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Grand Canyon Vacation Gear Guide

After many trips to the Grand Canyon and Southwest, our editor has created a list of her favorite things to bring along. Use this list to spend more time outside and less time shopping for items you forgot. 

Also see our suggested packing list.

2021 Gear Guide for the Grand Canyon
Photos courtesy of Ecovessel, Parks Project , Patagonia, LOWA, Sylvansport, Klymit

1. LOWA Locarno GTX Lo

These comfortable dayhikers can be worn on the Bright Angel Trail and to dinner at the Bright Angel Lodge’s Arizona Room. They are available in several colors. $195; www.lowaboots.com

2. Grand Canyon National Park Shirt

Celebrate the canyon with this light-weight women’s shirt from Parks Project. A portion
of profits from this shirt support the park’s visitor programs. $38; parksproject.us

3. Patagonia R1 Fleece Pullover

This midweight layer treated with odor-reducing Polygiene is great for huge temperature swings. Light and warm, it proved to be an essential layer for our testers in six national parks. $129; patagonia.com

4. EcoVessel 20 oz. Insulated Bottle

Stay hydrated with our favorite water bottle, the Boulder. It keeps cold drinks frigid and hot drinks toasty for 12 hours, plus it comes with a strainer for your tea leaves.
$29.95; ecovessel.com

MAKER SPOTLIGHT: Discover how EcoVessel based in Boulder, Colo., got its start.

5. Cloud Layer Single Sleeping Bag

Take car camping to a new level with this cozy, spacious triple layer system that makes it a 20, 40 or 60 degree bag. It even has an organic sheet and a zipper to air out your feet when you get too warm. For ultimate mattress-like comfort, buy the Cloud Layer self-inflating mattress $199.95 for bag or mattress; sylvansport.com/shop/

6. Klymit Insulated Static V Lite

Sleep more comfortably while camping in the Grand Canyon with Klymit’s v-shaped insulated pad. It’s one of the lightest and warmest sleeping pads on the market for under $100.
$94.95; klymit.com