When it’s time to start packing for your trip, use our Utah Packing Lists for spring, summer, fall and winter.
After searching for places to visit in Utah and picking a destination, you need to know what to pack!
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.
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Packing For a Trip to Utah
Time of year, weather, region and elevation of the Utah vacation spots you’ll visit are important to consider when packing for your trip. Weather can be unpredictable any time of year, so be sure to check the forecast and pack accordingly!
Utah is a dry, semi-arid and desert climate. It is one of the driest states in the country with one of the lowest relative humidity percentages. Your skin will feel it so be sure to pack hand lotion and lip protection with sunscreen!
Spring weather in Utah: March is still cold and rainy, with snow showers possible any time. In April temperatures begin to warm and measurable snowfall end. Most ski resorts end operations mid-April. May is a very pleasant month across the state. Temperatures are moderate, the length of the days and sunshine are longer and there are enough rainstorms to keep it cool.
Summer weather in Utah: Summer kicks off in June with enjoyable temperatures and occasional rainfall. July and August are the warmest months of the year with the same range of average high temperatures. These are the driest (least humid) months with the least amount of rainfall.
Fall weather in Utah: The beginning of September the days can still be hot. In October temperatures really start to cool and snow begins to fall in the higher elevations. By November temperatures are cold and snow begins to accumulate in the mountains.
Winter in Utah: Winter lasts from December through February with long periods of snowfall and freezing temperatures. December and January are the coldest months of the year. February brings a mix of winter and occasional spring weather, but it doesn’t last.
UTAH PACKING LIST
The America the Beautiful Annual Pass
We highly recommend you get the US National Park Pass if you’ll be visiting any Utah National Parks. It’s valid for one year from the date of purchase. Check the National Park Service website for the most current pricing information.
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.
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
- WATER – water bottles or hydration backpack
- Healthy snacks
- Flashlight or headlamp
- National Park maps
- Lip protection with sunscreen
- Polarized sunglasses
- Insect repellent
- Hand lotion
- Toilet paper (carry out in a bag – do not bury)
- Disposable urination device & feminine hygiene products
- Toilet bags
- Hand sanitizer
- First aid kit
- Rechargeable hand warmers – awesome for winter!
- Bags to pack out trash
- Hiking shoes
- Waterproof hiking shoes
- Hiking sandals – summer
- Insulated boots – winter
- Darn Tough socks
- Trekking poles
- Traction cleats – winter
- Snowshoes and poles – winter
- What to Bring on a Day Hike
- Hiking Gear and Tips for Kids
- Photography Gear for Hiking
- Best Cameras for Hiking
Clothing for Spring, Summer and Fall in Utah
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.
- Wicking, quick-drying clothing: underclothes, UV shirts, pants or shorts
- Fleece jacket
- Rain jacket – you may need this at locations with summer monsoons
- Bandana, buff headband or brimmed sun hat
Clothing For Winter in Utah
- Wicking and quick-drying base layers
- Fleece or insulated jacket
- Wool, down or heavy-weight insulated jacket
- Waterproof rain jacket
- Insulating hat
- Insulating winter gloves
- Fleece neck gaiter or buff
Other Important Gear to Pack
- Cell phone
- Portable charger
- Utah travel guides and maps
- National Park guide books and maps
- Blister balm – you won’t need this if you wear Darn Tough socks (just sayin’)
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