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What to Pack for Glacier: All the Essentials

There's a lot to consider when you're packing for your trip to Glacier National Park and Waterton Lakes National Park.

The weather can be highly variable, changing from warm summer sunshine to cold rain and even snow. You're hoping to be active and outdoors as much as possible while you're here. So, it's wise to bring clothes that you can layer, that are quick-drying and that fit nicely into your day pack.

Packing List for Waterton Lakes and Glacier national parks


  • Small backpack or daypack
  • Rolling duffel bag
  • Hiking poles
  • Binoculars
  • Camera
  • Waterproof bag
  • Waterproof phone case
  • An extra charging cord in case you lose one in a hotel room
  • Spare batteries, etc
  • Extra SD card for camera storage
  • Sandals that can get wet (for rafting, fishing and paddling)

Personal Items

  • Sunblock
  • Sunglasses
  • Bug spray
  • Water bottle
  • Travel mug
  • A good book


  • Gore-tex or similar rain jacket and pants
  • Lightweight down vest
  • Fleece jacket
  • Quick-dry pants
  • Quick-dry shorts
  • Long-sleeve wool or flannel shirt
  • Short-sleeve wool or cotton shirt
  • Wool socks
  • Hiking boots or shoes
  • Casual shoes
  • Gloves
  • Sun hat
  • Warm hat
  • Buff™

Download and print our Glacier Packing Checklist

Two hikers walk towards a blue lake with trees and mountains all around.

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