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Packing List for Arizona- Essential Items You Need

by | May 19, 2024 | North America, Travel Tips | 3 comments

Arizona is a great place to visit any time of year. But each season requires travelers to pack different things. This post is your comprehensive packing list for Arizona for each season.

The Best Packing List for Arizona

Every year people choose to vacation in Arizona because of its stunning natural beauty, picturesque small towns, and abundant recreational activities. I’m no stranger to Arizona, I have family in Sedona, and as a travel agent, I’ve helped many clients travel there. Each type of trip requires travelers to pack specific things. What you pack will also depend on the time of year you travel. Needless to say, I’ve picked up quite a few packing tips. Keep reading for the most comprehensive packing list for Arizona vacations broken down by season.

Packing List for Arizona- Winter Months

Many people flock to the Grand Canyon state in the winter season to escape the cold weather at home. Average temperatures in Arizona will be between 40 and 60 degrees. Surprisingly, some parts of the state might get a bit of snow, like the northern regions or in higher elevations. One of the biggest packing tips I have for this time of year is to check the weather reports frequently before your trip. This will help you pack accordingly.

Even though in the winter, there are many great outdoor activities that you can do in Arizona, everything from hiking, snowmobiling, and even golfing. The temperatures will vary greatly from day to night, so make sure to pack plenty of different layers. Winter is also when Arizona will see the most precipitation, so be sure to pack an umbrella or rain jacket.

Light Jacket

If you are planning on visiting any of the higher elevation areas, like Sedona, make sure to pack a lightweight down jacket. This one from Columbia will keep you warm and is water-repellent.

Long Pants

Long pants will keep you warm for any outdoor activity. Columbia has the best pants for winter hiking in Arizona, they are warm, lightweight, and water-resistant.

Long-Sleeved Shirts

I always recommend omni-wick to help keep you warm and dry. These shirts are so comfortable, will keep you dry for hours and will protect you from UVA and UVB rays.

Warm Hat

This hat by The Hat Depot is great for keeping your head and ears warm for cool weather hikes. It comes in a bunch of colors and is a great price.

Rain Jacket

Winter is the time of year when Arizona gets the most precipitation, so make sure you are prepared with a lightweight rain jacket. This one from Columbia is perfect to keep you dry on days you don’t need the warmth of a down jacket.

Light Sweater

Arizona is pretty casual when it comes to fashion. These lightweight sweaters are great for when you are grabbing a casual dinner, exploring the town or grabbing beer from a local brewery,

Hiking Boots

If your winter trip to Arizona includes any desert hikes, don’t forget to pack waterproof hiking boots. These Columbia boots are great for experienced or first-time hikers.

Gloves

Even though it’s Arizona, it still gets cold, especially in the mornings. Don’t forget to pack some gloves to keep you warm on your morning hikes.

Packing List for Arizona in the Spring Months

One of the best times to take an Arizona trip is early spring. It’s the perfect time of year for hiking, mountain biking, golfing, and other outdoor activities. Daytime temperatures can range from the 70s and 80s in the mid-afternoon. Giving you plenty of time to experience the outdoor beauty. Arizona has a typical desert climate where the temps are drastically different from day to night. You can expect cooler temperatures in the evening when average temps drop to the 40s. Make sure to pack plenty of light layers, you’ll want them with the big temperature swings.

Spring is also peak season for Arizona. Places like Sedona, which is a relatively small town, will become quite crowded. This is also the time of year when prices will be higher. In addition to the material items below, you will want to pack your patience.

Tank Tops

The spring is a perfect time to golf in Arizona. These Callaway tank tops are moisture-wicking, lightweight and have UPF technology to protect you from harmful UV rays. They come in several different colors and are really comfortable.

Short-Sleeved Shirts

The same tank tops also come in a short-sleeved version, if that is more your style.

Skirt

These skirts by Callaway are the perfect skirt for golf. They can easily make the transition from the golf course to a wine-tasting room. Did you know that Sedona has quite a few wineries?!

Shorts

Arizona has some of the most incredible trails for mountain biking. If you plan on biking, don’t forget to pack some shorts. These by Troy Lee Designs are so comfortable.

Long Pants

Long pants are great for keeping your legs warm in the winter, but don’t forget a lighter pair for a warmer-weather trip to Arizona. They will keep the dust and bugs off your legs!

Lightweight Hiking Shoes

As the weather warms up, I prefer a lighter-weight hiking shoe. These have been my most recent favorites. They’re lightweight and comfortable and they look great.

Wide-Brimmed Hat

A wide brimmed hat will help keep the sun off your face. This hat by Columbia has a built-in mesh vent to also keep you cool in the warm Arizona sun.

Packing List for Arizona in the Summer

The summer months in Arizona can be very hot. Temperatures can reach the triple digits in places like Phoenix and Scottsdale. Even with low humidity, the heat can be dangerous. You will want to pack clothing made from lightweight and breathable fabrics, like cotton or linen.

An important thing to be aware of is the sudden thunderstorms that can occur, especially in July and August. If you have any desert hikes that you want to do, especially in Antelope Canyon. Antelope Canyon is prone to flash flooding and can be very dangerous. As I mentioned above, make sure to check the local weather conditions frequently.

Swimsuit

The summer in Arizona will be HOT. Pack plenty of swimsuits to wear at the pool or Lake Havasu.

Cover-up

Make sure to pack a few cover-up options too. This one is super chic.

Linen Set

It will be hot, hot, hot. Pack plenty of options in breathable fabrics, like linen. This linen set is perfect for Arizona in the summer and can be dressed up or down.

Sundress

When the weather is hot, I feel most comfortable in a flowy dress. This casual maxi dress is a great option for the hot Arizona summer sun.

Sandals

After a long day in the sun, the last thing I want to do is put on a pair of high heels. These strappy sandals are dressy and great for an evening out, while still being comfortable.

Flip Flops

Don’t forget to pack a pair or two of flip-flops to wear to the pool.

Sunscreen

One of the most important things you can pack is sunscreen. Hawaiian Tropic is sweat and water resistant and a MUST for any summer trip to Arizona

SPF Lip Balm

It’s just as important to protect your lips with a good SPF. Make sure to pack a few SPF lip balms.

Water Shoes

Make sure to pack water shoes if you plan to wade in any streams, like the ones at The Coconino National Forest.

Towel

If your trip to Arizona includes time at Lake Havasu or any other water activities, you will want to pack a quick dry towel. This one is lightweight, super absorbent, and comes in a bunch of colors.

Packing List for Arizona in the Fall

Fall is another great time of year for an Arizona vacation. The weather in the early fall is beautiful, with highs in the mid-80s and lows in the 60s. By late fall, temps will have dropped to highs in the 70s and lows in the 40s. You will want to make sure to pack plenty of items with long sleeves and some light jackets too.

Because the weather is so beautiful, the fall is a wonderful time to enjoy all the outdoor activities. Fall is also another peak season for visitors. If you have any long hikes planned, make sure to get to the trailhead first thing in the morning. Some items that you will want specifically for your fall Arizona trip include the following items.

Warm Socks

Keep your feet warm as the weather cools with these super soft socks from Columbia.

Jeans

There is much of the year that is too hot to wear jeans in Arizona, but fall is a great time to wear them. Pack at least on pair.

Long Sleeve Shirts

The BALEAF long-sleeve shirt is another great option for hiking tops. It provides UPF 50+ sun protection and moisture wicking. It’s a great price too.

Camp Slippers

These slippers are awesome for cool weather camping. They are water-resistant, durable, and warm.

Essential Packing List for Arizona in Any Season

There are some items that are good to pack for a trip to Arizona, in any season. When packing for Arizona, keep in mind the type of trip you are going on- are you going to immerse yourself in the outdoors with lots of hiking, mountain biking, and camping? Or is your trip to Arizona primarily filled with spa treatments and tee times? Keep reading for some travel essentials you should pack, based on the type of trip.

Out Door Arizona Adventure

Sleeping Bag

One of the best around, this sleeping bag from ECOOPRO can be compressed to 11 inches in height.

Water Bottle

Staying hydrated is so important in the dry Arizona desert, make sure to pack a high-quality water bottle. This water bottle has nearly 1,000 5-star ratings.

Tyvek Sheet

If you’re camping, make sure to take a Tyvek sheet to ensure your tent floor remains clean. It will also protect water from getting in.

Bug Spray

Don’t forget a good quality bug spray, like the one from Repel. It lasts up to 10 hours and smells pretty good too.

Day Pack

This daypack by WATERFLY is great for day hikes. It’s lightweight and spacious enough to carry essentials. The crossbody strap makes it super comfortable.

Season Tent

Spa/Golf Retreat

Sandals

These Reef sandals are great for relaxing at the pool in between spa appointments.

Sun Hat

A wide-brimmed straw hat is such a vibe. This one is foldable and easy to pack. It’s a great option for your spa trip.

Dress

This dress is gorgeous. It is elegant, simple, comfortable, and effortlessly chic. I think it was designed to be an evening dress for a fancy dinner at a luxury desert resort.

Matching Set

This set is so chic. It is perfect for an afternoon cocktail after a day of pampering at your resort.

Arizona Packing List- What to Pack for the Evenings

In general, Arizona has a very laid-back and casual vibe. Unless you are attending a special event, have reservations at a fancy restaurant, or are hitting up a nightclub/cocktail lounge, the dress code will be pretty casual.

Packing List for Arizona Wrap Up

packing list for Arizona

Packing for Arizona is really all about packing plenty of layers and being prepared for the drastic change in temperatures. I hope you found this packing guide helpful. Have you been to Arizona recently, is there anything you’d recommend?

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3 responses to “Packing List for Arizona- Essential Items You Need”

  1. Tess Avatar

    I only got to spend a day in Sedona a few years ago, but I’ve been wanting to visit more of Arizona! This packing guide is perfect, and I love how it’s broken down by season. Thanks for such a helpful post!

  2. Lucia Avatar

    Great packing list guide and I agree that it’s all about packing plenty of layers. Thanks for the guide.

  3. Yvonne Avatar

    Arizona local here and this list looks great! The winter stuff is especially good for Flagstaff and Sedona. And lots and lots of sunscreen!

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