6 Things to Take on your Grand Canyon Vacation

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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.

Favorite Things Gear Guide

EcoVessel 20 oz. Insulated Bottle

Stay hydrated with our favorite water bottle. It keeps cold drinks frigid and hot drinks toasty for 12 hours, plus it comes with a strainer for your tea leaves. $26.95; www.ecovessel.com

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

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

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; www.patagonia.com

Grand Canyon National Park Shirt

Celebrate the canyon with your light-weight shirt from Parks Project. A portion of profits from this shirt support the park's Field Institute and volunteer programs. $40; www.parksproject.us

Klymit Insulated Static V Lite

Calling all car campers and backpackers. Sleep more comfortably 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; www.klymit.com

Table Tennis

Take your next picnic stop or car camping adventure to a new level with this fun set that comes with two authentic table tennis paddles.
All you need is a smooth surface like a picnic table. $31.95; www.outsideinsidegifts.com


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.

Guano Point at the Grand Canyon's West Rim

Grand Canyon West

The region to the west of the national park is privately owned and operated by the Hualapai Tribe. It's 242 miles from Grand Canyon National Park visitors center.