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Havasupai Packing List

The Havasupai Packing List is for those who plan or dream of hiking to the famous Havasu Falls, Arizona. We share our experience of what to pack for the Havasu Falls hike. And we have a lot of experience because Chris is a lucky guy who has been to Havasu Falls three times! So we know exactly what to pack and how to prepare for this adventure. 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, the Havasu Falls hike is demanding and is 10 miles one way. Take advantage of our experience. Here is a checklist that will help you decide what to bring with you. It will help you avoid mistakes and thoroughly enjoy this heavenly place. So, check our complete Havasu Falls Packing List.

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Havasu Falls Packing List – Introduction

Are you the lucky ones who have a mandatory permit to Havasupai Waterfalls in Havasu Creek, Grand Canyon, Arizona? Are you ready for the fantastic Havasu Falls Hike? If yes, check our Havasupai Packing List. Chris was there three times! So we know, what to pack and how to pack for this adventure.

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 and tell you details about hike to Havasu. Check also out our article on how to choose the best camping site in Havasu Falls, because we share with you great hints.

Havasu Falls Camping Rules

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 more about the Havasu Falls campground in this post.

What items you cannot take to Havasu Falls?

Don’t pack: Alcohol, Drugs (also marihuana), Pets, Firewoods, Fireworks, Weapons/guns, Drones, Coolers, Vehicles, Bikes, Speakers, Biodegradable cosmetics, as soap.

What is prohibited on the Havasupai Tribal Land (Havasu Falls)?

It is prohibited in Havasu Falls: photograph the Havasupai village or residents of Havasupai, their community, as well mules; use drones, drink or have alcohol, use or have drugs (including weed), make campfires. Prohibited are also: nudity or inappropriate clothing, cliff-jumping, diving, rock climbing, water sports, littering.

Havasu Falls Packing List – Hiking Backpack

The key to a successful hike to Havasu Falls is proper preparation, proper packing, and a comfortable backpack. It’s 10 miles one-way in the rugged desert and rocky terrain. A comfortable pack will make your trek easier. 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 uses 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 food. Our arms and back were not tired after a 10-mile long hike with Deuter’s backpacks.

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Havasupai Packing List – Water and Food for a hike

Hydration during a hike to Havasu Falls

First of all, take a minimum gallon (3,7 liter) of water per person for your hike to Havasu Falls. There is no water on the trail, and there is no water on the trailhead (here you can check details about trailhead and hike to Havasu). 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. It’s good to take some electrolytes for hydration during the hike.

OUR TIP: Start hydrating yourself a day or two before the trek, drinking a minimum of 0,5-0,6 of a gallon (2-2,5 liters) of water daily, and don’t drink alcohol a few days before the hike. 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 hiking to Havasu Falls is before sunrise. We started hiking at 4 am. It was dark, but the temperature was perfect. What’s more, we got to Havasu campground early, so we had more choice of camping spots and had almost a whole day to enjoy the waterfalls.

Snacks for a hike to Havasu Falls

Pack some snacks for your hike sandwiches, bananas, and protein bars. We also pack Beef Jerky. The hike takes a few hours so you will be hungry. It would help if you had enough energy. Furthermore, there is only one store in Supai village, and prices are higher because there is no road. The choice of products in the store is minimal.

Havasu Falls packing list
Havasu Falls packing list

Havasupai Packing List – Camping Gear

  • 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.
  • 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 Tent. 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 Campground, 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. What’s more, it’s a great solution for solo travelers.
  • 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 and love this 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 your Havasupai Packing List. More about hammock, and how to choose the best backpacking hammock read in our post.
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  • Trekking poles. For as must-have gear for the hike to Havsu Falls. 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. You can read more about the advantages of using hiking poles in our article How To Choose and Use Trekking Poles?
  • Headlamp. It’s must-have on camping and also during the only a one-day hike. If you follow our advice and start your hike before sunrise at 4-5 am, the headlamp will come in handy on the trail. So don’t forget to pack it. Our choice is a strong headlamp.

Havasupai Packing List – Cooking & Eating

As we mentioned at the beginning of the article, you need to pack food for three nights and four days at the campground. You have one small shop in Supai Village (2 miles from the Havasu Falls campground), but prices are pretty high and limited choices. One Indian family often sells fresh meals off Havasu Falls, so you have the chance to get a warm local meal. But there is no rule that their food stall will be there during your stay. So pack food supply.

