Packing List – Day Trips 2019-04-03T11:48:13-07:00

Glacier National Park Packing List – Day Trips

Going rafting, hiking, fishing, and biking with Glacier Guides and Montana Raft? Here are your packing lists! Glacier is famous for its inconsistent and temperamental weather. Whether or not you use everything on the packing list is dependent on weather conditions. Don’t hesitate to reach out to us with any questions! 406-387-5555 or info@glacierguides.com

HIKING

  • Lightweight hiking boots or a sturdy pair of hiking shoes
  • Comfortable hiking socks
  • Synthetic liner socks (these are optional and can help prevent blisters)
  • Synthetic wicking t-shirt
  • Hiking shorts (quick-dry, lightweight)
  • Rain Jacket (hooded, lightweight, waterproof, breathable)
  • Hiking pants (convertible, quick-dry, lightweight)
  • Midweight fleece or wool jacket or sweater
  • Sunglasses and straps
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun Hat or Ball cap
  • Daypack to carry items above – can be rented, if needed.
  • Park entrance pass and ID or money to purchase one  – learn more here.
  • Gratuity for guide (15% is the standard for our industry)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Binoculars (optional)
  • Trekking poles (optional and can be rented with advanced reservation)

Please leave room in your pack for the yummy trail lunch that you will be given!

Additional Items for Day Hikes in June or September:

  • Fleece or insulated jacket
  • Long underwear top and bottom (midweight, synthetic)
  • Warm hat
  • Gloves

Most of these items are available for sale in our West Glacier office if you forget something.  Hiking, backpacking, camping, and river gear is available to rent – reservations are recommended.

RAFTING

  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • T-shirt (quick dry is recommended on cooler/rainy days)
  • Quick dry shorts
  • Swimsuit (important to bring when wearing a wetsuit)
  • River sandals or sneakers (wetsuit booties are provided at no additional cost if you don’t have the appropriate footwear.)
  • Fleece jacket/sweater (for trips in May and June or a rainy day)
  • Sun Hat or Ball Cap
  • Waterproof camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglass retention strap
  • Dry change of clothes for after the trip
  • Gratuity for guide (15% is the standard for our industry)

Most of these items are available for sale in our West Glacier office if you forget something. We provide life jackets, wet suits, water booties, and rain gear free of charge on rafting trips. Hiking, backpacking, camping, and river gear is available to rent – reservations are recommended.

whitewater rafting glacier national park

FISHING

  • Montana State Fishing License – purchase online!
  • Bring your own fishing gear or use your guides – no fishing equipment is necessary.
  • Sunglasses and straps – polarized recommended!
  • Spare corrective eyewear, glasses, or contacts
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Insect repellant
  • Sun hat or ball cap
  • Rain jacket, fully waterproof
  • Layers, depending on weather
  • Gratuity for guide (15% is the standard for our industry)
  • Bandanna (optional)
  • Camera (optional)
  • Compact binoculars (optional)

Most of these items are available for sale in our West Glacier office if you forget something.  Hiking, backpacking, camping, and river gear is available to rent – reservations are recommended.

 

BIKING

Prepare for a Glacier bike tour just as you would for a hike. On a nice day, shorts will work just fine! On a cold day, bring warm, breathable layers. Keep in mind that rain and snow are always possible in the mountains.

  • Breathable layers, like long underwear, tights, or yoga pants.
  • Rain pants and a rain jacket – the road may be wet from melting snow.
  • Warm layer, like a puffy or fleece jacket.
  • Gloves, for biking or just simple fleece.
  • Baseball cap if it’s hot, stocking cap if it’s cool – or maybe both! The weather is always subject to change in the mountains.
  • Sunglasses and straps.
  • Spare corrective eyesore, glasses, or contact.
  • Sunscreen and lip balm.
  • Insect repellant.
  • Hiking shoes or tennis shoes are advised.
  • Daypack with hydration system or 2 water bottles. You can purchase water bottles in our retail store.
  • Camera (optional)
  • Compact binoculars (optional)
  • Gratuity for guide (15% is the standard for our industry)

Most of these items are available for sale in our West Glacier office if you forget something.  Hiking, backpacking, camping, and river gear is available to rent – reservations are recommended.