Favorite Gear for your Grand Canyon Vacation

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Favorite gear for a trip to the Grand Canyon

After many trips to the Grand Canyon and Southwest, we've created the ultimate gear list. Use it to spend more time outside and less time shopping for items you forgot.

Yeti Tundra 45 Cooler

The Mercedes of coolers, this workhorse kept drinks freezing cold in a sealed car for three days while outside temperatures hit 100. Its stellar insulating walls add weight, but your food stays cold. $349; yeti.com

Lowa Renegade GTX Mids Hiking Boots

These comfortable hiking boots are Lowa's best-sellers with good reason. Relatively light but waterproof and breathable, they keep you comfortable on Grand Canyon's dusty, rocky trails. $230; lowaboots.com

Chaco Z/2 NPF Grand Canyon Sandals

Chaco partnered with Natiomnal Park Foundation for this Grand Canyon-inspired design. These ultra-comfortable sandals with thin double straps make them dry quickly. $105; chacos.com

Patagonia R1 Fleece Hoodie

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 four national parks. $159; patagonia.com

Montbell Power Head Lamp

With four settings, one a blinking light, this head lamp features a double-click button that prevents it from accidentally turning on in your daypack or pocket. $29; montbell.us

Down Hugger 650 #3 Sleeping Bag

You may want to snooze in this sleeping bag at home, too. Extra soft, and warm, its greatest asset is the seams stretch with you, so you never feel confined or claustophobic. $209; montbell.us

Related: What to Pack for Your Grand Canyon Vacation 


Location of the Grand Canyon in Arizona, U.S.

Where is the Grand Canyon?

The canyon was carved out by the Colorado River in northern Arizona from Lake Powell at the Arizona-Utah border to Lake Mead at the Arizona-Nevada border.