  • 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 to Havasu Falls, one 230-gram fuel canister should be enough for 2 people, 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 Havasu Falls 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. Especially if you have a sensitive stomach or other ailments. We always pack 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 also 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.
  • Food. We packed camping meals that were easy and quick to prepare. Thanks to that we could spend more time at the waterfalls and less on cooking and cleaning. We love this products, as their perfect for backpacking.We also ate Mountain House on other hikes, and we can recommend this product. Pack your favorite snacks, coffee, bread, or fruit. If you are on any special diet, take all food with you as you may have trouble getting the necessary supplies in 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. Need to pack water, snacks, towel, camera for the Beaver Falls and Mooney Falls trek.
  • 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.
Havasupai Packing List
Havasupai Packing List

Havasupai Packing List – Clothing

Adapt the suggestions below from our Havasu Falls Packing List to the season you are going to Havasupai. From June to August, temperatures are sweltering during the day but is quite chilly at night. The temperature differences are significant because you are at the canyon’s bottom. So even if you are going in summer, take something warmer and wear layers. The waterfalls are phenomenal. In addition to our tips below, it is worth packing a lovely dress or an exciting T-shirt to have amazing photos with the falls at the backgrounds.

  • 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.
  • Quick dry towel. It’s essential item on our Havasu Falls Packing List. Our favorite is Microfiber Towel which is ultralight and fast drying.
  • 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.
  • Sunscreen Lotion. The best choice is reef friendly.
  • Water shoes. Waterproof shoes with excellent traction are essential items on our Havasu Falls Packing List 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 and use for years closed-toed Keen sandals. Chris prefers light Swim Shoes. Above all, you need a pair of shoes to hike through the water. There are also a lot of streams that you cross at the camp every day, so water shoes are essential.
  • Hiking boots or Hiking shoes. 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. We also like and use Keen shoes. These hiking boots and shoes 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 or shoes.
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hike to Beaver Falls
  • 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 on our Havasu Falls Packing List, 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. But if you hike in summer months one set should be enough. 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 Long Sleeve Thermal Shirt and Leggings Midweight Thermal 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 (Spring, Fall, Winter) and a set with an average weight (100-200gm) for summer months.
  • 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 Superdry jacket 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.
  • 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 alweys wet and slippery because of the waterfall breeze. We prefer windproof Touchscreen Gloves because they are also useful while taking photos.
  • Rain poncho. Just in case. A good rain poncho helps you stay dry. They are lightweight, and will keep you dry in case of a storm, which occurs in the summer.

Havasu Falls Packing List – Safety & Security

First of all, remember that there are no medical services in Havasupai Falls and Supai village, no doctors, no hospitals. There is no telephone coverage, the internet does not work, there is no way to call for help. So, above all, you should have:

  • Your Identification: ID or passport – you must have it on check-in. Take also confirmation of your reservation to Havasu Falls.
  • Travel Insurance. You can buy and claim online, even after you’ve left home. Travel insurance from WorldNomads.com is available to people from over 130 countries. It’s designed for adventurous travellers with cover for overseas medical, evacuation, baggage and a range of adventure sports and activities.
  • First Aid Kit. 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.
  • Solid Powerbank. You will be without electricity for three days, so charge your phone, pack a power bank.
  • 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.
  • GPS. It’s optional. However for us is must-have. We use watches with GPS or Handheld GPS.
  • 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/Book. 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. It is worth reading a book while rocking in a hammock. We recommend the following books on the Havasu Falls history and the Havasupai tribe. It is excellent to know and be aware of this place and its history.
Top Trails of Arizona Includes Havasu FallsExploring Havasupai: A Guide to the Heart of the Grand CanyonPeople of the Blue WaterI Am the Grand Canyon: The Story of the Havasupai People
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Havasupai Packing List – Comfort & Toiletries

Please note that the Havasu Falls campground has no running water, no bathrooms with showers. There are only primitive compost toilets. You cannot take water-polluting cosmetics, so do not pack them with you.

  • 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.
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Havasupai Packing List – Photograpy Gear

For the Havasu Falls hike, we limited our photo equipment to a minimum, and we put our gear in 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.

