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5 Things You Must Pack For A Visit To Utah’s National Parks

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Southern Utah is the ideal destination if you are looking for highly varied landscapes. Your family can enjoy breathtaking views, hikes to diverse canyons, arches, waterfalls and create memories that will last a lifetime.

We know that a big part of the fun is having the right equipment, clothing and hydration to enjoy an incredible adventure. That’s why we’ve decided to put together a list of tips on the right items that will make the difference in your journey.

Check out our guide to find out exactly what to pack in your backpack!

Check out our guide to find out exactly what to pack in your backpack!

Layers & Jacket

Temperatures in the Utah desert can drop rapidly during the winter, fall and spring months, so you should wear light, short-sleeved layers for daytime and long-sleeved layers to keep warm after sunset. 

A quick-drying rain jacket is also a must, even during the summer months, because spontaneous short-lived rainfall during the day is quite common.

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Sunscreen

Sunscreen is essential during your Utah adventure! We recommend using the sunscreen of your choice but with the following characteristics: broad spectrum, meaning it blocks both UVA and UVB rays; it should have a sun protection factor of 30 or higher; and lastly, it should be water resistant. 

The sun in Utah can be harsh! That’s why we suggest combining these tips with your own protection habits to ensure better protection.

Water Shoes

Most people pack hiking boots and tend to forget water shoes when Utah’s rivers and waterfalls lend themselves to a variety of activities such as kayaking, canoeing and rafting, to name a few. We don’t recommend wearing flip-flops because they tend to break or get swallowed up by the river. Look for rubber water shoes that are lightweight, comfortable, completely cover your feet and have traction on the soles to prevent slipping.

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Sunglasses & Wide-Brimmed Hat

Considering that the Utah desert is 8,000 feet closer to the sun and offers little shade during your expedition, we recommend that you protect your eyes with good sunglasses that have polarized lenses with 100% UV protection.

During the spring and summer seasons, wide-brimmed hats will be your best companions during your expedition. It will help you reduce your exposure to the sun and keep your head cool. It is important that it is easy to store, that it does not overheat, that it has a drawstring so you can adjust it if it is windy and above all, make sure the brim is wide, the wider the better!

Water Bottle

A must-have item on our list is a reusable water bottle. There are refill stations at various points along the hike, however, we recommend bringing your own water in case you spend more time than planned on a trail and run out of supplies. Plan to drink about a liter of water per hour of hiking to ensure you don’t get dehydrated. If you ask us what the ideal bottle is, simple, one that doesn’t leak.

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Bonus: Plastic bags

After having explored the Utah desert several times, we recommend you to carry small plastic bags. It may seem like a strange item but we assure you that they will save your life! Use them to keep your cell phone, wallet, snacks and other important items dry. They are so versatile that they can also be used to store wet clothes and water shoes after visiting the waterfalls.

These are the items that should not be missing in your packing list. Find the ones that best suit you and start planning your excursion with the peace of mind of knowing that you are going with the right equipment. Good luck!

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