Updated on September 18, 2020
Are you one of the lucky ones who have a permit to Havasupai Waterfalls in Havasu Creek, Grand Canyon, Arizona? Are you ready for the fantastic Havasu Falls Hike? However, it’s a tough backpacking trip. In other words, it’s essential to prepare well for it, so check our Havasupai Packing List. Above all, Havasu Falls hike is demanding and is 10 miles one way. Take advantage of our experience. Here is a checklist that will hopefully help you decide what to bring with you. It will help you avoid mistakes and thoroughly enjoy this heavenly place.
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Havasu Falls Camping Rules
As you probably know, it’s not easy to get Havasu Falls Permit. If you have one, you should prepare well for hiking to Havasu Creek. Havasupai campground is one of the most beautiful we have been so far. If you are looking for information on how to get to Havasu Falls when to start your hike, check our article, where we share our experience.
First of all, remember that you are on Havasupai Tribe land and you must respect their law. So, as a result, our Havasupai Packing List, we start from what you CANNOT TAKE to Havasupai campground and what you CANNOT DO in Havasupai, because they are strictly prohibited. Finally, you have to know that you can pay huge fines if you broke the rules. So above all, check all laws and campground rules and respect them. Check also out our article on how to choose the best camping site, please, because we share with you great hints.
What items you cannot take to Havasupai
- Alcohol, Drugs (also marihuana), Pets, Firewoods, Fireworks, Weapons/guns, Drones, Coolers, Wehicles, Bikes, Speakers, Biodegradable cosmetics, as soap.
What you cannot do in Havasupai
- NO photograph the village or residents of Havasupai, their community, as well mules
- NO make campfires in the Havasu campground
- NO use drones
- NO alcohol
- NO drugs (including weed)
- NO cliff-jumping
- NO diving
- NO rock climbing
- NO littering
- NO nudity or inappropriate clothing
- NO water sports
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Water and Food
First of all, take a minimum gallon (3,7 liter) of water per person for your hike. The temperature can often be well over 100 degrees in the summer. We like this Osprey Water Reservoir. It is comfortable, durable, and perfect for long hikes.
OUR TIP: Start hydrated yourself a day or two before the trek, drinking a minimum 0,5-0,6 of a gallon (2-2,5 liters) of water daily. There isn’t any water available on the trail, so plan to hike in the coldest part of the day, when the canyon is shady. The best time to start is before sunrise.
Take a sunscreen and sunhats. It’s good to take electrolytes for hydration and snacks, for instance, sandwiches, bananas, or protein bars.
Furthermore, there is only one store in Supai village, and prices are higher because there is no road. So, you must pack all your camping food which is ready to eat, or you can cook yourself on the campground. Above all, remember that choice in the store is limited, and if you need something special you have to bring it with you.
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- Hiking backpack. It’s essential for your trekking clothes and camping gear. Havasupai Falls backpacking is an excellent experience. Most importantly is that the backpack has to be comfortable so that it doesn’t burden your spine. Our choice is Deuter because these backpacks are of excellent quality. They lie on your back very well, and above all, trekking with them is a pleasure. Agnes’ choice is Deuter Aircontact Lite 60 for women. Chris has Deuter Aircontact Lite 65 for men. They are stable, reliable, and have a lot of space for equipment. Perfect for the spine. The necessary camping gear with a tent and a hammock will fit, as well as your trekking clothing. And finally, our arms and back were not tired after a 10 mile long Havasu Falls hike with Deuter’s backpacks. We have been using them for several years and we can highly recommend.
- Trekking poles. For as must-have gear for the hike. On those uphill climbs, trekking poles help take some of the weight off your hips and legs by utilizing your arm strength. On the downhill, they help ease the pressure on your knees. Hiking poles should be light but tackle any terrain.
- Lightweight tent. It’s important to have a solid backpacking tent. But should be light and easy to put up. We have 2 person tent, which offers a good amount of space and it’s warm inside.
- However, if you are going to Havasu during the summer months when it is hot, consider the Hammock Tent. It is a perfect solution. At Havasu, you have lots of trees where you can hang your Hammock Tent and sleep in at night. They are light, protected from insects and possible rain or wind. Resting in such a Hammock Tent is a real joy. It is also lighter and takes up less space than a tent in a backpack.
- Lightweight sleeping bag. Light or ultralight sleeping bag is a must-have. But most of all it has to be warm even during summer. Above all, it keeps you healthy. Sleeping bag keeps you comfortable, especially in the morning. It’s essential to be warm enough for you; otherwise, camping will stop being a pleasure. Our choice is Mummy Sleeping Bag.
