What to pack for: Havasupai

 These are some well prepped happy faces right here

These are some well prepped happy faces right here

Confession time. I am part of the problem.  I went to Havasupai and had THE BEST time and posted a ton about it on instagram and made it this fantasy place no one can get to anymore.  I regret nothing because everyone should go and experience the paradise that is Havasu Falls and because the Havasupai Tribe manages and meters the flow of visitors I am not worried about millions of people desecrating this beautiful place.  Head on over to my Havasupai trip planning post for more info on the Havasupai tribe, their history, and how to visit this incredible place.

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So you got a Havasupai reservation! CONGRATS. Don't eff this up man.  This is your one shot for the most perfect instagram. 

 Photo by  Nate Polta . He tried to tell the fuzzy people to stop moving but apparently not everyone understands long exposure photography.  Don't make this mistake on your trip. 

Photo by Nate Polta. He tried to tell the fuzzy people to stop moving but apparently not everyone understands long exposure photography.  Don't make this mistake on your trip. 

Don't forget that while you will be enjoying waterfalls meant for the greek gods, you will be backpacking. So you need all your camping stuffs.  And all the other stuffs.  BUT you will not need any way to purify water! There is a spring at the camping area that constantly runs so you can drink that fresh water the whole time. WIN.

 Our campsite

Our campsite

Here's the break down for your standard 2 night, 3 day trip.

Clothes: you will be in your swimsuit the majority of the time

  • 2-3 Swimsuits.  If you are a boy who wears the same swim trunks for 7 days, disregard.  I wore 3 different swimsuit tops.  I recommend bringing surf type swimsuit tops because they are basically quick drying sports bras.  You are going to be hiking around a lot and jumping off of waterfalls so don't bring any tops that are uncomfortable or will pop right off ya in the jump.
  • Rain layer (because always)
  • At least one warm fleece/puffy layer just in case (this is very season dependent - check your weather forecast and plan accordingly but always be prepared with at least one warm layer)
  • 2 pairs of thin wool socks.  You will want these for the hike in and out.
  • Good hiking boots that won't give you heat blisters or sturdy tennis shoes.  I wore boots and got mad blisters on the way in and out.  I literally wore mountaineering boots bc that's all I had at the time, but I should have just done trail runners.
  • Tennis shoes you can get wet.  You are going to be hiking a lot and climbing down ladders and such.  If you are super spry in your chacos those will work but I am super clumsy in wet chacos so tennies for me.  I have an old pair of Nike frees that I use for all water activities - no need to buy special shoes.
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • 3 t-shirts/tanks
  • Pair of shorts
  • Pair of pants/sweats/leggings
  • If you need separate sleeping clothes, one set of that. 
  • 1 sports bra you keep dry for camp time (or just let them hang free and really enjoy yourself)

Camping Gear: They have picnic tables so we didn't bring any chairs or tables... plus you are backpacking soooo don't take a table anyways. 

 Definitely do NOT FORGET your professional photographer. 

Definitely do NOT FORGET your professional photographer. 

  • Tent or hammock (I like sleeping in a tent but you can totes go lightweight and not have it.  There are bugs)
  • Jetboil/camp stove (no fires allowed so if you want to boil water and cook anything)
  • Cooking things that you need
  • Plastic spork
  • Knife
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Pillow if you want it (I always use clothes)
  • Backpacking backpack (obvi)
  • Headlamp
  • Water bottles 

Miscellaneous

  • Daypack for your day hikes (def bring a small backpack)
  • Your reservation confirmation printed out.  
  • Waterproof camera, I had my gopro and a professional photographer...
  • Professional photographer (see above)
  • Sunscreen
  • Bugspray (there wasn't a bug problem when I was there but better to be safe on this front)
  • All your food... 
  • A way to string up your food in durable sacks so the squirrels don't eat ALL YOUR TORTILLAS leaving you for dead.  They are monsters. 
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