Grand Canyon Day Hike Checklist

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Grand Canyon Day Hiking Gear Checklist

 Gear Supplied by Just Roughin' It


We Supply


What’s It For?


Day Pack


Osprey backpacks are included with your tour cost to carry all of your things while on the trail.


Trekking Poles


Trekking poles are included with all JRI guided trips. Essential for taking 25% of your load off your knees.

Instep Crampons


Provided if trails are icy (Dec-early March)


Required Gear Not Supplied By JRI


Stuff to Bring

Our Price

What’s It For?


Bathroom Tissue


Nose blowing and butt wiping – you may not be able to wait until you get to a bathroom!


Hand Sanitizer


Anti-bacterial gel to kill, well…bacteria.


Hiking Hat

$16.00 & up

Sun protection.


Hiking Socks 

$16.95 & up

We recommend Point6 or Darn Tough – founders of Smart Wool have new, but small company with awesome hiking socks.


Hydration Bladders/Water Bottles

$7.95 & up

Holds water – you need this! Recommend 3-4 liters of carrying capacity. A 2 or 3 liter bladder plus additional bottles is a good combo. Our packs are compatible with hydration bladders of up to 3 liters.


Lip Balm SPF 15+

$2.95 & up

Sun protection for you lips – no one likes to kiss chapped lips.


Personal First Aid Kit

$9.00 & up

Bangs, cuts, and scrapes care. This is the one item you hope you won't have to use!


Prescription Meds


Ask your doctor if you don’t know.



$48.00 & up

They block the bright sun from your eyes and protect them from UVA and UVB rays.


Sunscreen SPF

$9.00 & up

Sun protection for the rest of you.


Optional Gear Items


Stuff you might want to bring

Our Price

What’s It For?


Arnica Lotion or Gel

$7.50 & up

Necessary for those sore hiking muscles!


Bandanas (2-3)

$2.99 each

All purpose camp tool – use as headwear, dust cover, sweat rag, snot rag, wash cloth, napkin, etc.


Camera, Case, and Batteries

Cases $25.00 & up

Taking pictures, protecting the camera & making sure the camera can keep taking pictures.



$0.99 & up

Great for attaching lightweight, wet, or accessible items outside your pack.


$16.95 & up

Yes, it does get cold in Arizona! You will want for winter hiking.


Insect Repellent

$7.95 & up

To repel bugs. It's dry in the desert so there aren't many bugs. But one bug can be one bug too many.

Knit Cap

$18.95 & up

Keeps your noggin warm when hiking during the winter months.




Blister treatment.


Super Salve

$3.10 & up

Anti-chaffing, blister prevention &/or healing of minor cuts, scrapes, and chaffing.


 Stuff to Wear


Clothing Item

Our Price

What’s It For


Hiking Boots or Shoes

$120 & up

Sturdy, broken in hiking boots or shoes, light to mid weight, aggressive tread (GoreTex or waterproofing is advised for winter hikes). If you buy new, give yourself at least 2 weeks to break your shoes in, which means wear them hiking and around daily – even to bed! You must also break in old shoes you have not worn in a while or shoes you are borrowing (if you really prefer to not have your own shoes). Wearing shoes that are not broken in or are too small or too big is a HUGE mistake and will make for a very miserable trip for you and everyone in your group. Expect to invest in a goof pair of shoes - they are key to happy hiking feet. Click here for information about selecting hiking shoes.


Hiking Socks

$16.95 & up

Hiking socks – we recommend a merino wool sock made by Point 6 or Darn Tough but most brands will do.  They are pricey but worth the investment. Your feet are the most important tool you have for hiking.


Short Sleeved Shirts

$26.00 & up

Short sleeved shirts that are lightweight, light colored, and breathable – wicking materials are best for the colder months in Grand Canyon - mid October through mid April.  Cotton is best in DRY heat; in order to stay cool, avoid wicking material. Tank tops are not recommended when carrying a day pack.


Hiking or Running Shorts

$65.00 & up

Hiking or running shorts - lightweight, comfortable, quick drying to avoid chaffing. NO denim! And, not recommended for the colder months.


Lightweight Hiking Pants

$65.00 & up

Convertible pants (shorts included!) are ideal for those days you're not sure if will be too hot or too cold.


Lightweight Long Sleeve Shirt

$25.00 & up

Lightweight long sleeve shirt for cooler mornings or fall/spring hikes. 

Lightweight Fleece

$59.00 & up

A great third layer for additional warmth. For cold weather hikes.

Weatherproof Shell

$100.00 & up Adds warmth and protection from the elements like wind and rain. For cold weather hikes.


Rain Gear

$1.19 & up

Only when dictated by weather. A lightweight poncho is usually sufficient.


 Tips & Tricks



Check local weather forecasts prior to the tour (see our additional resources) to help you determine what to wear. Use this link for updated weather forecast at the South Rim of Grand Canyon.


Essential Items

Please remember to always pack essential items such as passport, money, eyewear, medications, a change of clothing (including hiking shoes) and other essential items in your carry-on baggage, in case your checked luggage is delayed while you travel.


Layering Clothing

Temperatures vary about 20 degrees F from the rim to the bottom of Grand Canyon, so layering clothing is essential. Always test your layers before a trip. Your outer layer should fit easily over the inside ones without binding, bunching, or otherwise restricting movement.


Foot Care

Make sure your boots are broken in! Wear merino wool socks to help prevent blisters, and bring Moleskin for foot treatment in the event you get blisters. Also try Super Salve to prevent chaffing and blisters – great for feet, thighs, arms, etc.



You will want to bring your favorite non-perishable and durable (no bananas or chocolate) snacks to eat while hiking. Bring a good mix of salty and sweet! We recommend 4 snacks per person. Don't be afraid of carbs, sugar and salt on hiking trips in Grand Canyon. Trust us, you will burn it and your body will crave the quick energy you get from carbs.


Leave No Trace in Grand Canon

Biodegradable soap cannot be used in the creeks at Grand Canyon National Park. When you use soap, use in wash basins, sinks, and away from water sources. For more Leave No Trace principles, please check out the Leave No Trace website.


*** This checklist is generalized based on season and does not take into account drastic changes in temperature (hot or cold). Shoulder seasons (late September and early April) present varying degrees of weather – late and early season cold/warm fronts. JRI recommends you over pack for the trip so you are prepared for any last minute changes in weather. Any items you do not ultimately need for the trip can be left behind in the company vehicle on the morning of your trip. ***

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