US National Park Packing Lists: Spring, Summer, Fall and Winter (Printable)

When it’s time to start packing for your trip, use our US National Park Packing List printables for spring, summer, fall and winter.

After searching for US National Park vacation ideas and picking a destination, you need to know what to pack!

When embarking on an adventure to explore the mesmerizing landscapes of US National Parks, it’s crucial to be well-equipped with a well-thought-out packing list.

National Park packing lists

The lists are fairly comprehensive and you may not need every item depending on your type of travel or the things you will do. Make modifications to the lists as needed.

We’ve been visiting National Parks in the US for years. This list is based on our many experiences traveling during all four seasons: spring, summer, fall, and winter.

Grab your free download of the printable National Park packing lists below!

Hiking at Zion National Park in the winter
Hiking at Zion National Park in the winter
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US National Park Packing List

Weather, region and elevation are important to consider when packing for a US National Park trip. Weather can be unpredictable any time of year, so be sure to check the forecast and pack accordingly!

Planning and preparation are key when when visiting the US National Parks. Research the weather, region and elevation of the parks you’ll visit to help you know what to pack.

Photographer at Grand Teton National Park
Grand Teton National Park

National Park Packing Checklist

You may not need every item we list below, depending on your type of travel, the time of year, or the things you will do. Make modifications to the lists as needed.

America the Beautiful Park Pass

The America the Beautiful Annual Pass

We highly recommend you get the US National Park Pass, especially if you’ll be visiting multiple parks. It’s valid for one year from the date of purchase.

Check the National Park Service website for the most current pricing information.

If you’re a US citizen these other passes are also available:

  • Senior Pass if you’re over 62
  • Military Pass
  • 4th Grade Pass

One of the cool features of the national parks pass is it allows two signatures so the pass can be shared. The two people don’t have to be related either. You will need to show photo ID each time you use the pass.

You can also get the America the Beautiful Pass at any Federal Recreation Area.

Hiking with kids at Arches National Park
Hiking with kids at Arches National Park

Daypack Items for Outdoor Activities at National Parks

Knowing what to bring on a day hike can make all the difference between an unforgettable outdoor adventure and a day filled with unnecessary challenges.

For families, using the right hiking gear for kids is one of the most important first steps. When kids are thirsty, hungry and their feet hurt then the outing will not be fun for anyone!

hiking gear and clothing

Hiking Gear for National Parks

Embarking on a hiking adventure is not just about lacing up your boots and hitting the trail. It’s about being prepared – and that starts with packing the right gear.

Devil's Tower
Devil’s Tower

Clothing for Spring, Summer and Fall at National Parks

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.

winter clothing
Winter clothing at Arches National Park

Clothing For Winter at National Parks

Winter provides unique opportunities to see landscapes and scenes with glistening snow, festive lights, and rosy cheeks. But cold, snow, ice and wind also create challenges for hikers and photographers in the winter.

You’ll want to be prepared with winter clothing so you’ll actually want to get outdoors!

Photographing Yellowstone in the winter
Photographing Yellowstone in the winter

Camera Equipment For National Parks

The right camera accessories can make all the difference to enhance the quality of your National Park photos!

Size and weight make all the difference for your photography gear for hiking.

Be prepared for rain or snow with a weatherproof cover for your camera backpack. Also carry a cleaning kit, microfiber cloths, and a rain sleeve for your camera!


national park guides and maps

Be sure to grab your copy of the National Park packing checklists for spring, summer, fall, and winter by clicking the graphic below. We like to laminate the lists so we can use them over and over.

National Parks packing list for spring summer fall and winter

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  1. I love this. I would love it if you would share this on The Fabulous Friday Link Party this Friday. You can find the link on my website. Hugs to you.

  2. Packing for a national park road trip can be one of the most overwhelming parts of the vacation (especially when you have a family for which to pack)! Will be using these helpful lists for reference for our upcoming trip to make sure I don’t forget anything important!

  3. I do a lot of day hiking (3-4 miles) in Southern California but I’ve been wanted to get really into it and do longer/overnight trips. This post is so helpful, now I can get myself prepared and start venturing out more!

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