What To Take On Your Grand Canyon Bus Tour

If you were to take a poll of the most common destinations on the average person's bucket list, a trip to the Grand Canyon would probably be at the top. It's one of the most stunning and awe-inspiring natural places in the world. So if you've decided to answer the call of the wild and book your own Grand Canyon tour, you're in for a grand adventure of nonstop unbelievable natural beauty. But don't forget that even if you're on a bus, the Grand Canyon is the desert, a harsh and unforgiving environment. There are a few essentials you should always take with you in the desert.


The most obvious item to make sure you have with you in the desert is water. The average precipitation in the Grand Canyon is only 16.53 inches annually and the Phantom Ranch area of the canyon has seen temperatures as high as 120 degrees Fahrenheit! Experts recommend carrying and drinking at least a gallon of water a day when you're in an arid desert environment. The dry heat in the air can quickly zap the moisture from you, just like being in an oven. Make sure to take several refillable water bottles with you, as disposable water bottles are responsible for 20% of the waste stream in the Grand Canyon. Don't add to the problem with your plastic waste. Luckily, there are filling stations throughout the park where you can top up your refillable bottles.

A Solar Charger

Since power outlets are sometimes limited on a bus tour, consider taking a solar charger with you. There are many inexpensive and portable options in solar chargers available today. Simply place it outside in the sun when you've disembarked for the day, and you can charge your devices for free using nothing but the power of the sun's rays. It's also important to have your phone battery charged up in case you get separated from your group and need to make a call.

Sun Gear

Tourists often underestimate just how hot it gets in the desert of the Grand Canyon in the summer and how little it takes to get overheated and experience sunstroke. Don't be one of them. Make sure to take adequate sun gear. That includes a wide-brimmed hat, light and long-sleeved moisture-wicking shirts (not short sleeves) and moisture-wicking pants or shorts, polarized sunglasses, and plenty of sunscreen with the highest SPF you can find. When you're in the desert, it's really up to you to make sure you don't overheat.