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Paria Buckskin Gulch Packing List

Paria Buckskin Gulch packing list

Last year my dad hiked the Paria Buckskin Gulch. I had him share his packing list. He’s an avid thru-hiker and the type who tries to get as lightweight as possible.  Here’s what he packed for the 4-day hike.



  • Total starting weight was 32lbs. This includes 11,000 calories and 3 liters of water.
  • The hike was at the end of June
  • Temperatures were expected to be in the 85-105F range (they ended up only being 90F)
  • There are horse flies in Paria Buckskin Gulch. That’s why tights are on the packing list.
  • The insect repellent in the picture was transferred to a smaller bottle
  • The weather forecast was good so he didn’t pack the backpack upper compartment or tent fly.
  • Rope is required at a couple of locations.
  • There was a fire north of the Grand Canyon during the hike. The sky was dark the first day and the water was full of ashes for the entire trek.
  • I personally would have brought a first aid kit. This is what’s in my kit.


Paria Buckskin Gulch Packing List


  • Socks (worn plus 2)
  • Shorts (worn)
  • Sneakers (worn)
  • Compression shorts, spandex
  • UV long sleeve shirt
  • Short sleeve polyester shirt
  • Camp sandals
  • Sun hat
  • Polartec tights


  • Pack
  • Compass
  • SPOT Finder
  • Multi-tool
  • Flashlight
  • Trekking poles
  • Waterproof matches
  • 8 meters rope
  • Whistle
  • Duct tape (on trekking pole)

Cooking Gear

  • Fuel
  • Tent (no fly)
  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Stove
  • Cup
  • Pot and cover
  • Spoon


  • CamelBak
  • Coffee filters (pre-filtering water)
  • Plastic water bottles
  • Water purification liquid
  • Water filter


  • Toothbrush, paste and floss
  • Wag bag
  • Toilet paper
  • Medical tape
  • Sunscreen
  • Safety pins
  • Chapstick


  • Batteries
  • Camera
  • Garabage bags
  • Insect repellent
  • Sunglasses
  • Wallet/money/cards
  • Book, notepad, pen
  • Personal meds

Image credits: Robert Huebner (my dad) and “Cesspool” (CC BY-NC 2.0) by AlphaTangoBravo / Adam Baker

About the author /

Diane Vukovic grew up camping and backpacking in upstate New York. Now, she takes her own daughters on wilderness adventures so they can connect with nature and learn resiliency. With dozens of trips under her belt, Diane is an expert in minimalist camping, going lightweight, planning, and keeping her kids entertained without screens.

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