Packing Checklist for Multi-Day Guided River Trips
Recommended that you bring…
- Individual Water Bottles – everyone needs to have their own water bottle at hand. We will have drinking water for the trip and you can refill, as needed.
- A bandana or scarf
- Sunglasses with a safety strap
- Sunscreen & lip balm with sunscreen (Both will be appreciated by the end of your journey.)
- Hat or visor (for sun protection, and with a tie down – helpful when running the rapids or on windy days)
- River shoes (with ankle straps or support)
- A note on footwear: All river shoes will get wet and maybe muddy, so an old pair of sport shoes will work well!
- Neoprene socks/booties or rain boots
- Hiking shoes – you may want to have a pair for day hikes or for around camp. Flipflops can be worn around camp, but not while out on the water!
Day Dry Bag or Box if you want…
- Camera & Spare Battery (Ziploc bag or other additional protection)
- Binoculars if you like, but beware. It is a sandy environment.
- Journal or book (Don’t forget to bring a pen to write with!)
- Extra pair of prescription glasses or contact lenses
Day Bag (things you will keep close at hand during the day)
- Rain Gear – Even though this is the desert, it can rain at any time. * A note about rain gear: a quality 2-piece rain suit is highly recommended throughout the season; pants and a jacket with a hood. Ponchos are not recommended. Select a good quality rain suit to ensure durability on the river. It will be your outermost layer and protection from waves, spray, rain, and wind.
- Sweatshirt, sweater, and/or warm jacket (fleece, pile, polyester, wool, or Primaloft) for cool mornings and evenings. Down is light and warm, until it gets wet! Avoid cotton.
- Socks – wool is better than cotton, even in the summer.
- Long sleeve shirt and long pants for sun protection (Cotton is only good for summer trips or around camp.)
- Hat & Mittens: For spring and fall nights – a lightweight ski or “watch cap” can be worn while sleeping for extra warmth!
Camp Dry Bag (things needed at camp)
- Tent, sleeping bags, sheet, pillows, sleeping pads (Tents and sleeping pads do not need to go into a dry bag.)
- Flashlight with extra batteries and/or headlamp
- T-shirts & shorts/Change of clothes while on trip made with quick-dry fabric works best!
- Insect repellent, especially for July trips
Recommended Personal Items/Toiletries
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Hair tie, brush/comb
- Medication, if needed
- Small, quick dry towel or washcloth, hand towel, and beach towel
- Biodegradable soap (i.e. Ivory or Dr. Bronner’s Pure Castile)
- Handi wipes
- And/or disposable moist towelettes, i.e. “baby wipes.” They work well to clean you off at the end of the day; however, they make for more waste and must not be put in the river toilet.
- Body lotion