Backpack Bryce Canyon

Created for a 3 day backpack trip in canyon country

Toiletries and personal care

  • Toothbrush
  • Toothpaste
  • Sunscreen
  • Lip balm
  • Hand sanitizer or antibacterial wipes
  • Toilet paper
  • Towel
  • Zip loc bag for toiletries
    to keep smells away from animals, and so you can easily throw your toiletries into your bear bag at the end of the night.
  • Camp soap
    for dishes, bathing, shampoo and laundry. Much more compact then bringing 4 types of soap and biodegradable.

Personal items

  • Sunglasses
  • Watch
    Please let me know if you have one you can bring

Documents and money

  • Credit Card / Bank Card / Cash
    Re: cash, the best exchange rate is often found at ATM's in the U.S.
  • Medical insurance card
  • Passport
  • provincial health care card

Luggage and security

  • Backpack
    Can be rented for a lot cheaper then buying
  • Large garbage bag (rain cover for backpack)


  • Sleeping pad
  • Sleeping bag
  • Tent
    Can also be rented for a lot cheaper.


  • Headlamp and/or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Extra batteries


  • Underwear
    2 pairs
  • Thermal underwear
  • Socks
    2 pairs are adequate, because the other pair can be washed
  • Sun hat
  • Rainwear
    An option is a plastic poncho for 2 bucks at your outdoor / camping equipment store, it's compact too
  • Toque, mitts
  • T-shirt
    poly or wool, not cotton
  • Long-sleeved shirt (base layer)
    May be able to double as your thermal underwear at night. Use poly or wool, not cotton
  • Pants
    Convertible pants where you can zip off the bottom legs to make short are very handy. I find it vents a lot of heat from my boots!
  • Insulating mid-layer
    Fleece or other lightweight insulated sweater that's not cotton. I normally don't get excited about products, but this jacket has been so perfect for me: http://www.arcteryx.com/Product.aspx?EN/Womens/Mid_Layer-Sweaters/Atom-LT-Hoody-W#
  • hiking boots
    look for lugged, stiff sole, and ankle support

Food and drink

  • Water pack
    For an example, cut and paste this link http://www.mec.ca/AST/ShopMEC/Packs/HydrationPacks/BottlesAccessories/PRD~5015-811/platypus-big-zip-sl-hydration-system.jsp
  • Snacks
    energy or protein bars, etc.
  • Camp stove
  • Fuel for camp stove
    Purchase in Las Vegas
  • Ziploc bags
    Include a large one for garbage
  • Food
    I like dehydrated meals (check out the "food" link in the MEC backpacking list), my fav is Mary Jane's.
  • Matches and fire starter (me)
  • Dish cloth (me)
  • Bear bag or container
    Bryce Canyon has a requirement for a bear container, I don't know if a bear bag will suffice. Check with them. Ang and I will be sharing mine, maybe you guys can share the other?
  • Water purification (me)
  • bowl / cup
  • spoon and fork


  • First aid kit (me)
  • Insect repellent (me)


  • Multi-tool (me)
  • Compass (me)
  • Binoculars (me)
  • Maps (me)
  • Whistle (me)
  • Earplugs
  • Bear spray
    I don't know if we'll need this, if so we'll need to pick it up in Las Vegas.
  • Repair kit for tent, sleeping pad, etc.
  • Rope (me)

To do

  • Make photocopies of travel docs and itineraries
  • Check weather
    make sure you have enough warm clothes, sleeping bag / pad, it gets quite cold at night http://www.nps.gov/brca/planyourvisit/weatheroutlook.htm
  • Check luggage and carry-on restrictions
  • directions to REI
  • Check medical insurance