Gear Checklist

Gear Checklist



Provided in Outfitting Package

What’s It For?



Osprey backpacks are included with your tour cost to carry all of your things while on the trail.

Tent or Tarp


All tents/tarps are a double occupancy. Tarps supplied upon request and weather permitting.

Sleeping Bag


To keep you all warm and snuggly while you sleep in your tent or under the stars.

Sleeping Mat


The Therm-A-Rest Z-Lite mat is a lightweight way to have some warmth and comfort while sleeping on the ground.

Backpacking Stove, cookware and utensils


So you can bowl water, make coffee or tea or cook an awesome backpacking meal!

Trekking Poles


Trekking poles areessential for taking 25% of your load off your knees.

Instep Crampons


Provided if trails are icy (Dec-early March)



Stuff to Bring

Our Price

What’s It For?

Bathroom Tissue


Nose blowing and butt wiping – you may not be able to wait until you get to a bathroom!

Biodegradable Camp Soap


It’s soap, but good for the environment and essential for good camp hygiene.


$2.95 & up 

Plate and/or bowl or whatever you think you need to eat off of. No reason to be total heathens.

Hand Sanitizer


Anti-bacterial gel to kill, well…bacteria.


$39.95 & up (includes batteries)

Lights your way in the dark. Get one with a red light LED option to avoid blinding fellow campers. Don’t forget some spare batteries as well!

Hiking Hat

$16.00 & up

Sun protection.

Hiking Socks –
1 pair/day

$16.95 & up

We recommend Point6 or Darn Tough – founders of Smart Wool have new, but small company with awesome hiking socks.

Hydration Bladders/Water Bottles

$7.95 & up

Holds water – you need this! Recommend 3-4 liters of carrying capacity. A 2 or 3 liter bladder plus additional bottles is a good combo. Our packs are compatible with hydration bladders of up to 3 liters.

Lip Balm SPF 15+

$2.95 & up

Sun protection for you lips – no one likes to kiss chapped lips.

Liner Sheet

$24.95 & up

For a little extra comfort and warmth in your sleeping bag! Plus, lengthens the life of the bag and protects the materials and fill from oils on your skin. For colder weather trips, we recommend the 100% flannel or Thermolite MummyLiners.

Personal First Aid Kit

$9.00 & up

Bangs, cuts, and scrapes care. This is the one item you hope you won’t have to use!

Personal Hygiene Items


Up to you what you bring BUT deodorant would be appreciated by all in the group – no perfumes or colognes though.

Prescription Meds


Ask your doctor if you don’t know.


$48.00 & up

They block the bright sun from your eyes and protect them from UVA and UVB rays.

Sunscreen SPF

$9.00 & up

Sun protection for the rest of you.

Toothbrush & Toothpaste


For brushing your teeth, because you still want to do that in the backcountry. Bring travel sizes.


$3.50 & up

Goes great with the dishes so you don’t have to eat with your hands.

Odor-Proof Storage Bags

$3.79 & up

For trash. Please do not use for storing items like clothing, toiletries or items you do not plan to throw away. Please refer to your Grand Canyon trip information as to why.



Stuff you might want to bring

Our Price

What’s It For?

Air Mat

$99.95 & up

We supply a Therm-a-rest Z-Lite Mat. Lightweight, easy to use and will not puncture. If you want a bit more comfort, an air mat may be the way to go!

Arnica Lotion or Gel

$7.50 & up

Necessary for those sore backpacking muscles!

Bandanas (2-3)

$2.99 each

All purpose camp tool – use as headwear, dust cover, sweat rag, snot rag, wash cloth, napkin, etc.

Camera, Case, and Batteries

Cases $25.00 & up

Taking pictures, protecting the camera & making sure the camera can keep taking pictures.


$0.99 & up

Great for attaching lightweight, wet, or accessible items outside your pack.

Coffee Cup/Mug

$2.95 & up

Yes, we serve coffee and tea on our trips. If you are one to imbibe, you will want a plastic cup of some sort to drink from.

Compression Sacks

$26.95 & up

Lightweight bags to help sort your things & then squish them down to make more room in your pack.

Ear Plugs


Tents are not sound proof! These will help you get a much deserved good night’s sleep.


$16.95 & up

Yes, it does get cold in Arizona! You will want for winter hiking or the cooler nights in spring.

Hair Care


Comb, brush, ties, headbands, etc.

Insect Repellent

$7.95 & up

To repel bugs. It’s dry in the desert so there aren’t many bugs. But one bug can be one bug too many.

Knit Cap

$18.95 & up

Keeps your noggin warm. Plus a lightweight way to add warmth for slepping time. When your head is exposed to the cold, heat will escape your body. A knit cap will trap that heat for a toasty night’s sleep.



