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Ultimate Moab Packing List – What to Pack For Arches National Park

Ultimate Moab Packing List – What to Pack For Arches National Park

Worried about what to pack for Arches National Park, and the other State and National Parks in the Moab area? Well fear not! We have you covered with our Ultimate Moab Packing List to make sure you are prepared whether you are going hiking in Arches or Canyonlands, spending time on the Colorado River or hanging out in Moab Town we will tell you exactly what to pack for Arches National Park.  

We visited Moab, Arches and Canyonlands National Park in Summer so this Moab packing list is based off our personal experiences of travelling there in Summer. Now, I am sure don’t need to tell you that Utah gets seriously hot in the summer. If you have travelling to Moab in Summer we have some great itineraries for you, even if you only have one day in the area, and these itineraries all take into account the crazy heat you can get in Summer in Moab.

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Note: this Moab Packing List is designed for those staying in Moab near Arches National Park rather than those camping inside one of the state or national Parks. 

Ultimate Moab Packing List – What to Pack for Arches National Park

moab packing list - What to wear in Arches national Park

moab packing list – What to wear in Arches national Park

Note about this packing list – This packing list is intended to be used on a 3 day Moab itinerary ! However if you have more or less time you can alter some of the quantities of items you take. 

What to Wear in Arches National Park in the Summer – Arches National Park Packing List

During the Summer, Arches National Park along with Canyonlands and other Moab attractions gets seriously hot! This packing list includes everything you need to be sun safe in the parks.

what to pack for moab

  • Lightweight fleece
    I know it seems strange to be talking at the heat of Utah and then advise buying a fleece however just because it is hot during the day doesn’t mean that the desert doesn’t get cold during the night. A lightweight fleece jacket is an essential for those visiting Arches National Park. The Park gets so busy during the day and one of my top tips for visiting the park is to go very early in the morning (before sun up) and for sunset to beat the crowds and get the trails to yourself. You therefore will definitely need a lightweight fleece. But don’t worry this will pack down to nothing if you need to carry it round during the day!
  • T Shirts –  (quantity – 3).
    I personally recommend bringing some long sleeve cotton t-shirts with you for added sun protection.
  • Zip Off walking trousers  (quantity – 2)
    I recommend bringing these instead of trousers and shorts separately as it will save on space. They are also very comfortable when doing long hikes and dry quickly if they get wet.
  • Swimwear
    It is a good idea to book a hotel with in Moab with a pool as you might want to spend time in the afternoon cooling off in by having a swim. This is also required if you are going to be speeding any time on the Colorado River.
  • Hiking Socks (4 pairs)
    I don’t know about you but I hate blisters and also hate having wet feet so I recommend packing more socks than you actually required.
  • Sunglasses
  • Sun Hat/ Baseball Cap

What to wear hiking in Moab

Wondering what to wear hiking in Moab? Hiking in Moab doesn’t require special clothing from the normal Arches / Moab Packing List. But probably the main question to ask regarding what to wear hiking in Moab is:

Do I need to wear hiking boots at Arches National Park

Not all National Parks and trails require hiking boots in my opinion however Arches is not one of these Parks! In my opinion Hiking Boots are 100% necessary on pretty much every trail in Arches National Park especially if you want to get away from the crowds and take a walk on way of the primitive trails. We definitely recommend trying at least one of these as some of the arches at Arches National Park can get really busy but we only saw two other people on the primitive trail we took! 

What to pack for Moab – footwear

  • Water Shoes (optional)
    Now water shoes are not required for Arches National Park however if you are heading to Moab, you should really consider adding spending time on the Colorado River to your Moab itinerary! If you decide to go kayaking, rafting  or something else adventurous on the river then water shoes are a good idea!

What Kids Should Wear in Arches National Park

What to bring to Moab and Arches National Park with kids

Clothing wise I don’t recommend really packing anything different for children to adults in general.

Rather than packing just a rain jacket, for my little one we found it better to have a children’s rain suit !

Also when travelling with small children, again check their shoes have a good sole and they can’t be kicked off if you are carrying them.

what to wear to arches national park

what to wear to arches national park

What to pack for Moab and Arches with Kids Packing List

what to wear in moab and arches national park with kids

what to wear in moab and arches national park with kids

If you are travelling with kids, other than clothes there are a couple of other things we recommend packing:

  • backpack reins
    I know that these can be divisive amongst parents and not everyone likes to use them but if you want to do some more serious hikes with kids, and see some arches with their sheer drops, they are a great added safety precaution.
  • baby carrier or Hiking Toddler Back Pack
    If you do decide to go for the traditional baby carrier over a hiking backpack carrier then check out the best carriers for hot weather! 

What to bring to Moab (non clothing) 

what to pack for moab for visiting Arches National Park with kids

what to pack for moab for visiting Arches National Park with kids

There is so much to do in Moab and its surrounding area so the days can be long! As I mentioned above I always  I recommend getting into the park before sunrise for a chance to beat the crowds – the busiest hours in Arches are between 10-4! Therefore make sure you have everything in your day back pack hen you set off first thing in the morning!

  • Reusable water bottle 
    When seeing such amazing natural experiences, it always reminds me how important it is to try and reduce plastic when we travel. Be sure to have a large enough bottle with you and make sure you refill at the visitors centre.
  • Coffee Thermos and Mugs 
    Getting in the park very early means that places in town will not be open before you leave for a full breakfast. I always fill up a coffee thermos before we go into a national park to help with the early start!
  • Cool Box
    There are no cafe / facilities in the main Arches National Park or Canyonlands, while Dead Horse State Park only has limited facilities (Pony Expresso coffee hut for coffee and pastries). Therefore you will definitely want to take food with you. Given the heat of Utah, be sure to have a cool box with you for the food.
  • Back Pack
  • Quick Dry Towel
    Required for those considering spending time on the Colorado River.
  • Camera, lens and spare batteries
  • Trust me, your camera will be out all the time at Arches and surrounding Moab attractions so be sure to have spare batteries
  • Binoculars
  • Sun Cream
    You can be pretty exposed in Arches and Moab and topped with the strength of the sun there you will definitely need lots of sun screen with you. Do carry this with you on hikes as you will need to refresh your suncream on longer hikes.
  • Phone and spare battery pack

What to wear in Moab at Night?

Even if you are planning to spend most of your time in the National and State Parks chances are you will be spending some time in the town of Moab, and you might be thinking about spending time in Moab at night. So what should you be wearing Moab? 

We found that Moab is quite a casual town. We ate several of the restaurants in town both for lunch and at dinner and found that we were were fine with what we were wearing in the park and didn’t feel under dressed. 

However having lived in a desert I can attest that the temperatures in the desert drop quickly at night. So whether you are spending time in Moab at Night or are in the park we strongly recommend packing lots of layers for when the temperature drops. 

Click here for the ULTIMATE US National Park Packing List for every park no matter what time of year you visit!

Have you been to Moab and the surrounding area? What was on your Moab Packing List and what did you wear to Arches National Park ? Let us know in the comments if you think we have left something off our list

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Saturday 25th of May 2019

We love Moab & Utah! Your photos are amazing. The lightweight fleece is something we didn't think about. We assumed it would be much warmer than it was when we went in late March one year, but it was SO cold in the mornings and evenings.

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Saturday 25th of May 2019

I have loved reading about this trip and these packing tips are fab, especially the shoes that cannot be kicked off when carrying a child