This past week for spring break, I had the opportunity through my college, to visit the Grand Canyon National Park in Arizona. It was my first time to visit the National Park. So other than the fact I knew I was staying in a cabin and that the weather forecast predicted a high of 50 all week, I had no idea how to pack for it. I packed and repacked because I knew I didn’t want to take a lot with me, but I didn’t want to be underprepared. Thankfully I was prepared for the cold since I checked the weather forecast beforehand.
Fun Fact: There was a snow blizzard while I was there.
Use your discretion when packing. I packed for both the cold and warm weather, so you may or may not need to pack jackets/gloves/head warmers, etc. depending on when you plan on visiting.
Below is everything I took with me for a week at the beautiful Grand Canyon National Park:
Four pairs of leggings
One faux fur legging
Three athletic pairs- Brings leggings that you are okay with getting dirty, especially if you plan on hiking
Four long sleeves
10 pairs of panties- Always pack extra
Two sports bras
One T-shirt bra
Two Jackets- A windbreaker and a down jacket
Four wool socks
6 athletic socks
1 fuzzy sock to wear around the cabin
Chaco’s- If you don’t have sandals that’s okay, I doubled my Chaco’s as shower shoes. Flip flops will work just as well.
Tennis shoes- I do not own hiking shoes so I wore my regular Nike running shoes. If you do own a pair of hiking shoes then I would definitely take those.
Hydro flasks-if there is anything on this list that you absolutely must have then it is this water bottle. It is one of the best investments I have made this past year. The ice does not melt for 24hours and keeps your water cool for 48 hours. It is a lifesaver, especially when you live in Texas and the temperature reaches 105 or when you travel to the National Park.
Wet wipes- There is no bathroom on some of the trails in the canyon, except on the Bright Angel Trail, so having these on hand is a must.
Sunscreen- I bought a foundation that had 50 SPF by IT Cosmetics that did a really good job. You are 7,000 feet above sea level at the south rim so a good sunscreen with high SPF is needed.
Snacks- salty snacks are highly recommended
Face moistures- The air is drier so having good moistures on hand will keep your face from feeling rubbery