You’re in! You’ve finally obtained the golden permit to Havasupai! (And if you haven’t landed a permit yet, check back over to our last blog post to find out how you can) Now what!? This is what we were asking ourselves, and honestly, had we not gone with a friend who had been to Havasupai before we would have been LOST. In an effort to alleviate some of your anxiety on what to pack for your 3-night stay in Havasupai, I’ve compiled an easy-to-navigate list of what you should bring along with hyperlinks to each product. We hope this helps!
What you should bring:
1. A good hiking backpack. We really like the Osprey brand: https://amzn.to/2Y9SbK5
Whether you order online or at a store, make sure to go in and have it fitted (you can visit any REI and they will readily help you.)
2. A daypack for your day hikes. Some hiking backpacks come with one. If not, here’s a link for one: https://amzn.to/2SwDUGp
3. A hydration bladder for your backpack & daypack: https://amzn.to/2XXOTyp
4. A tent (https://amzn.to/2Yo0eay) or hammock (https://amzn.to/2YbXPvx) or both. If you plan to visit Havasupai in the summer, I would recommend sleeping in a hammock with a sleeping bag. If you plan to sleep in a tent, bring a hammock too. You’ll want it for daytime naps.
5. A sleeping pad (https://amzn.to/2YbY9dJ) and liner (https://amzn.to/2Y0KAlO) if you plan to sleep in a tent. I’m also a blanket user even when its hot, so i brought this one: https://amzn.to/2YgzFE8and loved it!
6. A RATSACK. This is a MUST. The squirrels at Havasupai will eat through anything and everything to get to your food. A Ratsack is the only way to go: https://amzn.to/32OKgW2
7. A stove. This one is ultra-light: https://amzn.to/2YrbXVA . Bring matches. But don’t worry about bringing propane (you can’t fly with it anyway). They have propane at the campground.
8. Pots for boiling water: https://amzn.to/2Y0xIw1
9. A camping spork: https://amzn.to/2XWdJie
10. A water carrier with spigot: https://amzn.to/2Y7BCP6 There is freshwater at the campground, but you’ll need a large container to keep it in. We kept this on our picnic table the entire time.
11. Dehydrated meals. We don’t eat gluten or dairy and were happy to find these: https://amzn.to/2XY3qKE . With 3 different variety packs, they are all gluten-free and vegetarian. Most of them are vegan. They were pretty yummy too (for dehydrated food). Our kids liked them too! If you plan to do day hikes, only bring pack enough meals for breakfast and dinner each day. You’ll only eat your snacks during the day hikes. 🙂
12. Headlamp for each person: https://amzn.to/2YprHbL . A must-have. We used these on our hike in at 3:30 am, and our hike out at 9pm.
13. Hiking shoes. I recommend a high-top hiking boot like this one: https://amzn.to/2KbYkkj . I only wore my trail running shoes which are usually fine for long hikes. This hike is 10 miles of loose gravel and sand. You’ll need the ankle support. I wish I had purchased these. **Make sure to break your shoes in prior to hiking in them. Blisters are inevitable even with seasoned shoes.
14. Speaking of blisters. Get leukotape. Its the ONLY thing that won’t come off during your water hikes. https://amzn.to/2KbZ4pB
15. Water shoes for your day hikes (the trail goes through the creek MANY times). I got these: https://amzn.to/32LnIpl . You may also want to bring a pair of flip flops to wear at the campsite.
16. A fast-drying towel: https://amzn.to/2JXWx1T
17. Body wipes. I like the Epic Wipes. They are massive and made with natural ingredients/essential oils: https://amzn.to/2SyVObe
18. Sunscreen. Badger is my favorite brand. It’s very clean, effective and doesn’t apply super white like most natural sunscreens: https://amzn.to/2SxY5DB
19. Bug Spray. We like Buzz Away. It’s very clean, family-friendly and DEET-free: https://amzn.to/32P8pfa
20. Bluetooth speaker. Most of your time will be spent hiking… a speaker is a necessity! Wishing we brought this dry bag that has a built-in, wireless, solar-powered Bluetooth speaker: https://amazon.com/gp/mpc/A24OZMRXAALU1V
21. Waterproof, solar-powered phone/electronic charger: https://amzn.to/2Y0ClpT
22. A compact camping chair. I recommend a high back one so you can lounge camp side, waterside or even IN that beautiful blue water: https://amzn.to/2SCM7ca
23. A good insulated water bottle (or 2): https://amzn.to/2YfX6tj . You can never have enough water.
25. You may want to bring collapsible trekking poles: https://amzn.to/2JVUPhA
26. Tent light and flashlight: https://amzn.to/2XXPJeB
27. String and clothespins to dry your clothes: https://amzn.to/2y5N2II
28. Cooling towel for your hikes in the sun: https://amzn.to/2XWz0IF
29. First Aid kit- https://amzn.to/2SwAPGj
30. Dr. Bronner’s pure castile soap to wash your body/hair/spoons/dishes: https://amzn.to/32O2J5a
32. Lots of snacks!
33. Cash for fry bread (it’s yummy), or helicopter/mule service should the occasion arise.
If you bring kids, you’ll need
1. Kids hiking pack: https://amzn.to/2SEOqLO (It’s worth investing in a good one. It’s a long hike with a moving backpack.)
2. A good dry bag for dirty diapers: https://amzn.to/2Yqkic4 You MUST pack out all your trash.
3. Collapsible bowls for the kids to eat out of: https://amzn.to/2Y0XYGS
4. Lots of snacks! 🙂
I brought 2 changes of clothes for each of us. We would wash them and hang them to dry every day. Make sure to bring bathing suits also. There are bathrooms (with toilet paper) at the campground, but no showers. There is also clean water at the campground. Make sure to store enough water for your hikes in and out of the campground. Those days are the longest & hottest, and there is no natural water in sight.
I know this seems like a lot of information and a TON to pack, but pick and choose what you can’t live without. Also, if you’re going with a group, divvy up the supplies. ie: You only need 1 stove and 1 pot set per group.
Lastly, check the weather. Come prepared for rain and cold nights. We went in the middle of the summer and had 1 cold (sub 40) night.
(The hyperlinks I’ve included are either products that we purchased for the trip or products we wish we would have purchased (hindsight is always 20/20). Some of these links are affiliate links.)
Please comment below for any useful products, tips or questions! And don’t forget to read our next blog post about Havasupai: The Waterfalls & Day Hikes in Havasupai.