A True Beginner’s Backpacking Gear List: Havasupai

Before August 2016, I had NO EXPERIENCE either hiking, camping, or backpacking. To be clear, I think I had gone on one local hike earlier that summer, I went camping when I was a little girl, but I do not remember any of it, and that is about it. But just to be even more clear, I DID NOT FORGET A SINGLE THING, or at least anything to make me regret it. I think I may NOT have used just two items as well.

August was my first trip to Havasupai Falls in Arizona, and I really had no idea what I was doing. So naturally, I did a lot of research, and asked for a lot of insight.

The trip was a total of four nights. Day one was the traveling day, and night one was spent at the trailhead, so I call them Traveling Day and Night Zero, respectively. Day one we began hiking around 0440 hours and finished about 6-7 hours later. On Day Four, Instead of hiking out, we took the helicopter out (we got super lucky). The group was five of us, three men (experienced hikers), and us two women (no experience whatsoever). Just so that you can get an idea of the circumstances.

So let’s cut to the chase. Here is what I brought with me…


The Gear List

  1. Osprey Viva 50 Pack
  2. Gregory Maya 16 Daypack (REI)
  3. Kelty Salida Tent (Amazon)
  4. Ticla Besito Sleeping Bag – Moonrise (Similar one at REI)
  5. Water Bladder (Amazon)
  6. Trekking Poles (Big 5)
  7. Headlamp (Amazon)


  1. Merrell Capra Bolt Low Waterproof (I recommend them in a heartbeat)
  2. Water Shoes (REI)
  3. Darn Socks (1)
  4. Spandex Shorts (3)
  5. Bathing Suit Bottoms (2)
  6. Tank Tops (2)
  7. Long Sleeve Shirt (1)
  8. Sports Bras (2)
  9. Hat (1)
  10. Buff


  1. Bowl
  2. Spork
  3. 1L bottle
  4. Knife


  1. Soap
  2. Shampoo/conditioner
  3. Diva Cup
  4. Extra hair ties
  5. Baby wipes
  6. Toothbrush


  1. Sunscreen
  2. Bugspray
  3. Whistle
  4. First Aid Kit
  5. Watch
  6. Paracord wristlet
  7. Fanny pack
  8. Credit Card
  9. ID Card
  10. Cash
  11. Cell Phone
  12. Waterproof case
  13. Selfie Stick (goPro)
  14. BlueTooth Remote Shutter
  15. Small towel

Items To Take Next Time:

  1. Therm-a-rest NeoAir Xlite Sleeping Pad (REI)
  2. MSR Windburner Stove System (REI)
  3. Water Filter (I haven’t decided yet)
  4. Waterproof Stuff Sack
  5. Different Water Shoes (REI)
  6. A Solar Power Source (Have not decided yet)
  7. Ear Plugs
  8. Fleece Bag Liner instead of my sleeping bag