Summer Packing List for National Parks

We’ve put together a summer packing list for National Parks to help you make sure you have everything you need for your trip.

The list is fairly comprehensive, and you may not need every item depending on your type of travel or the things you will do. Modify the list as needed.

There are a lot of US National Park vacation ideas for summer travel. Depending on where you go will determine what you’ll need to pack!

Be sure to download the packing list for summer for free below!

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Weather, region and elevation are important to consider when packing for a US National Park trip in the summer. Be sure to plan for locations with excessive heat, summer monsoons and other weather conditions and check the forecast so you pack accordingly!

Sun protection (sunscreen, sun hat and sunglasses) and hydration (refillable water bottles or hydration pack) are important for travel during the summer months.

You’ll also want to wear wicking, quick-drying clothing (underclothesUV shirtspants or shorts) that pulls sweat away from your body and out to the fabric where it can dry quickly.

Summer Packing Checklist

National Parks 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.

The America the Beautiful pass allows two signatures so it can be shared, and the two people don’t have to be related. Keep in mind you will need to show photo ID each time you use the pass.

We like to buy our pass through REI – they donate 10% of sale proceeds to the National Park Foundation which is cool! Plus that purchase goes toward our REI annual member dividend. You can also get them at any of these Federal Recreation Areas.

Daypack Items for Outdoor Activities in the Summer

Hiking Gear for the Summer

get the free day hike packing list

Clothing for the Summer

In the summer you’ll want to wear wicking clothing so it pulls moisture (sweat) away from you and moves it to the fabric’s outer surface, where it can dry quickly. Wicking clothing allows you to sweat without feeling clammy or chilled.

Other Gear


national park guides and maps

Camera Equipment

→ Download the camera gear checklist!

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

camera accessories

CLICK HERE to get the summer packing checklist to download, print and use it over and over!

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