Have you booked a visit to the best luxury resort Southern Utah has to offer yet? If not, now is a great time to do so! The busy summer season is starting soon, and the new Water Canyon Winery is set to open for visitors for the first time this season!

Once you’ve booked your luxury studio, it’s time to get packing. What do you really need to bring, and what can you leave behind? Inside your luxury one or two-bed studio, you’ll find luxurious linens, soft towels, pillows, soap and shampoo, a coffee maker, and even kitchen accessories like plates, cups, and silverware. But besides your clothes and any other toiletries you need, there are a few other items you may want to have along as well. 

Keep reading to learn what you need to pack for your stay at the best luxury resort Southern Utah has to offer!

Hiking Boots

Compared to busy Springdale and St. George, Hildale can feel like its a world away. This makes Water Canyon Resort the perfect choice for those looking to get away and enjoy a relaxing, tranquil vacation. Add in a visit to our own Water Canyon Winery and campfires in your private courtyard in the evenings, and you’ve got the recipe for the perfect romantic weekend.

But while Hildale can feel like another world, it’s actually surprisingly close to a number of Southern Utah’s most popular outdoor attractions. Zion National Park, Utah’s first and most-visited national park, is just 45 minutes away. Bryce Canyon, a lesser-known but no less stunning national park, is around two hours away, as is the North Rim of the Grand Canyon. Closer to Hildale, you’ll find a number of state parks and other areas that offer hiking trails for every experience level.

Whether you’re considering a few day trips during your visit or simply a hike in Water Canyon, you’ll definitely want to pack a good pair of hiking boots. Boots that offer a rugged sole and support around your ankles are ideal in Southern Utah’s rocky landscape. Make sure to take some time to break them in ahead of your trip—there’s nothing worse than getting blisters on vacation! 

Warm Layers and Moisture-Wicking Fabrics

If you do plan to go hiking or otherwise spend time outdoors during your trip, another must-have is clothing that you can easily layer, and that is designed to wick away moisture. Southern Utah is perhaps best known for its hot summers and sunshine. But just like any desert climate, temperatures here can vary widely depending on the elevation, the time of year, and the weather. Sometimes, temperatures vary widely in the space of just a few hours.

For instance, during the shoulder seasons of spring and fall, temperatures may be very cool at night, as well as in the mornings. But by midday, temperatures could reach well into the 70, 80s, or 90s (Fahrenheit). If you start off hiking early in the day, you’ll want to bundle up. Wearing layers that you can easily shed when temperatures start to climb will help you avoid having to go back to your vacation rental to change, and help you stay comfortable, regardless of the weather.

During the heat of the summer, especially, moisture-wicking fabrics are a must. These help wick away sweat and keep you cool. Some lightweight, cooling tops are even designed to protect you from UV rays. Moisture-wicking fabrics are still important during the winter months. Worn as a base layer, they can wick away the sweat that would otherwise leave you chilled when a cold wind starts blowing.

A Stargazing App or Guide

Around 80 percent of Americans live somewhere where they can’t see the Milky Way in the night sky. That isn’t a problem at the best luxury resort Southern Utah has to offer. Far from any major cities and the light pollution that they cause, Hildale offers some incredible stargazing. From just outside of your Southern Utah vacation rental, you can look up and see stars like your probably never get to see back home.

If anyone in your group is interested in taking their stargazing to the next level, consider packing a stargazing guide, or downloading an app on your phone. Apps like SkySafari, Stellarium Mobile Plus, and Star Walk 2 allow you to examine the skies above you and identify constellations, stars, planets, and more.

Pack some comfortable lounge clothes and maybe a throw blanket, too, and curl up around a campfire in your private courtyard to roast marshmallows, swap stories about your day, and take in the stars.

Food to Grill

When you stay at the best luxury resort Southern Utah has to offer, you get to enjoy one unique perk you won’t find at most hotels; a small grill top in your private courtyard. In addition to your fire pit, this grill top is perfect for enjoying a relaxing evening in with friends and family during your stay.

Most of the tools you’ll need for a simple grill out are included in your luxury studio’s kitchenette. In the drawer you’ll find a lighter, can opener, knife, and even a corkscrew—perfect for opening up that bottle of wine you purchased after your vineyard tour at Water Canyon Winery

You’ll also find glassware, paper plates, napkins, and plastic utensils in your kitchenette. This means that all you’ll need to pack is some aluminum foil and your choice of meats, seafood, or veggies, and you can grill up a fun meal during your stay! There’s even a mini-fridge in your kitchenette to store food and drinks, and microwave perfect for warming up leftovers!

Your Pet’s Gear

Many resorts near Zion don’t allow pets. But at Water Canyon Resort, we are proud to offer several designated dog-friendly studios! This means that you can bring your dog along for some hiking and outdoor fun!

Don’t forget that Fido may need additional supplies and gear for the desert, just as you do. Plan to pack extra water for them, as well as a travel-friendly bowl. If you’re visiting in the summer, a cooling vest and boots can help protect them from the heat and the hot ground. If you do plan to hike, consider packing a dog first aid kit as well, just in case. Don’t forget your pup’s bed, a couple of toys, and other comfort items if they have trouble adjusting to sleeping in unfamiliar places.

Planning Your Stay at the Best Luxury Resort Southern Utah Has to Offer

When it comes to choosing resorts near Zion, you have no shortage of options to choose from. But staying at the best luxury resort Southern Utah has to offer comes with plenty of perks. You’ll be a short drive away from some of the region’s most popular outdoor destinations. In addition to comfortable accommodations, you’ll also enjoy perks like a private courtyard with a fire pit and grill, a kitchenette, a laptop-friendly workstation, and more!

Ready to start packing? First, you need to book your stay! Book today to guarantee your choice of dates and luxury studio!