Packing for Havasupai

There are tons of resources on the internet telling you to bring all sorts of crap on this hike. I happen to disagree. You want to keep it light, but comprehensive, so here are my must-haves:

Cover up under the Arizona sun


  • Backpack
    • I recommend 65 liters+, especially if you’re carrying everything yourself
    • Osprey is one of the most comfortable brands, but I suggest going to REI and having an associate help you try on a bunch of packs before deciding
  • Daypack
  • Hiking Poles
    • Optional, but very helpful
  • Towel
    • Optional in the summer, as the heat of day is enough to dry you off
  • Plastic Bags
    • For trash, wet clothing, dry clothing, shoes, etc.
  • Face Cover/Bandana
    • Optional, but useful if you have allergies or want to shield yourself from the dusty hike and smelly horse poop


  • Tent
    • Keep this as light as possible, no more than 2-3 lbs
  • Sleeping Bag + Sleeping Pad
    • Again, keep it light
  • Hammock + Bug Net
    • A good option if you want to cut down on weight and bulk. We used this instead of a tent, sleeping bags and sleeping pads.
  • Tarp
    • Optional, but can be used to cover the tent or hammock during inclement weather
Sleeping under the stars

Personal Care

  • Toothbrush + Toothpaste
  • Biodegradable Soap
  • Contact Lenses + Solution or Glasses
  • Folding Hairbrush + Hair Ties/Clips (if you have long hair)
  • Baby Wipes
    • I rinsed off in the water, but if you’re hiking during colder months, you’ll need these bad boys to wipe off
  • Sunscreen
  • Chapstick
  • Bug Spray
  • Deodorant


  • Convertible Pants
  • Hiking Boots
  • Water Shoes
    • Definitely must have! Your feet will thank you
  • Bathing Suit
  • Long Sleeve Shirt
    • At least one to layer up
  • T-shirts/Tank Tops
  • Light Jacket
    • Not needed in the summer but a must-have for the colder months
  • Sunglasses
  • Hat
Proper swim attire advised


  • Meals Ready to Eat (MREs) aka Freeze Dried Food
  • Jetboil + Fuel
  • Metal Spoons
  • Nylon Chord
    • Optional, our campsite already had one that someone else had left
    • For hanging food, wet clothing, etc.
  • Snacks
    • Bars, dried fruit, trail mix, jerky, energy gels, etc.
  • Water
    • At least 2 liters for the hike
    • You can use collapsible water bottles or a hydration bladder
    • Also bring at least a 1 gallon collapsible water container
  • Gatorade or Electrolyte Tablets
  • Water Filter
    • Optional, there’s drinking water available at both the campsite and village

Emergency Stuff

  • Headlamp + Extra Batteries
  • Emergency Kit
  • Waterproof Band-Aids
  • Medicine
    • Allergy meds, Ibuprofen, Tylenol
  • Multi-tool/Swiss Army Knife
  • Duct Tape
    • We didn’t have waterproof band aids so I used duct tape for my blisters. You can never go wrong with duct tape!
Always bring headlamps!


  • GoPro w/Waterproof Case + Floaty
  • Waterproof Phone Case
    • Optional, the photos won’t be as clear but better than nothing

I don’t see people going to Havasupai by themselves, so you can always split these items amongst everyone in your group, especially the food stuff. The goal is to cut down on individual weight.

Did I miss anything? Let me know!

Happy Travels!




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