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Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.
Written Feb 25, 2003
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: 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.
Updated May 2, 2005
Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: Family Travel
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.
Written Aug 24, 2002
Miscellaneous: hard to beat this scenery. If you like this, continue to my BRYCE CANYON & SPRINGDALE/ZION NATIONAL PARK pages.
Updated Aug 24, 2002
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