Useful Packing & Cost Lists for Nevada Hot Springs In Winter

Packing List:

  • Hiking Gear
    • Boots
    • Socks
    • Warm sweatshirt
    • Leggings
    • Hat
    • Backpack
    • Waterbottles
  • Cooler
    • Potatoes
    • Sandwich supplies
    • Cutlery/plates/cups
    • Wine
    • Granola bars
    • Carrots
  • Camera
    • Camera/Case
    • GoPro
    • Extra batteries/memory cards
  • Hot Springs
    • Bathing Suits
    • Extra socks (always, always extra socks)
    • Waterproof shoes/sandals
    • Bags/lunchboxes for lunches
    • Towels
  • Misc
    • Phone chargers
    • Toothpaste/toothbrush/floss
    • Deodorant/facewash/lotion
    • TP

Cost Breakdown Per Day:

  • Day 1
    • Breakfast at home
    • Tank of gas – $35
    • Lunch in Tonopah – $42
    • Dinner out of the cooler (cooler food: $17 total)
    • Cozy Mountain Motel – $78
    • Wine from a box we brought
  • Day 2
    • Breakfast out of the cooler
    • Tank of gas – $35
    • Lunch in Ely – $32
    • Dinner at home
  • Days 3, 4, 5
    • Meals at home
    • Hikes nearby
    • Tank of gas – $35
  • Total for trip: $274 ($137/person)

This trip was mostly spent DRIVING and seeing as many things as we could in a short amount of time. We spent much more on gas than on previous trips, but we covered a lot more distance, too. All the hot springs and hikes we went on were free to the public, and we spent a night in a motel in Austin, NV, which added to our total cost. It was winter and we did not feel up to camping, so we chose the safest motel we could find (it did not disappoint, it was adorable there).

In the future, I would pack more coolers. With all our hiking and driving we burned through a lot of the food pretty quickly, which lead to stopping for lunch twice in two days. I usually have a pretty big breakfast, and I did not plan accordingly for that. Note to self: going forward, pack more food. I would also pack warmer clothes for the next winter excursion. We were in the snow for a lot of this trip and I was pretty cold in leggings, a sweatshirt, and a hat.

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