!

    by Hopkid Updated Aug 27, 2005

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    On the PIegan Pass trail.

    Luggage and bags: Day pack/hydration pack that can fit snacks/lunch, rain shell, fleece, camera, water, hiking book. The best ones have ties on the outside that allow you to secure a rolled up jacket on the outside leaving room for other things in the inner compartments (see photo and note my rolled up rain jacket on the bottom of my Camelback).

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Shorts, pants (pants with removable legs are ideal), good hiking shoes (already broken in!)and socks, hat (wide-brimmed is preferred to baseball types), shirt made of a good wicking material, bandana (as a headband for sweat or to cover your neck), rain shell, fleece jacket, Tevas or flip-flops to change into after your hike

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Camping/backpacking first aid kit, antibacterial soap

    Photo Equipment: Camera with a good wide angle lens for landscape shots and a good telephoto for wildlife and flower shots.

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Water purifier

    Miscellaneous: Bug spray/mosquito repellent (A MUST!), sunscreen, sunglasses, water bottles or a hydration pack, powdered fluid replenishment drink (e.g., Gatorade or PowerAde), moleskin, pocket knife, binoculars

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    • Hiking and Walking
    • Backpacking

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    Mosquito Repellent or Living Hell

    by mrclay2000 Written Feb 25, 2003

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    Luggage and bags: backpack, sleeping bag, tent, etc

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: sturdy shoes, shirts that wick moisture, extra layers for the windy highcountry and alpine areas

    Toiletries and Medical Supplies: mosquito repellent is a must! cow parsnip in the summer is a veritable hive for mosquito activity

    Photo Equipment: zoom lens and higher speed film

    Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: hooded layers, rainjacket/suit

    Miscellaneous: sunscreen

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    • Hiking and Walking

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    Proper hiking shoes or boots...

    by lauriejeanne Written Apr 24, 2003

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    Don't get too close...

    Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: ...are essential as inside the forest, moist air and spray from the waterfalls can cause a slippery slope!

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    • Mountain Climbing
    • Hiking and Walking

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