Grand Canyon GearHiking Backpack The need for a good backpack becomes obvious after hiking for 5-10 miles. Make sure to get one with airspace in the back and enough space for your gear. Water Reservoir If you are going down the South Kaibab Trail, make sure to take plenty of water. There are no water stops on Kaibab. Rangers recommend at least 1 gallon per person.
Water Purification Tablets Keep these tablets in your pack for water emergencies. These treat water taken out of streams and pools to make potable.
Hiking Shoes While they may look a little goofy, hiking shoes save feet from rough terrain. Most hiking shoes feature a hard sole which keep jagged rocks from bruising the bottoms of feet. Trekking Poles Let your arms do some of the work! Save your legs and maintain balance with these trekking poles. We were skeptical but these hiking poles really helped on the way back up. These adjust to fit about any height and collapse to fit in a suitcase. Spray on Sunscreen We can't get enough of the spray-on sunscreen and lotion. Protect your skin from harmful UV rays. Protein Bars Pack plenty of calories for the Grand Canyon hike. If you do not eat enough throughout the hike, you will lose significant energy. Energy Gels Again, calories are important to bring into the canyon. Phantom Ranch (at the bottom of the canyon) will sometimes run out of food so you need to pack in everything. Hiking Socks Take care of your feet! We changed soxks 3 times throughout the rim-to-river-to-rim hike.