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

Gear

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

Clothes

 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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