National Park Packing List: What to Bring for Your Stay at The Bungalows

Dec 27, 2022 | Travel Tips, Zion National Park | 0 comments

One of the best things about planning a visit to Zion National Park is that there’s truly something for every visitor. The park offers some of the most challenging and unique hikes in the nation, including Angels Landing and The Narrows. But it also offers plenty of beginner-friendly options that are perfect for families with kids or anyone looking for a more relaxing hike. Even just taking a drive through the park and stopping to take pictures and enjoy the view can be an incredible way to spend an afternoon.

Anyone can enjoy an incredible visit to Zion. But having the right gear along can help you enjoy a safe, fun visit to the park. If you’re planning a visit to The Bungalows in 2023, keep reading for the ultimate national park packing list for your stay.

Water Bottle

Perhaps the most important piece of gear that you can have along with you is a water bottle—or several. During the summer months, it’s not unusual for temperatures to reach nearly 100 degrees. While there are plenty of trails with little elevation gain, many of Zion’s most popular trails involve a climb. Even though you might not feel thirsty when hiking during the colder months, it’s still easy to get dehydrated during a long or challenging hike.

Whether you plan to hike or just do some sightseeing, make sure that everyone in your group has a water bottle with them. If you are hiking, it’s a good idea to bring a water bottle with a clip to attach to your backpack or opt for a backpack with a water bottle pocket. The last thing you want to do is drop your water bottle on a steep hike!

If you’ll be taking on a longer trail, you may need to bring more than one bottle of water for your trek. In mild weather on an easy hike, the average adult will drink around 2 cups of water per hour. But if it’s hot or a trail is strenuous, you may need considerably more. Always pack more water than you expect to need, just in case you’re on the trail longer than you planned.

Don’t forget to hydrate when you’re not on the trails, too, so that you’re ready to go for the next day. Need your water extra cold? Every one of our Bungalows has a mini fridge perfect for stashing your water bottle.

Hiking Boots

Another must-have for your Zion adventure is a good pair of hiking boots. Even if you don’t have plans to take on Angels Landing, hiking boots provide support and traction when exploring the park. If you’re visiting during the winter months, they can help keep your feet dry and warm, and give you a better grip on slick surfaces.


Even if you’re visiting outside of the summer months, don’t forget to add sunscreen to your national park packing list. Some of the trails in Zion’s Lower Canyon have shade. Riverside Walk, for instance, is a great choice on a sunny day. But the higher you climb in the canyon, the less shade you’ll have.

Protecting your skin from UV rays is a must in the park all year long. Make sure that you’re choosing a sunscreen that is waterproof so it doesn’t disappear when you sweat. Reapply throughout the day, especially if you’re hiking. If you burn easily, consider wearing protective clothing as well.

Other Items to Add to Your National Park Packing List

Sunscreen, a good pair of hiking boots, and a water bottle are a few items that should definitely be on your national park packing list. Depending on how you plan to spend your time when you’re not relaxing at The Bungalows will determine what else makes the list.

Here are a few more items to consider putting on your national park packing list:

  • A first-aid kit
  • Camera
  • Back-up cell phone charger
  • Flashlight
  • Paper park map
  • Trekking poles
  • A backpack
  • Trail snacks
  • Rain Jacket
  • Extra socks
  • Blister block
  • Bug spray
  • Aloe

Putting the Ultimate National Park Packing List to Work

Whether you choose to spend your time tackling Angels Landing and The Narrows, strolling on the Riverside Walk, e-biking through the park, or taking scenic drives, there’s no shortage of things to do during your visit to Zion National Park. Staying at The Bungalows at Zion makes it easy to pack in as much adventure and fun to your trip as possible.

The Bungalows at Zion is located just a short walk from two shuttle stops. This makes it easy to hop on the Springdale Shuttle and ride to the entrance to the park.National Park Packing List: What to Bring for Your Stay at The BungalowsNot wasting time finding parking in town means more time to enjoy the park!

Ready to see for yourself what makes The Bungalows the perfect Zion lodging option? Why not plan an off-season visit? Winters in Zion are one of the park’s best-kept secrets. With lower temperatures and fewer crowds, you can experience more of the park than you might be able to in the summer. Plus, it’s a great way to save big on your stay!

Right now, when you book a stay of two or more nights before March 15, you’ll receive a 40 percent discount on your booking. Book today to take advantage of this huge discount!


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