- Light Thermarest sleeping pad. Insulation is important. Sleeping pad gives you cushion and padding while you are sleeping, so don’t forget mattress with you for camping. Our choice is Therm-a-rest Trail Sleeping Pad, which is self-inflating, light, solid foam type, and we enjoy our nights in a tent with this stuff.
- Hammock. We love hammocks. After the hike, we hang the hammock on the trees and rest hanging out in it. In addition, it’s great for the spine. We have a light double camping hammock, which allows us to relax together. In Havasu Falls Camping, you have lots of trees where you can hang on the hammock. For us it’s essential for Havasu Falls Hike so do not forget to add it to Havasupai Packing List.
- Headlamp. It’s must-have on camping and also during the only a one-day hike. Our choice is a strong headlamp.
Cooking & Eating
- Travel stove or travel stove set. We use ultralight backpacking travel stove to prepare our hot meals while camping. Agnes will not get up without a cup of hot coffee, so for us, it is must-have. And don’t forget coffee, matches and camping plates, ultralight camping spork, and coffee mug 😉
- Fuel. For a 3-day trip, one 230-gram fuel canister should be enough if you are using your stove for coffee and dinner.
- Camping knife. It should be high quality, from carbon stainless steel. Our choice is Gerber.
- Water filtering. There is one spring at camping that provides safe drinking water. So we didn’t filter it. However, it’s a good option to have some Water Purification Tablets just in case. For sure you should take Bag Water Reservoir, it’s essential because spring is located at the beginning of Havasu Falls Camping, which is over half mile long. And most important, remember to take a minimum of one gallon or 3 liters of water for your hike, but if you are going to hike during the day, about noon, take much more. Zip Water Reservoir is very comfortable. Or you can take a big bottle of water and water filter.
Paracord, food bag, and a trash bag. Yes, you need them, because there are many squirrels at camping. So you should protect your food, and take it in a food sack. At night there are also raccoons and they want your food and trash too. Anytime you are sleeping, or away from your campsite, you’ll want to hang stuff on paracord with carabiners clip, so those animals can’t get it. It is necessary to protect the garbage because the animals pull them out at night. So take a trash bag, please. And the basic principle of camping is not littering. Everybody takes their trash from the campsite to the village.
- Small daypack. It’s good to have one for daily hikes. It’s a great idea to pack your equipment in a waterproof floating backpack or Lightweight Packable Backpack.
- Rain cover for smartphones. If you like taking photos with your smartphone you should use a dry bag for it, especially when you are in waterfalls.
- Swimsuit. A swimwear is necessary. Above all, after Havasupai trekking it’s great to relax in pools of Havasu Falls, it’s a fantastic experience. And water is warm enough around noon to take a bath.
- Sunglasses. Yes, it’s essential. There is a lot of sunny days in Havasu Creek. Certainly, it’s good to have sunglasses.
- Hat or cap. Agnes loves classic wool hats that protect hair and head before the sun. Chris prefers caps.
- Water shoes. Waterproof shoes with excellent traction are essential because rocks are slippery. If you want to bath in waterfalls, be sure to take waterproof shoes. Stones are wet and slippery. You will also need them during the hike. To reach Beaver falls you will cross the river three times. Water sometimes reaches the knees and thighs. Agnes loves closed-toed Keen sandals. Chris prefers light Swim Shoes. Above all, you’ll want a pair of shoes you can hike through the water. Finally, there are also a lot of streams that you cross at the camp every day, so water shoes are essential.
- Hiking boots. Yes, you need them. Havasu Falls hike is strenuous. Above all, you are walking on rocky and sandy terrain. You should have a well-protected foot and ankle. Most of all, you will hike to Mooney Falls, and Beaver Falls. We used hiking boots, and when we crossed the river, we changed them for water boots. And it was the best option. Waterproof outdoor boots are essential in every travel. Our choice is Mammut. We hiked in Mammut boots many miles on challenging trails. These hiking boots are great for harsh weather conditions. They are reliable and comfortable. They have excellent traction so that you can hike even in mud, rocks, sand, or snow. So most important is to have good quality, comfortable hiking boots.
- Socks. Good moisture-wicking socks are must-have during your trip to Havasu Falls. Our choice is Merino Wool Hiking Socks, which are incredibly soft and warm and have natural wicking and odor-resistant properties. As a result, keep you dry and comfortable while active in chilly weather.
- Hiking underwear. First of all, you need high quality and quick dry underwear, for the reason that it’s essential to feel comfortable during your hike and camping. So choose well your travel underwear. For Agnes best hiking underwear are sports bra and quick dry women’s outdoor bikini. Chris’ choice is breathable travel boxers.