Blister prevention.


$40.00 & up

Has it all! Scissors, blade, file, pliers, & screwdriver in case you need to build a birdhouse while in the backcountry.

Bathing Wipes

$3.95 & up

Great for dry camps, or any camp where you need a quick cleanup.

Pack Pillow


Small, compressible pillow for sleepy time.

Pack Towels

$16.95 & up

Lightweight towels that are highly absorbant and compress when you are lacking space. Pack towels also dry quickly and resistant to mildew.

Stuff Sacks

$7.99 & up

Lightweight bags to help sort and store your things, like clean clothes from dirty, or toiletries. Because animals love to eat plastic bags, we advise you do not store anything in plastic bags. Stuff sacks are a much better way to keep your things chew-free.

Super Salve

$3.10 & up

Anti-chaffing, blister prevention &/or healing of minor cuts, scrapes, and chaffing.


 Stuff to Wear


Clothing Item

Our Price

What’s It For

Hiking Boots or Shoes

$120 & up

Sturdy, broken in hiking boots or shoes, light to mid weight, aggressive tread (GoreTex or waterproofing is advised for winter hikes). If you buy new, give yourself at least 2 weeks to break your shoes in, which means wear them hiking and around daily – even to bed! You must also break in old shoes you have not worn in a while or shoes you are borrowing (if you really prefer to not have your own shoes). Wearing shoes that are not broken in or are too small or too big is a HUGE mistake and will make for a very miserable trip for you and everyone in your group. Expect to invest in a good pair of shoes – they are key to happy hiking feet. Click here for information about selecting hiking shoes.

Camp Shoes or Sandals

$39.99 & up

Camp shoes are any pair of shoes you can wear around camp so you can allow your feet to breath and get a break from your hiking shoes. Flip Flops are OK, but shoes that will stay on your feet like hiking sandals are best. For Havasupai trips, you will want something sturdier for hiking through the water. Check out the Salomon TechAmphibian.

Hiking Socks

$16.95 & up

Hiking socks – we recommend a merino wool sock made by Point 6 or Darn Tough but most brands will do.  They are pricey but worth the investment. Your feet are the most important tool you have for hiking.

Short Sleeved Shirts

$26.00 & up

Short sleeved shirts that are lightweight, light colored, and breathable – wicking materials are best for the colder months in Grand Canyon – mid October through mid April.

Hiking or Running Shorts

$65.00 & up

Hiking or running shorts – lightweight, comfortable, quick drying to avoid chaffing. NO denim! And, not recommended for the colder months.

Lightweight Hiking Pants

$65.00 & up

Convertible pants (shorts included!) are ideal to save space and weight.

Lightweight Long Sleeve Shirt

$25.00 & up

Lightweight long sleeve shirt for cooler evenings/mornings (a light fleece for the shoulder seasons).

Lightweight Fleece

$59.00 & up

A great third layer for additional warmth.

Weatherproof Shell

$100.00 & up Adds warmth and protection from the elements like wind and rain.


$16.95 & up

Lightweight and loose fitting. Thermals are best for the colder nights in Grand Canyon.

Rain Gear

$1.19 & up

Only when dictated by weather. A lightweight poncho is usually sufficient.


 Tips & Tricks


Check local weather forecasts prior to the tour (see our additional resources) to help you determine what to wear. Use this link for updated weather forecast at forecast at Phantom Ranch and the bottom of the canyon. Most inner canyon trips will reflect temperatures seen on the website.

Essential Items

Please remember to always pack essential items such as passport, money, eyewear, medications, a change of clothing (including hiking shoes) and other essential items in your carry-on baggage, in case your checked luggage is delayed while you travel.

Layering Clothing

Temperatures vary about 20 degrees F from the rim to the bottom of Grand Canyon, so layering clothing is essential. Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding, bunching, or otherwise restricting movement.

Foot Care

Make sure your boots are broken in! Wear merino wool socks to help prevent blisters, and bring Moleskin for foot treatment in the event you get blisters. Also try Super Salve to prevent chaffing and blisters – great for feet, thighs, arms, etc.


You will want to bring your favorite non-perishable and durable (no bananas or chocolate) snacks to eat while hiking. Bring a good mix of salty and sweet! We recommend 4 snacks per person per day. Don’t be afraid of carbs, sugar and salt on hiking trips in Grand Canyon. Trust us, you will burn it and your body will crave the quick energy you get from carbs. Check out the sample menu, just in case you find you might want to supplement for any dietary restrictions as well.

Leave No Trace in Grand Canyon

Biodegradable soap cannot be used in the creeks at Grand Canyon National Park. When you use soap, use in wash basins, sinks, and away from water sources. For more Leave No Trace principles, please check out the Leave No Trace website.


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