Havasu Falls Packing List – Cameras

Cameras. Canon EOS R – a very light and modern mirrorless camera – which is used by Chris.
Agnes uses Nikon D750 – an optimal choice for traveling photographers because it’s a light camera with excellent quality sensors and is very ergonomic.

Havasu Falls Packing List – Lenses

Havasupai Packing List – Tripod

  • 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?

Havasupai Packing List – Filters

  • 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 0.9Lee reverse ND grad and a holder) and full ND (Lee Big Stopper or Little Stopper)

Havasupai Packing List – Memory cards

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 a must-have for night photos. Our choice is: Camera Remote Wireless Shutter Release Intervalometer.

Summarizing. Remember to take the essential things and not 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 Havasu Falls 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 3HIKE TO HAVASU FALLS
PART 4 – HAVASU FALLS CAMPING GUIDE AND RULES
PART 5WATERFALLS OF HAVASU CREEK PHOTOGRAPHY GUIDE

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15 Comments

  1. I have a few things to say about this post. First I really loved how through it was for this specific place. Then I’m so happy to learn that they have been able to enforce such strict rules in that place! This allows everyone coming after to be able to enjoy the place as it is and not deteriorated. I wish I can experience it some time soon. 
    Then, have to say that even though you offered great recommendations when it comes to backpacks and boots I would personally change them for osprey and salomon. After a lot of hiking in my life I have found out that those brands tend to be a lot more durable. 

  2. Havasu Falls Hike sounds really interesting! I love hiking, but only do day hikes that last a few hours. I would have no idea what to bring for camping or a longer hike so it is great to read through your packing list! I have hiking shoes, but not hiking boots. I have been thinking about getting some so I will check out your recommendation. 

  3. What an absolutely awesome experience! I am someone who is a type of planner and organizer, and the way this information is laid out is perfect to me. I love that you’ve divided everything up by sections, and didn’t just create one giant list – that helps a lot. A memory card is such a good idea for any trip. I ran out of space on my trip to London and constantly had to decide which photos to delete every time we went somewhere new to take photos. 

  4. Although I might like to do the hike to Havasu Falls, it sounds like it would be way beyond my capability.  So love to travel along with you on the blog.  Good to be aware of the long list of things not to do on this hike.  Your packing list will surely make everyone who follows your steps well prepared.  

  5. Oh wow, I’m impressed by the thorough rules to camp at Havasupai and ensure that they protect the area and make sure everyone is able to enjoy it long into the future. And I love your tips about where to hike to ensure you’re taking advantage of the shade and not roasting in the heat. A hammock and water filter are a great idea especially given the need to account for your own water and ability to relax anywhere. 

  6. I’ve always wanted to do this hike and reading your packing guide makes me want to go even more badly! The travel stove looks super handy. I wouldn’t have thought to bring water shoes so you got some awesome tips!

  7. It would be great to receive permit for Havasu Falls Hike as it is really incredible. I am glad you have listed all packing items in this post and also what we can’t carry. Good to know we can’t carry drones. And even taking photos of mules are prohibited. I loved your photo on swing with backdrop of waterfalls. It is so relaxing spot amidst lap of nature.

  8. Havasupai has great rules and this is very nice. This is so much information and so useful. This really prepares one for camping. Some of the recommendations are great and perfectly laid out.  I actually learned so much. Safety and security part is very important. I would love to have some of the camping gears. 

  9. This is an absolutely rustic experience. I totally, appreciate the details you have shared here. The whole packing list and the dos and donts are absolutely valuable. I can understand that photography is prohibited but even of the mules? That is quite an extreme but then, it is best to respect that and etch the experience in your memory

  10. This is very a informative list of gear for a long dry-climate hike, Havana sounds beautiful. I like the idea of a hammock tent for sleeping in hot weather. I bet this would be a great packing list for other hikes too!

  11. This is such a comprehensive packing guide for Havasupai — really like that you’ve included notes on what is prohibited in the area, both items to have with you, and behaviour of visitors. So important!

  12. I love this post. It’s a very thorough outline of what is needed to hike Havasupai. I have read a little about this area and it would be so interesting to see in person. It looks gorgeous! I love how certain items are prohibited.

  13. What a thorough list for an epic adventure. While I’m not much of a camper — I just like indoor plumbing too much — I will say that headlamps are pretty much the coolest invention since rechargeable batteries! I keep one in my car and use it ALL the time!

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