If you’re planning to visit any US National Parks in the fall, it’s important to pack the right clothing and gear for the activities you’ll do at the park.
When it’s time to start packing for your trip, use our fall packing list for National Parks so you don’t leave anything behind!
It’s also good to know what weather and temperatures to expect so you can still enjoy the outdoors even if the conditions aren’t ideal.
Download a copy of the packing checklist below!
FALL PACKING LIST FOR NATIONAL PARKS
The National Park Checklist for fall is fairly comprehensive, and you may not need every item depending on your type of travel, things you will do, or weather conditions when you visit. Make modifications to the lists as needed.
There are a variety of US National Parks to visit in the fall and weather, region and elevation are important to consider when packing. We recommend you check the forecast for the dates of your visit and pack accordingly!
Pack and wear layers for the cool mornings and evenings you’ll find in the fall. You’re also prepared for any storms that may quickly roll in unexpectedly.
Fall Packing Checklist
The America the Beautiful Annual Pass
The US National Park Pass is a good deal, especially if you’ll be visiting more than one park during the year. It’s valid for one year from the date of purchase. For the most current information on passes, reference the National Park Service website.
If you’re a US citizen these other passes are also available: Senior Pass if you’re over 62, Military Pass, and 4th Grade Pass.
Did you know the pass allows two signatures so it can be shared? Those two people don’t have to be related either. You will need to show photo ID each time you use the pass.
You can order passes online or get them at any of these Federal Recreation Areas. We like to buy our National Park pass through REI – they donate 10% of sale proceeds to the National Park Foundation which is cool!
Daypack for Outdoor Activities in the Fall
- Reusable water bottle
- Hydration pack
- Healthy snacks
- Flashlight or headlamp
- National Park Guides and Maps
- Lip balm
- Hand lotion
- Toilet paper
- Disposable urination device & feminine hygiene products
- Toilet bags
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Bags to pack out trash
Hiking Gear for the Fall
- Hiking shoes
- Darn Tough socks – the BEST socks ever – really!
- Trekking poles
- What to Bring on a Day Hike
- Hiking Gear and Tips for Kids
- Photography Gear for Hiking
- Best Cameras for Hiking
Clothing for a Fall Vacation
Wicking is something you’ll want for all clothing that touches skin because it pulls moisture (sweat) away from you and moves it to the fabric’s outer surface, where it can dry quickly.
This type of clothing lets you break a sweat without feeling clammy or chilled. In the fall, it’s all about the LAYERS when doing outdoor activities.
- Wicking, quick-drying clothing
- Fleece jacket is a staple clothing item for outdoor adventure!
- Rain jacket
- Bandana, buff headband or brimmed sunhat
Other Gear to Pack for Fall Travel
- Cell phone
- Portable charger
- Blister balm – you won’t need this if you wear Darn Tough socks (just sayin’)
SHOP FOR US National Park Guides and Maps:
- BEST compact travel cameras
- Camera bag
- BEST travel tripods
- Memory cards
- Extra batteries
- FREE Download: camera gear checklist!
Download and print the FALL NATIONAL PARK PACKING LIST to use over and over!