During Spring Break, I had the opportunity to visit the Grand Canyon. It was grander than I thought and more beautiful in person than all the google pictures out there. It was worth the 13-hour drive from Lubbock, Texas. While I was there, I realized a couple of things:
1. I need to buy a bigger water bottle because I do not want to keep refilling my up every two hours.
2. That you will meet people from all over the world, and all you have to do is say, "Hi, I am Gabby, whats yalls name? Where are yall from?" and you will hear so many different stories.
3. That snow is common in the park, and packing for two different types of weather is not easy.
This goes without saying but, I will say it, you NEED to drink water consistently when you are visiting the Grand Canyon. At the south rim, you are 7,000 feet above sea level, which means if you don't drink water, you are going to get dehydrated, headaches, and grouchy real quick. If you are planning on hiking then, its best to invest in a water bottle that will last you a good while and will keep your water cold.
The water bottle that I highly recommended, and the one most park rangers in the canyon used, is a Hydroflask. I have one as seen above, but there are many sizes, lids, colors available to purchase anywhere.
Having salty snacks was highly recommended by our park ranger. She said it was important for us to eat salty snacks throughout the day because it will cause us to get thirsty and therefore drink more water. In general, walking all day from 9 am to 4 pm means you will get hungry. The lunch I packed every day included:
Two peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
If you plan on hiking into the Grand Canyon, a backpack is a must. They tell you to pack at least 2-3 liters of water for a day hike. I packed two reusable water bottles ( one Hydroflask and one Camelback) and two Dasani water bottles for back up. I also carried snacks and lunch in it. Therefore, you need a good backpack that can carry all that weight and can hold more if necessary.
I carried a North Face backpack that I purchased off of Amazon two years ago. It is also the backpack I use for school, trips to caverns, and my trips abroad. I have loved it so far and recommend it to anyone that is looking for a good everyday backpack.
My best friend carried a Camelback hydration pack. If you are into hiking, and looking into investing in a good sturdy small backpack then a Camelback is a place to start. It gives the hiker the ease to drink water from a mouthpiece that is located on the shoulder strap, without having to stop and pull a water bottle out. The downside to this backpack is that they are on the smaller end.
You are closer to the sun at the Grand Canyon at 7,000 feet, which means you are more than likely going to get sunburnt and/or get tanned. I went during spring break (March) and, it was still sunny with a dose of cold winds.
The sunscreen that I wore when I wasn't hiking or when I was going out to take photos was the IT cosmetics called "Bye Bye Foundation Full Coverage Moisturizer." It has an SPF of 50 and is very buildable, depending on how much coverage you want. It made my skin look flawless while giving me the sun protection that I needed.
The days I went hiking, I wore my Clarins moisturizer that has an SPF 20 built into it.
Sturdy Hiking Boots
If you plan on hiking into the grand canyon, wear legitimate hiking boots. I made the mistake of just wearing my Nike shoes. They were good, enough to walk along the south rim or just around the park. Not, when you are hiking down into the canyon having hiking boots is recommended due to the ground being loose and sometimes wet so, you are risking getting your ankle twisted and falling because your shoes don' t have a good grip.