Luggage and bags:
If planning on doing a multi-day trip you will need a suitable backpack. We did the West Rim in Zion with a regular one but if doing the Subway you'll need a water-proof one. Most hikes in the state are day hikes and a day pack will suffice. You will need that for extra clothes, snacks and lots of water.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: A wide brimmed hat and sun glasses come in handy in this very sunny state. Long light pants and shirts are best for sun protection. Though generally warm during the day, the nights get chilly so you'll need a fleece, warm hat, and rain gear which doubles as a wind breaker. It did rain one or two night in the month we spent in Utah! Good sturdy hiking boots and padded socks are a must.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen and lip moisturizer. It's very dry here.
Photo Equipment: Wide angle for big expansive shots of the amazing Utah landscapes. A zoom for animal photos and a polarizer if shooting during the midday wash-out sun.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Utah is a great place to camp and you'll save lots of money as well as find yourself closer to your beautiful surroundings. Bring a tent, warm sleeping bags, mats, and a camp stove and I promise you will not regret the choice.
Most of Utah is desert. It is not only dry & hot, at night the Summer temperature can drop 40 degrees or more. Dress is casual. Even in Salt Lake City, people wear sport clothing if they want. Hiking boots are a must outside of the city.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Use sunscreen lotion & a lip protection. Don't use Chap Stick brand or other with petroleum. They dry your lips more than help them. Drink plenty of water. You'll sweat, but won't notice it, because the air is so dry.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Pitching tent in the sand is a challenge! I've seen the bigger ones blow away if you don't have it anchored with lots of stuff inside, or some other technique. Beware!
Miscellaneous: If you're not used to exercise or just walking in a high altitude, take it easy the first day or so. Even in the urban Salt Lake City, it is 4500 feet abbove sea level! You may find you tire easily. Or get light-headed. But you should adjust soon. Remember to drink lots of water, and that the effects of alcohol may be greater!
Also, the sun will stronger the closer you are to it. Really, with the thinner air, it all can add up to heat stroke. You may want to stay out of the sun during the midday hours. Wear sunscreen, too. Do I sound like your mother yet?! Hey, I just want to to stay well & have fun on your visit. Utah can 'keep you busy" having all kinds of outdoor fun. The history is very interesting, too. And you're not going to find a wider range of geology and terrain ( including many forests! ) in any part of the USA, that I know of. I could never tire of exploring Utah and I miss it a lot.
Sturdy hiking boots and a good telescoping hiking stick are invaluable if you are planning hikes into the more difficult terrain. Even for short easy hikes, comfortable walking shoes are mandatory at all times. A good sun hat can be of value at any time of the year. The photo is of my husband hiking in Park Avenue, an easy trail in Arches National Park
Photo Equipment: Be prepared to carry your camera equipment; so do not pack along anything you are not willing to carry while hiking. A zoom telephoto lens such as a 28-200 or 28-300 is good to carry. If you do not wish to carry a tripod, a hiking stick with unipod capabilities will add some extra stability for that shot.
Cotton clothing is your best bet in the summer, synthetics get too hot and sticky. Good hiking boots are a definite plus if you plan to go beyond the overlooks. Sudden, heavy rains are not unusual in July and August (their monsoon season), don't forget your rain gear. Hats are a necessity, preferably those with a brim all around to protect the back of your neck.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Bring plenty of sunblock. I found the prices a little steep in some areas.
Photo Equipment: A good camera (I prefer a manual SLR) is a must. A polarizing and/or enhancing filter are a definite plus to keep the colors truer -- strong sun can wash out color, especially in the middle of the day. Film is readily available at reasonable prices.
Luggage and bags:
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: For the desert areas of Utah.... in the summer, the days are pretty hot and dry, so bring light, loose clothing. The nights are cool, so you'll want a pair of long pants and a light windbreaker or fleece jacket.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: I'd reccommend some chapstick. Your lips will get dry out here, especially if you're not drinking enough water! Yeah... drink water, avoid pop and sugary things... they'll just dehydrate you.
