Hi, I’m Eddie, and I love traveling. It is one of the greatest joys of my life, even though sometimes a hike gets so difficult I find myself questioning what I am doing. Thanks to my experience of going to different locations and countries, I know all the difficulties of traveling. One of my favorite places to visit is Mount Rainier, National Park.
It is located in Washington State and is southeast of Seattle. The mountain is 14,410 feet and is the largest mountain in the state. It is one of my must-visit parks. Its territory is huge, and you can not miss a thing, whether you love hiking, camping, snowboarding, fishing or swimming in the river, – there is always something for you.
The entry rates are friendly, but if you have a national parks pass, you and your friends can get in for free. The prices are $15 if you are on foot or by bicycle, $30 for a non-commercial, private vehicle or $26 for people, who are 16 years old and above. The prices cover entrance fees for up to 7-days, so if you would like to camp, that is a fairly great deal.
I have made many mistakes with my packing process, and I know that I am not the only one who has experienced that. If you are new to hiking or trekking, then you will surely miss a few items. However, I can try to make your life easier and provide you with the best Mount Rainier packing list.
What to Pack for the Trip to Mount Rainier National Park
Packing for a trip like this can not be possible without an intentional list of what you need. Before you start, you need to find out what activities you would like to take on in the park. This article will guide your list and guarantee that you will not forget a thing. You will need different items depending on the season you travel. I have divided this list into two parts, so you have a better idea of what you will need in different seasons.back to menu ↑
Mount Rainier Packing List in the Spring or Summer
The best time to visit the park for hiking or camping is in the summer or spring. During this time the whole park is usually open, so you have options in terms of what to choose. Here is your packing list for the warmer seasons.back to menu ↑
What to Wear to Mount Rainier
Since it is warmer during the summer and spring seasons, you don’t need heavy clothes. The unnecessary clothes will only slow you down while hiking or trekking. The best thing is to get breathable or fast-drying clothes, made specially for hot weather conditions. When deciding what to wear to Mount Rainier, be sure to put comfort first. Comfort is critical since the last thing you want to worry about during a hike is your clothes. Some must-have items include:
Short-sleeve or sleeveless shirts or tops
Shorts, tights or pants
Socks for hiking
Raincoat and jacket
Remember this Mount Rainier backpacking list contains the general items that you may need. You can choose which clothes you don’t need and only carry what you will use, based on your individual needs.back to menu ↑
Mount Rainier Hiking Gear
One of the main activities to do when in Mount Rainier is to hike or trek up the mountain. To clear it up hiking is shorter and slightly more relaxed than trekking. Trekking may take days and is generally includes walking through much rougher terrain. Many of the things on this list are obligatory, not optional.
Water/Reusable water bottle
Sunscreen, sunglasses, and watch
Hiking shoes or boots
First aid kit, whistle walking pole
Food and snacks
Maps, torch, lamp, or headlight
Packing List for Mount Rainier: Toiletries
I am all about going the whole nature camping way, but hygiene is necessary, so you need some items here. You will want to take a shower after a day of walking, and it prevents you from smelling like one of the wild animals. The following is a toiletries packing list for Mount Rainier.
- Soap, toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, hairbrush, deodorant, and chapstick.
- Wet wipes, hand sanitizer, toilet paper, and moisturizer.
- Medicine. For example, pain killers, antibiotics, and blister ointment.
- Insect repellent, body lotion, and sunblock.
Packing List for Mount Rainier: Electronics
Unless you want to do a complete detox from social media and electronics, there are a few items that will be useful. At the very least, have a camera since there many many sights in the park that you may want to capture.
- Camera and camera equipment such as tripod, lenses, memory cards, batteries.
- Phone, charger, and phone case.
- Power bank and binoculars.
The great thing about visiting the Rainier park or any park for that matter during the warmer seasons is that you can be minimalistic and still have a great time. When deciding what to bring to the Mount Rainier, everything depends on how long your visit is going to be and what your preferences in terms of comfort are.back to menu ↑
What to Bring to the Mount Rainier During Fall or Winter
In the colder months, you have to be more deliberate with your packing since the temperatures are not so forgiving. In addition, if you plan on trekking, then you need to understand that the terrain may also be different due to ice. Many parts of the park are usually closed during the winter months, but there is still a lot to do and enjoy. Some of the items that you will need are already in the previous list, which is why this list is much shorter.back to menu ↑
Mount Rainier Hiking Gear
While it is optional whether or not you will get proper gear in the warmer months, this is not the case when the temperatures drop. This is why you should pay extra attention to the following items.
What to Wear to Mount Rainier
Staying warm is one of the biggest challenges when you visit Mount Rainer Park when it is cooler. The following will give you an idea of what to pack for the Mount Rainier during the cold seasons.
Bennie hat and Earmuffs
Bottom Line of Mount Rainier Packing List
What you pack in your bag will make or break your trip to Mount Rainier. It makes you beat yourself over something that you can’t undo which is why I insist on you noting down your Mount Rainier backpacking list. Take time to think it through and decide what the most important things to avoid while packing are. The kits I have given are to provide you with an idea of what you may need. You can add some extra staff, but don’t forget to share your thoughts with us.
There you have it. The list of items that I always pack with me when heading to Mount Rainier. What are the five items that you never miss when getting ready for traveling, hiking, or mountaineering? Please let me know in the comments section below.