Grand Canyon Backpacking Packing List

More than a mile deep, up to 10 miles wide and 277 river miles long, the Grand Canyon is one of the world’s most breathtaking wonders. Located in northern Arizona, this remote icon lures nearly 5 million people each year, making it our second most visited national park.

The following list is designed for a non-guided, non-winter trip in the Grand Canyon. If you’re part of a commercial trip, check with your trip provider to see what items the guide provides. REI also provides guided backpacking trips in the Grand Canyon, so you can enjoy your trip without too much planning.

Included in this list are the Ten Essential Systems you should have on every backcountry trip: navigation; sun protection; insulation; illumination; first-aid supplies; fire starter; repair kit and tools; nutrition; hydration; emergency shelter. To learn more, see our Ten Essentials article. 


Personal Items


Quantity varies depending on activity and length of trip.