Luggage and bags: Bring your hiking gear in the spring/summer. Bring your ski gear in the winter! There are a lot of ski areas within 1-2 hours of Salt Lake City. Here you see Park City. Be advised that they close for Spring Break (Apr-Jun) depending on the weather.
Miscellaneous: Leave your skis at home and rent demos from the various pro shops on State Street. Some of the world's finest ski techs live in SLC and they have the best slection of custom and off brands that you have ever seen. I really enjoy trying out all the different types, especially the powder skis. These are real fatties that you would never buy because no one gets powder like they do here.
For a September stay, layers are a necessity. Mornings and evening temps can drop dramatically--40's and 50's so fleece jackets and long sleeve tees are a good start. Days can warm up so shorts should be included as well
Photo Equipment: LOTS of film...everywhere you turn there is a picture!
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Waterproof bag and shoes are a neccesity if doing the Narrows trail
Luggage and bags:
Pack your personal stuff (clothes, etc) as light as possible. Your ski gear will seem like it weighs more than you do.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: While skiing only wear one pair of socks. It seems odd to suggest this, but actually I have found when I wear more than 1 pair, my feet will get too hot, sweat, and then I'll be really cold. That is the worst. Make sure to wear lots of layers if the temperature outside is less than 25F. Anything warmer than 25F you can get away with only your long underwear under your ski pants. A turtleneck is ideal while skiing, it helps to avoid snow down your shirt if you fall. Make sure your ski jacket has multiple zippers that open up (under the arms, chest, etc) Venthilation is very important while skiing. If you get too hot, again you will sweat. Sweating is bad because it freezes and then you are miserable.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Chapstick, sunblock, lotion. These 3 items are essential. You can actually get a sunburn while skiing so watch out. Windburn is also bad, so keep your moisturizer handy. If you have asthma, do not forget your inhaler. I usually forget mine in the car and then I have to hike back out for it and waste way too much precious skiing time.
Photo Equipment: If you are a good skiier, you can bring your good camera.....If not, bring a cheap disposable one that you will not cry over if you break it while falling. My uncle has perfected the art of skiing backwards while taking pictures of his kids. It's hard, but can be done.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: Some other essentials: warm gloves, warm hat which covers your ears, and neck wrap or scarf, goggles (especially when it is snowing)or sunglasses (make sure you have a strap on your sunglasses or they will get lost when you fall). A waist pack (as dumb as they look, I know) is very helpful while skiing.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: There's a saying here in Utah: 'If you don't like the weather, wait five minutes.' The weather is as varied as our terrain. Some of the mountains receive over 500 inches of snow in the winter. In the summer, parts of the state can reach temperatures well over 100F! Spring and fall bring every type of weather imaginable. Be prepared for anything!
Sturdy boots if you want to go hiking in Bryce Canyon. A sweater or jacket because it can get quite cold during the night.
Photo Equipment: In Bryce and Zion National Parks you can never have enough film :) A panorama camera is recommended also to fully capture the beauty of these places.
Miscellaneous: Plenty of water to drink if you go hiking.
Luggage and bags:
Definately a backpack, so much easier to carry than anything else... Also bring a light daypack for taking out hiking.
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Very sturdy hiking boots will be good for the more serious hikes, otherwise hiking/cross country trainers should be okay.
Definately bring light weight clothing for the summer, and also bring a fleece for the often chilly nights.
Toiletries and Medical Supplies: Sunscreen is an absolute must, don't ever consider going out anyway without it on...
Bring a basic first aid kit and you should be fine.
Photo Equipment: You shouldn't have a problem getting anything that you need. If you are serious about your photography, you might consider bringing a UV filter, as the sun can be very bright and intense in the summer.
Camping/Beach/Outdoor Gear: If you are out camping, bring a torch, you will need it to find your way back to your tent. There are very little lights out here, apart from the stars...
Miscellaneous: Bring a water bottle, you will definately be using it...
Miscellaneous: hard to beat this scenery. If you like this, continue to my BRYCE CANYON & SPRINGDALE/ZION NATIONAL PARK pages.
Photo Equipment: Make sure you bring your camera while traveling along in Utah. the scenery surely is great and beautiful.
Miscellaneous: Here: The balanced rock at Arches National Park.
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