Grand Canyon Packing List


You can pack extremely light to backpack in the Grand Canyon, but if you go during winter you have to be prepared for all sorts of weather. I knew that it would be raining a bit during my trip this December, and that there was a slight chance for snow. The south rim has an elevation of approximately seven-thousand feet so it can get really cold! But as you hike down the canyon the temperature rises. I knew the bottom of the canyon might warm up to 70 degrees while I was there. The picture above is a general assortment of what I brought on the trip, including clothes for before and after backpacking. Shown below are the accessories and extra gear I brought with me. Here is a list of everything I packed!

For before & after backpacking (kept in a duffle in the car): 

  • Down jacket
  • Comfy sweatpants
  • Shorts in case it warmed up on the trip. (it didn’t so I left them in the car).
  • Comfy shoes
  • Extra shirt

For Backpacking:

  • A large day pack (We stayed at a hike-in lodge, so we did not need to pack tents/sleeping bags)
  • Hiking Shoes (I wore my Vasque Grand Traverse shoes since I had a light pack).
  • Thick, tall hiking socks
  • An extra pair of socks for evening/next day.
  • Lightweight rain jacket
  • Rain shell pants
  • 2 Sports bras
  • One lightweight, breathable tee shirt
  • Long-sleeve quick-dry shirt
  • 1 pair tights for hiking
  • 1 pair tights for evening
  •  A fleece (I wore a fleece & rain jacket for half the hike down the canyon. December mornings are cold!)

Accessories & Gear: 

  • Beanie
  • Headlamp
  • Snapback hat (I left this in the car.)
  • Water bladder
  • Light gloves
  • Sunglasses (Oakley Women Drop-in)
  • Snacks & Energy Supplements
  • Deck of Cards
  • Harmonica
  • GoPro & Waterproof case
  • Sunscreen
  • Trash bag to wrap over pack in the rain


Check out some of the gear featured in this post!

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