Grand Teton National Park Backpacking Packing List

The towering peaks of the Teton Range have drawn generations of hikers and climbers to explore its more than 200 miles of trails. If you’re ready to head into the backcountry, here’s a checklist to help you plan your trip.

The following list is designed for a non-guided backpacking trip in Grand Teton National Park. (For information about visiting the park, see our guide.) The list includes some environment-specific options for the park’s backcountry. If you’re going with a commercial group, check with the guide company to see what items it provides.

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.


Clothing and Footwear

Because of Grand Teton’s base elevation (6,800 ft.), the average daily high temperature during summer months is 75°–80°F, while the average daily low is 35°–42°F. At higher elevations, both of those averages will be lower. If you’re camping in the backcountry, be sure to bring insulated clothing.

Although July and August tend to be the driest months, afternoon thunderstorms are still common, so rain gear is also required.

Personal Items


Quantity varies depending on activity and length of trip.