Backpacking Glacier Park PackingOvernight Packing Lists

This packing list is to ensure you are not left unprepared for the inconsistent and temperamental weather of Glacier Park.  We cannot guarantee that you will use all items on this list.   Whether or not you use gear will depend on conditions.


Clothing and Miscellaneous Essentials

  • T-shirt*
  • Quick dry shorts
  • Swimsuit (important to bring when wearing a wetsuit)
  • Polar fleece jacket (for trips in June and September)*
  • Polar fleece pant (for trips in June and September)
  • Synthetic top*
  • Sythetic bottom*
  • Rain jacket (waterproof)*
  • Rain pants (waterproof)*
  • Warm hat*
  • Gloves*
  • Sunscreen*
  • Sunglasses*
  • River sandals or sneakers (we have neoprene shoes available free of charge)
  • Dry shoes for camp
  • Eyeglass retention strap*
  • Extra set of clothes you don’t mind getting wet while on raft
  • Water bottle*
  • Flashlight/headlamp*


As always, we provide sleeping bags, sleeping pads, tents, life jackets, dry bags, wetsuits and water booties free of charge on our overnight rafting trips.


  • Towel
  • Small hand towel or washcloth
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Toothbrush
  • Mosquito repellent*
  • Waterproof camera*
  • Binoculars
  • Sun hat*
  • Alcoholic beverages (no glass)

*These packing items are available at our main office in our gift and gear store if you forget something.


* Items on the packing list marked with an asterisk are what Chalet hikers and Glacier Challenge hikers need to bring. Don’t forget to bring a daypack for carrying those items.


  • Sleeping bag
  • Sleeping pad
  • Tent
  • Backpack*
  • Rain cover for backpack* (or line inside of pack with garbage bag.)
    (Equipment Rental Package includes all of the above – reservations required)
  • 2 quart sized water bottles or 1 camelback *
  • Hiking Poles*
  • Flashlight (with extra batteries) or headlamp *


  • Lightweight hiking boots *
  • 2 to 3 pairs of polypro/wool socks *
  • Sandals for camp/water crossing *
  • Lightweight gaiters (recommended in June and September)
  • water proof, breathable rain jacket and pant *
  • 1 mid weight fleece top *
  • 1 pair of polar fleece pants (maybe needed in June and September)
  • 1 polar fleece jacket (maybe needed in June and September) *
  • 1 synthetic long underwear top *
  • 1 synthetic long underwear bottom *
  • Warm hat *
  • Gloves *
  • T-shirts (at least 1 for hiking 1 for camp), more for longer trips*
  • Pants/shorts (lightweight/quick-dry)*

Miscellaneous Essentials

  • Ziplock bags * (various sizes to keep items dry and organized)
  • Toiletries * (toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.)
  • Bugspray *
  • Sunscreen *
  • Binoculars * (optional)
  • Camera * (optional)
  • Sunglasses*
  • Sun hat*
  • Gratuity for guide (15% is the standard for our industry)*
  • Park entrance pass and ID or money to purchase one* ($15 per person)
  • Passport to cross US-Canadian border (Effective June 1, 2009, all Americans will need to present a U.S. passport, passport card, NEXUS card, Enhanced Drivers License or other Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative (WHTI)-compliant document in order to enter the U.S. by land or sea.))


  • Small hand towel or washcloth
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Fishing gear
  • 1 pair of synthetic liner socks  (help prevent blisters)
  • Alcoholic beverages (no glass, consider weight for trip), or arrange for something to be left in your shuttle vehicle for when you get out.