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Havasupai Falls Packing List: How to Plan your 4-Day Adventure

You finally scored permits to camp in Havasupai, one of the most stunning places on earth with turquoise waterfalls against a beautiful backdrop of red rock.  Now the fun part begins: planning and packing.  For this 4-day backpacking adventure to the Havasupai Falls campground, less is more since you have to haul it all in and out.  But you still need to be prepared and follow all Supai Tribe rules.  Here’s the perfect Havasupai Falls packing list so you’re ready for the 10-mile hike and can relax knowing you have just what you need for a fantastic few days exploring waterfalls in the Grand Canyon. 

Havasupai falls packing list

Backpacking Essentials for Havasupai Falls

  • Frame backpack (Teton Scout 55L): I’m a big fan of this internal frame backpack.  It’s very comfortable with adjustable waist and shoulder straps, and the design makes it easy to organize your gear.  The many outer pockets make it easy to grab frequently used items without having to dig around in the main compartment.  These backpacks come in 45L, 55L, and 65L sizes.  We’ve found that the 55L size is perfect for shorter trips (3-4 days).  
  • Backpacking Tent with rainfly
  • Trekking poles: I love foldable hiking poles because I can throw them inside my backpack if I don’t want to use them.  These Glymnis poles also come with interchangeable tips (rubber tips, snow basket tips, and mud stop tips).  I used similar poles on our 4-day Inca Trail trek, my Grand Canyon through-hike, and throughout the Wasatch Range
  • Sleeping bag: I like the Teton Sports LEEF Ultralight Mummy sleeping bag.  These bags come in multiple sizes, temperature ratings, and colors.  We used 30-degree bags when hiking Havasupai in August and we were plenty warm.  I like that these bags come with an easy-to-use stuff sack and have an interior pocket for storing your cell phone or wallet while sleeping. 
  • Small first aid kit (a few per group)
  • Water filters (a few per group): I’ve used a few different water filters over the years, and my current favorite is the Sawyer Squeezable pouch system.  For less than $30 on Amazon, the kit comes with a lightweight (only 2oz!) filter that can either be attached directly to a water bottle or the included squeeze pouches.  Also included are two 32-oz pouches, a straw, and a hydration pack adapter.  The squeeze-pouch method is a little more work-intensive than say, a gravity bag, but I’ve found it to be faster and simpler than using a pump filter, and it is so lightweight that it is worth it.
  • Bear canister: The Supai Tribe requires that all guests secure all food in a proper animal-proof container.  Although there are no bears in the Grand Canyon, one of the most effective ways to secure food is with a bear canister
  • Ziplock Bags: for organizing food and trash within your bear canister
  • Backup physical maps and compass
  • Large water bottles or water bladders, totaling one gallon per person: there are no water sources along the trail until Supai village

Food

  • Stove+fuel (The Supai Tribe does not allow any campfires, but small cookstoves are okay)
  • Cookpot+lid
  • Dehydrated meals (enough for 4 days, 3,000 calories per person per day)
  • Small lighter
  • Lightweight spork and bowl for each person

Clothing

  • Hiking pants or shorts: A few of my family members did this hiking in jeans, but it is better to have something moisture-wicking. My absolute favorite ‘hiking pants’ are simply capri leggings with pockets.  The synthetic blend dries quickly and I can easily roll up the leggings to turn them into shorts.  I’ve worn these Capri leggings with pockets on hikes during all seasons of the year, including winter hikes near Spokane (where we currently live).  
  • One wicking long-sleeved sun shirt, and one short-sleeved shirt
  • One designated set of sleepwear 
  • Light jacket
  • Hiking boots: I have always been a big fan of Columbia hiking boots.  These Newton Ridge Plus boots are comfortable, waterproof, and come in a whole bunch of awesome-looking colors.  I purchased these boots right before hiking Half Dome in Yosemite because I wanted good traction for ascending the slick granite, and I’ve loved them ever since. 
  • Hiking socks: Good-quality hiking socks are a must.  I like Dickies Dri-tech crew socks because they wick moisture well and aren’t too bulky.  
  • Lightweight sneakers or water shoes for exploring the falls
  • Swimsuit and pack towel
  • Underwear for 4 days
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Bug Spray
  • Sunglasses and/or hat
  • Small toiletries bag
  • Earplugs and eye mask
  • Toilet paper/wipes and bag to pack it out

Extras

  • Face mask (as of 2023, the Havasupai tribe is requesting that all hikers wear a mask while in Supai village)
  • Printouts of your campground reservation (don’t forget this!)

So there you have it, everything you need to pack for an amazing adventure in Havasupai.  Again, don’t forget to double-check that you have your campground reservation, ID, and license plate number, as the tribe is very strict about reservation requirements.  Read the full list of rules and regulations for visiting Havasupai at havasupaireservations.com. Be safe, and have fun exploring these incredible waterfalls!

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