19 Feb Havasupai- GEAR LIST
Below you’ll find a list of the necessary gear, some extras and a few gear recommendations to make your backpacking trip to Havasupia a success. You are NOT required to take the gear we recommend but you will need to have all of the items on the Essentials List.
DON’T over pack, we are only camping for one night so the kitchen sink will not be necessary. The hike out, especially when it’s hot out, is a bit of a doozy, and the lighter your pack, the more you’ll be able to enjoy the trip all together.
38-50L is totally sufficient dependent on the gear you are fitting inside. Your back pack can be one of the heavier items that you carry so consider a lightweight pack under 4lbs.
Recommendation: Osprey Exos 48
It’s easier take a light weight day pack on the daily hikes to the waterfalls then it is to take you giant gear bag. If you’re traveling with a friend or family member one day back will work for 2 people. Look for something that is 20L or under and lightweight (3oz or under) and and folds down into a tiny stuff sac or pocket.
Recommendation: Sea to Summit Ultra-Sil Daypack
LIGHTWEIGHT TENT/ HAMMOCK:
A lot of hikers recommend hammock rather than a tent at Havasupia. The campgrounds have ample trees and its often terribly hot which makes for the perfect hammock combination. If you decide to take a hammock I would also consider some bug protection.
Your tents is usually the heaviest item in your backpack. Here’s a great guide on how to pick the perfect one for any trip. LINK
If we were going later in the season I’d say skip the bag and bring a blanket but as the weather can be fickle in the spring so 3 season sleeping bag will do just fine. If you’re looking to save on weight consider a top quilt. Seriously it changed my life.
Because this in not the middle ages.
Recommendation: Sea to Summit Comfort Light
*PILLOW (not required):
This could be as simple as ball up your clothes to makeshift pillow.
Recommendation: Aeros Pillow
20-30ft to hang food, bags, dry clothes or a make shift shade tent at the falls.
HEADLAMP: We will be hiking in and out of Havasupai at night.
There are no camp fires or coals allowed at the campsite. So you’ll need a backpacking stove to cook your food.
Recommendation: MSR Pocket Rocket
To clean your cook pot or your clothes in a pinch.
Recommendation: Wilderness Wash
*SMALL SPONGE (not required):
Go to your local dollar store and cut a regular sponge into thirds, BOOM mini sponge. It just makes clean up easier.
BEAR CANISTER/ DRY SACK:
Smart squirrels, need I say more.
Recommendation: Sea to Summit Ultre-sil Dry Sack 20L
Your Hydration bladder must hold at least 3 liters of water. There is no water from the Hilltop thru the 8 mile to Supai village. Each person must be able to carry at least 3 liters of water on there person.
Recommendation: Camelbak 100 oz/ 3L
WATER FILTRATION SYSTEM:
The easiest water filtration is a gravity drip system from your filter straight into your hydration bladder
CUP/ COOK POT:
Recommendation: Trek 900 Titanium
A cheap plastic Smart Water water bottle is perfect. Don’t pack your fancy designer one it’s just extra weight to carry.
ZIPLOCK FREEZER BAGS:
To carry out trash
TRAVEL SIZED DEODERANT
PAIN RELIEVER: 6-10 pills
The following clothing items are recommendations. The temperature low is 45 degrees and the high is 70 degrees. It can also rain this time of year so plan accordingly.
1) SHIRT/TANK TOP
1)LIGHTWEIGHT PANTS/ SHORTS
1)LONG SLEEVE SHIRT/LIGHTWEIGHT BASE LAYER LONG SLEEVED SHIRT
1)LIGHTWEIGHT BASE LAYER BOTTOMS
*PJ’s (not required)- You can just wear you clothes or you base layers to bed.
LIGHT WEIGHT JACKET/ SWEATSHIRT
WATER SHOES/ SANDLES- We highly suggest a separate pair of shoes for the water. Parts of the High to Mooney and Beaver Falls are through water and you don’t want your hiking shoes to be soaking wet for the big hike out.
BUFF/ BANDANA/ HEADBAND
WATERPROOF PHONE CASE
WATERPROOF TARP– sunshade at the water front or rain protection for your gear.
Now your ready to take on Havasupai. Carefully consider the items you pack in you backpack, less is more. Can you share items with a friend to keep the weight down? Don’t let your this awesome experience be over shadowed by over packing. Think light and aim for a pack 20lbs or under. If you have any questions about the gear to bring or our recommendations send us an email.