US National Parks Packing Lists

US National Parks provide destinations with unique landscapes and wildlife, and a variety of outdoor activities year-round.

When it’s time to start packing for your trip, use our National Park Packing Lists.

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

The most important thing to remember when packing for a trip to most US National Parks is the weather is unpredictable! Layers are important for cooler mornings and nights, and to be prepared when storms quickly roll in at all times of the year.

You must take extra patience with you when you visit many US National Parks during the busy summer season. Be prepared and patient that it may take longer than you think to navigate the parks.

Bryce Canyon National Park Sunset Point Thor's Hammer - view and photo spot
READ: Why the National Park Pass is Worth It!
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NATIONAL PARK PACKING LIST ITEMS

What To Pack for US National Parks in the Spring, Summer or Fall

Hiking Gear

Merrell Moab hiking shoe   Darn Tough Socks     Trekking hiking poles

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Clothing

Men's sun protection long sleeve shirt   Men's hiking pants   Keen sandals

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Daypack

hydration backpack        national park maps     first aid kit for hiking

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Hiking Gear List

 

Other

Anker portable external battery charger    binoculars  Lowepro Flipside 500 Camera Backpack

Travel photography gear list

READ: National Park Gifts for the Outdoor Adventurer

 

What To Pack for US National Parks in the Winter

Steaming geyser at Yellowstone National Park in the winter.

Hiking Gear

Merrell insulated boots    Darn Tough socks merino wool socks

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Clothing

winter insulated puff jacket    insulating winter hat    winter glove mitts

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Cold Weather Gear List

READ: Winter Clothing Guide for Outdoor Adventure & Photography

 
 

NATIONAL PARK PACKING LISTS

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Arches National Park Packing Lists   Bryce Canyon National Park Packing Lists   Canyonlands National Park Packing Lists

Grand Teton National Park Packing Lists   Yellowstone National Park Packing Lists

READ: List of US National Parks to Visit

 

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4 comments

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!

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Hey thanks so much for these lists! I love writing my own but it’s great to have one from someone who has experience ofmhikinf in these climates.

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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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Being prepared is so important. When you don’t have the right clothes or gear, it can make or break your trip!

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