- Long sleeve thermal base layers. It is another important item because the weather is unpredictable. Mornings and evenings in Havasu Falls camping might be chilly even during summer. That’s why layered clothing will help you get ready for any conditions. Proper thermal underwear is essential during hiking or sleeping in a tent. We always take a minimum of two sets of long-sleeved thermal underwear with us. Chris likes Merino Wool Thermal Pants, which are breathable and keeping you fresh in summer and warm in winter. His choice is also Long Sleeve Thermal Shirt , which keeps you dry and comfortable while active in cold weather, and is super soft. Agnes’ option is set Midweight Stretch Long Sleeve Top and Women’s Tight for it, which is soft and warm and helps stay warm without overheating. We always choose a set with the highest weight (230-250gm) to protect us against cold and a set with an average weight (180-200gm).
- Flees jacket. Agnes loves her Kuhl jacket. It’s one of the best she ever had because it’s warm enough and comfortable. This jacket is excellent for everyday layering in chilly weather. It also has big pockets for necessary gear as smartphone and even small lens, and our small DJI osmo pocket camera. Chris’ choice is Mammut, which is warm and great as a layer as well. Remember that in the desert there are significant temperature differences between day and night, that’s why even in summer it is worth having warm clothes.
- Windstopper jacket. Windproof and warm jacket in the mountains is a must-have. Windbreaker is ideal for backpacking and hiking. Chris’ choice is a softshell jacket, Agnes’ choice is hooded softshell jacket.
- Hiking pants. We prefer light waterproof outdoor trousers which are also windproof. Therefore our choices are Soft Shell Waterproof Thin Fleece Pants for Chris, and Quick Drying Lightweight Hiking Pants for Agnes.
- Hiking shorts. For a hot day hike, it’s good to have one pair of hiking shorts. You can take also jeans or leggins if you like.
- Short sleeve thermal t-shirt. It’s good to have minimum two short sleeve t-shirt. When it’s a hot day this t-shirt helps you to stay dry. It’s great for Havasu Falls hike so don’t forget to add it to Havasupai Packing List.
- Gloves. Well, even during summer, it’s good to take a pair because you have chains and ladders on the hike to Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls. They are often wet because of the waterfall breeze. We prefer windproof Touchscreen Gloves because they are useful while taking photos.
- Windproof band. We like headbands. Agnes likes Buff headbands, Chris prefers polar ear band. It’s great for chilly mornings.
- Rain jacket. Just in case. A good rain jacket (Agnes’ choice) helps you stay dry. Chris likes this gore-tex technology jacket. They are lightweight, breathable, and will keep you dry in case of a storm, which occurs in the summer.
- Quick dry towel. It’s essential for the Havasu Falls hike. Our favorite is Microfiber Towel which is ultralight and fast drying.
Safety & Security
Do not forget your Identification: ID or passport – you must have it on check-in. Take also confirmation of your reservation to Havasu Falls.
First of all, remember that there are no medical services in Havasupai Falls and Supai village, no doctors, no hospitals. So, above all, you should have:
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- GPS. For us is must-have. You should take one for your safty. Take a watch with GPS or Handheld GPS.
- First Aid. Most noteworthy, you should always have a first aid kit when you are hiking in the backcountry. There is no medical help in Havasu Falls. Ultralight Adventure Medical Kits is essential in case of wound.
- Prescription drugs. If you have to take some medicines, do not forget them. It’s impossible to get medicines in Havasupai Falls.
- Safety whistle. Safety Survival Whistle – emergency whistle is essential in case of an accident and the need to call for help. Hike in Havasu Falls, especially to Mooney Falls and Beaver Falls are tough and sometimes might be dangerous.
- Knife and multi-tool. This survival kit includes an emergency blanket, Multitool Pliers, fire starter, scraper, swiss card, flashlight, whistle, folding knife, Heavy Duty Carabiners, tactical pen, woodcutter, and water bottle clip.
- Money/cash. If you want to buy food from the Indian family, you have to take cash. They have great Indian tacos. But you need cash. It’s also cheaper to pay cash in the village. When you pay a credit/debit card, it’s extra fee. For instance, helicopter costs 95 when you pay by card, instead of 85 (cash).
- Map. It is not necessary for your hike to Havasu Falls. The trail is well marked. But it’s worth having a map of this area; they contain a lot of exciting information.
Comfort & Toiletries
- Toothbrush and toothpaste. Small travel kit is enough for 3 days camping.
- Cleaning wipes or baby wipes. There is no shower or running water in the Havasupai campground. So take a lot of refreshing wipes. Please do not bring soap or shampoo and do not use any cosmetics in the water. Even those that are biodegradable threaten animal life. Intimate wet wipes are essential if you are a woman. Chris uses Mens Shower Body Wipes.
