We love love hiking and walking, it no wonder why we run a walking guide website, but to be honest we never went backpacking before this trip. It was a little bit scary but exciting at the same time. What we loved about this hike is that you can do it as rough as you want it to be.
What we mean by that is you can hike in, sleep in a campground, and carrying everything you will and might need or you can take the helicopter in and out, stay at the lodge and buy whatever you need at the village stores, or any level of adventure in between.
For us we wanted to do in the middle, we brought what was needed and nothing else, we decided that if we forgot something it is easy enough to buy it in Supai. It ended up with us taking the exact right amount of supplies and gear with us!
The amount of items you take depends on the amount of time you will spend in Havasu Falls. We took enough for 3 days and 2 nights. Each person has their own sets of needs and comforts, so while this is the perfect packing list for us, make sure to adapt it for how you plan on hiking. We did the hike after three months of road tripping in our minivan, so are quite comfortable with minimal supplies.
Our packing list for Havasu Falls
1. A lightweight tent or a hammock. If you go between the April and September it should be warm enough that you can sleep in your hammock comfortably. While an expensive backpacking tent is a great investment, you can get away with even a simple $25 tent.
2. Sleeping bag or a blanket: We took a lightweight blanket. Visiting in the second week of April and it was hot during the day and a little bit cold at night.
3. Self Inflating Sleeping Pad: We did not bring one as we visited Havasu Falls three months into a road trip around the United States, so we are used to sleeping on a hard floor.
4. Cabin Zero Bag: We love this bag as it is the perfect carry on size to take enough clothing, our food, blanket, camelbak bladder, tent, tripod and an extra gallon of water. If you have your own hiking bag of preference that works as well, just make sure the bag is not too big as you will find yourself filling it up!
5. Hiking Boots and waterproof shoes: Please invest in a good pair of hiking shoes. I was wearing Steven’s hiking boots, and they were too big for me and gave me a lot of blisters. Use your boots before going on this hike, never try new shoes in a hike this long. You need to feel comfortable and have the shoes used to your feet to avoid blisters.
Make sure to bring waterproof shoes as well, as you need to cross the creek several times throughout your adventure in Havasu Falls. It is also recommended to wear waterproof shoes when swimming in the waterfalls to protect your feet from the rocky bottom.
6. Camelbak 3L Bladder: Nothing is more important that staying hydrated. Carry water with you at all times, even if you are just taking a short walk to the waterfalls, as it gets really sunny and hot. A 3L bladder will be enough as as you can refill at the campground and at the village at the visitor center. Of course, bring the right amount of water knowing how much you drink when hiking, but it is only eight miles until the first fill up spot.
7. Knife, Spork and collapsible bowl: Keep your food dishes simple and avoid any extra items to carry. We did not even bring a bowl as our tuna pouches provided ample room to prepare and eat from.
8. Headlamp: In case you choose to leave really early in the morning while it is still dark. We did not bring any as we knew we were going to leave after it was light enough for our eyes.
9. Microfiber Towel: You will need to dry off after your time at the waterfalls, they dry fast and are super lightweight.
10. Baby wipes: They will always come handy.
Our Food list for Havasu Falls
We brought enough food for 3 days and 2 nights to keep us going and full of energy during our stay. We saw many people having fully prepared meals and carrying plenty of cooking gear, but we did not wanted to carry that weight on our shoulders. Remember it is only a couple of days and anything fancy is not needed.
1. Trail Mix and Candy: It is important to keep your blood sugar levels up during the hike plus it is a delicious snacks!
2. Protein Bars: We brought six for each of us and did not even finish them all. Some other options include Beef Jerky, peanut butter, nuts and granola bars. It is all up to what you like snaking when you are hiking.
3. Tuna, raisins and mayo: It was perfect for a delicious lunch and dinner. It does get repetitive, but pack some extra mix-ins for variety.
4. Crackers: Great to put the tuna on or just have as a snack on their own, so pick a flavor you enjoy.
5. Gatorade Powder: Having the extra boost is great, without having to worry about carrying around all the extra weight before we drink it.
Clothing list for hiking Havasu Falls
It is too easy to pack an outfit, or even two for every day you are in Havasu Falls. But the reality is, you will not change as often as you think. Make sure to check the weather before departing for your hike to make sure you have the appropriate clothing packed. The only extra clothing Steven brought is a pair of socks and his bathing suit, but he is a bit extreme.
1. Thick socks: These are not only essential for comfortable hiking, but keep your feet warm at night.
2. Hiking Boots
3. Waterproof shoes
4. Bathing Suit
5. A pair of shorts (or hiking pants, depending on the weather)
6. 2 pairs of underwear: You can also opt to wear the bathing suit full time if it is comfortable.
7. 2X shirts: Short sleeve, long sleeve, or no sleeves, it is up to you!
8. Lightweight Jacket: Not only can it get chilly at night, but it is a great sun protector.
9. A hat: It does get sunny, especially on the hike out.
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