Fall Packing List for National Parks

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 Parkso you don’t leave anything behind!

fall packing list for national parks

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!


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

Hiking Gear for the Fall

get the free day hike packing list

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.

Other Gear to Pack for Fall Travel


national park guides and maps

Camera Equipment

Camera Gear at Amazon | Camera Gear at B&H Photo

camera accessories

Download and print the FALL NATIONAL PARK PACKING LIST to use over and over!

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