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"Good stuff to bring" Top 5 Page for this destination Moab Packing List Tip by goodfish

Moab What to Pack: 11 reviews and 4 photos


Luggage and bags: Aside from your usual luggage, a backpack that allows both hands to be free for scrambling: essential if planning to explore the area canyons/parks.

Clothing/Shoes/Weather Gear: What to bring depends on what type of activities you're planning to do (slickrock biking, rafting, rock climbing, etc.) but the majority of travelers are likely coming to visit Arches and Canyonlands so my list is specific to day hikers, and to the warmer months. Anything fancier than cargo shorts and t-shirts is WAY too elegant for Moab. Yes, you can go to dinner in them.

Water-resistant jacket
Fleece vest or pullover
T-shirts both long and short-sleeved: heavy, 100% cotton is the enemy in wet weather so quick-drying blends are best
Socks: a synthetic mix is best to avoid blisters
Hiking shoes or boots with a good tread: the stickier the sole, the better. No open-toe sandals
Water shoes in a plastic bag

Toiletries and Medical Supplies: First-aid/emergency kit for day hikers:
Pain-relievers (Advil, etc.)
Antibiotic salve
Wet wipes
Ace bandage for splinting
Sterile tape
Whistle or small reflector (can use an old CD)
Small scissors and pocket knife
Spare pair of prescription eyeglasses, if you wear them
Bug repellent
Any medications you must take on a daily basis (insulin, etc)
Medication for anaphylactic reaction if allergic to bee stings

Photo Equipment: Whatever you use. Do bring an extra charged battery, and a polarizing lens and small tripod/unipod is nice if you have one. As exploring the parks in depth involves scrambling, your equipment must fit in your pack or otherwise allow both hands to be free. Dust can be a problem so lens cleaner is a good idea.

Miscellaneous: 2 water bottles: this is ESSENTIAL
Wet Wipes
Snacks: nutrition bars, gorp, etc.
Small bag for hauling out trash - please leave nothing but footprints behind!

A note about walking poles: unless you're intending on doing nothing but flat hikes (a near impossibility in this area) I don't advise bringing them. Again, there are many places where you need both hands to be free.

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Apr 26, 2012
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