- Sun-screen lotion. You need it during summer because in Havasu Falls it’s sweltering.
- Hand sanitizer and toilet paper. Just in case. But usually is on the campsite.
For Havasu Falls hike, we limited our photo equipment to a minimum, and we put our gear to backpacks, for the reason that it’s a long hike. Remember there is no electricity in the Havasupai campground so take a supply of batteries to your camera. Above all, check our photography equipment list below to make sure you have everything to take good photos.
Cameras. Canon EOS R – very light and modern mirrorless camera – which is used by Chris.
Agnes uses Nikon D750 – an optimal choice for traveling photographers because it’s light camera with excellent quality sensor and very ergonomic.
- Ultra-wide Lens. In the case of Canon, we recommend EF 16-35mm f/4L IS USM or EF 16-35mm f/2.8L or cheaper 17-40mm f/4L EF Ultra Wide Angle. In Nikon system, it’s good to have Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED or Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 16-35mm f/4G ED VR.
- Standard zoom lens. In the case of Canon, we recommend EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II USM or EF24-105mm F4L IS II USM. In the Nikon system, it’s good to have Nikon AF-S FX NIKKOR 24-70mm f/2.8E ED VR or Nikon 24-120mm f/4G ED-IF AF-S NIKKOR VR. Utra-wide lens and standard zoom lens were enough in Havasu Falls.
- We didn’t take telephoto lenses for wildlife for this trip because they are too heavy. Our standard telephoto lens for wildlife and landscape is: Canon EF 100-400mm f/4.5-5.6L IS II USM, and Nikon AF-S NIKKOR 80-400mm f/4.5-5.6G ED VR. But if you are strong enough or have space in your backpack, it might be good idea to take one telephoto lens. On the way to Havasu, you can meet wildlife like eagles, falcons, deer.
- Tripod. It’s essential for Havasu Falls hike if you want to take great pictures of Havasupai Waterfalls. We use Sirui tripods for two reasons. First of all, they are built very well and reminds good Gitzo tripods for a quarter of the price. Second, they are cheap. We do not want to spend too much money for a tripod – isn’t it better to move this budget to lenses?
- Filters. Above all, every good photographer at some moment in time grows up to acquire some set of basic filters. Sometimes the collection is expanded over time, and sometimes you stay with your favorite set for years. So it’s the right approach to buy once and buy a good set. What we can do is to share our experience in this matter. Filters are useful mainly in landscape photography, and nowadays, with modern software is less and less critical. But still rule number one is to take the best possible photo on the spot and do not count too much on postproduction. It is why we still keep carrying our filter sets. Again, the filter topic is so broad, we can dedicate a particular article to them, but here we would like to share only recommendations for the Havasu Falls hike. And it is simple. Certainly, you will need a minimum one, optimum three, and maximum several filters.
Minimum: Circular polarizing filter. Please make sure it fits your lens diameter. We recommend Heliopan or B+W filters.
Optimum: Circular polarizing filter, and ND grad filters (we suggest Lee soft edge 0.9 and Lee reverse ND grad to begin with). In the case of ND grads, you will need a holder as well.
Finally, Maximum: Circular polarizing filter, ND grad filters (minimum Lee soft edge 0.9, Lee reverse ND grad and a holder) and full ND (Lee Big Stopper or Little Stopper)
With memory cards, it is easy. You always should buy the fastest and most reliable ones. For years we were using SanDisk and Lexar CF and SD cards for the reason that we never had any issues with them. This is why we can recommend them to you. Finally, it doesn’t make sense to save on cards because, certainly, you do not want to lose your pictures because of a card failure.
Finally, Remote Control Shutter Release. It’s great to have one, especially for photos taken from a tripod, it’s for taking pictures of waterfalls and must-have for night photos. Our choice is: Camera Remote Wireless Shutter Release Intervalometer.
Summarizing. Remember to take the essential things and not to overpack yourself. Above all, the most important is your safety and hydration on the trail, so take a lot of water.
We hope that this Havasupai Packing list was helpful, and you will enjoy your Havasu Falls hike!
Check out our related Havasu Falls articles:
PART 1 – HAVASU FALLS PERMIT AND HAVASUPAI RESERVATIONS
PART 2 – HAVASUPAI PACKING LIST – You are in this part 🙂
PART 3 – HIKE TO HAVASU FALLS
PART 4 – HAVASU FALLS CAMPING GUIDE AND RULES
PART 5 – WATERFALLS OF HAVASU CREEK PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE