• Lindsey Johnston

Joshua Tree packing list: the essentials

Updated: Sep 24, 2018

A list of what you'll need to beat the heat and stay warm and cozy in the ever-changing desert climate.

Sporting my REI zip off pants and bandana, Cotopaxi windbreaker, and Ozark trails pack.

Here's a list of some of the essentials you'll need for your trip to Joshua Tree. This is not a comprehensive list. Also as a side note I only did day hikes on this trip. I did not camp. If you are going to camp in the park there are other things you'll need. REI co-op has a nice list of things to bring if you're camping:

You can also visit the National Park Service site for more details:


Hiking pants: I took some zip-off pants. You will walk through some brush so it's nice to have pants for this, but it also gets pretty hot during the day so it's nice to have the option of shorts too.

Sun shirt: Sun protection is key.

Undershirts: You will sweat. I wore Under Armour quick dry shirts that I usually wear to the gym.

Sun hat: Yes some of these look dorky, but they do a great job of protecting your neck and face.

Comfortable shoes: Close-toed hiking boots are best.

Hiking socks

Bandana: This is optional. I used one for extra sun protection.

Wind breaker: It can get pretty windy. It's also chilly in the mornings and at night.

Make sure you bring plenty of changes of clothes if you're planning on doing activities after you hike. You will sweat...a lot!

Hiking gear

Day pack: I brought a small day pack that came with a hydration pack/Camelback

Camelback: Hydration is important! It's hot and you are in the desert often with no shade.


Extra water

Sun protection

Besides the sun hat, sun shirt and bandana make sure you bring plenty of sun screen especially if you're like me and turn into a lobster as soon as you step outside.

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