Packing List Overnights 2019-04-03T12:22:25-07:00

Backpacking Glacier Park PackingOvernight Packing Lists

Going on an overnight rafting, hiking, fishing, and biking adventure 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



  • Quick dry shorts (1 for the river/ 1 for camp)
  • Synthetic wicking t-shirt (1 for the river/ 1 for camp)
  • Swimsuit
  • Long underwear top and bottom (midweight, synthetic)
  • Midweight fleece or wool jacket or sweater
  • Midweight fleece pants (for use while at camp)
  • Fleece or insulated jacket (needed in June and September)
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pant
  • Fleece or wool hat
  • Fleece or wool gloves
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • River sandals or sneakers for rafting. (We provide wetsuit booties if necessary)
  • Dry shoes for camp

Miscellaneous Essentials

  • Ziploc bags (larger size, to organize, keep items clean and dry)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, wash cloth, sanitary wipes)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses and straps – polarized recommended for fishing!
  • Eyeglass retention strap
  • Spare corrective eyewear, glasses, or contacts
  • Sun hat or ball cap
  • Insect repellant
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Gratuity for guide (15% is the standard for our industry)

Optional Items

  • Waterproof camera
  • Waterproof binoculars
  • Camp towel
  • Camp pillow (lightweight, packable)
  • Bandana
  • Ear plugs
  • Alcoholic beverages (no glass)

Provided By Glacier Guides and Montana Raft (no additional cost on guided trips)

  • River Equipment including Rafts and Accessories
  • Life Jackets
  • All Camping Gear (includes tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner and sleeping mat)
  • All Group Cooking Gear, Food and Water
  • Dry Bags
  • Wetsuits and Booties
  • Splash Gear
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Bear Spray
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toilet System for Camp
  • Hand Sanitizer


  • Montana State Fishing License – purchase online!
  • Bring your own fishing gear or use your guides – no fishing equipment is necessary.

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.


* Items on the packing list marked with an asterisk are additional items that Backpackers are responsible for.


  • Sleeping Bag (rated 20 to 30 degrees)*
  • Sleeping Pad*
  • Tent*
  • Backpack (70 to 80L for Backpacking Trips, 30L for Chalet or Glacier Challenge Trips)
  • Rain Cover for Backpack (or line inside of pack with garbage bag.)
  • Trekking Poles
    (Equipment Rental Package includes all of the above – reservations required)


  • Long Underwear Top and Bottom (Midweight, Synthetic)
  • Midweight Fleece/Wool Jacket or Sweater
  • Polar Fleece or Insulated Jacket (needed in June and September)*
  • Rain Jacket (Hooded, Lightweight, Waterproof, Breathable)
  • Pair of Hiking Pants (Convertible, Quick-Dry, Lightweight)
  • Fleece/Wool Hat
  • Fleece/Wool Gloves
  • Synthetic Wicking T-Shirt (1 for hiking, 1 for camp)
  • Pair of Hiking Shorts (Quick-Dry Lightweight)
  • Lightweight Hiking Boots
  • Comfortable Hiking Socks
  • Sandals for Camp/Water Crossing (Teva/Chaco type)
  • Lightweight Gaiters (recommended in May, June, September)*

Miscellaneous Essentials

  • Valid Passport to cross US-Canadian border.  (Backpackers and Glacier Challenge, not Chalet Hikers)
  • Park entrance pass and ID or money to purchase one  – learn more here.
  • Gratuity for Guide (15% is the standard for our industry)
  • Water Bottles (Two 1-Quart) or Hydration System Plus One 1-Quart Water Bottle
  • Ziploc Bags (larger size; to organize, keep items clean and dry)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, personal wipes, wash cloth.)
  • Sunscreen and Lip Balm
  • Sun Hat or Ball Cap
  • Bug Spray
  • Headlamp with Fresh Batteries

Optional Items

  • Camera
  • Binoculars
  • 1 Pair of Synthetic Liner Socks (help prevent blisters)
  • Fleece Pants (for trips in June and September)*
  • Camp Towel
  • Camp Pillow (lightweight, packable)
  • Bandana
  • Swimsuit
  • Sunglasses and Straps
  • Ear Plugs
  • Small Multi Tool
  • Reading and Writing Materials
  • Fishing Gear if you want to fish
  • Alcoholic Beverages (no glass, consider weight for trip), or arrange for something to be left in your shuttle vehicle for when you get out.

Provided By Glacier Guides and Montana Raft (no additional cost on guided trips)

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