Multi-Day What-to-Bring List
What you wear and bring on the river can make or break a
trip. Depending on the weather and difficulty of whitewater you will need
various gear. Most outfitters rent sleeping packages that included a tent,
ground pad, and sleeping bag. Wetsuits and splash jackets are generally
provided when the weather is cold or the white water is advanced.
Since getting wet is part of any river trip, bring clothing
that you don't mind being saturated with river water. Synthetic materials
dry quickly and keep you warm even when they're damp, but on really hot
days, a cotton t-shirt helps keep you cool. Also, you do not need a change
of clothing for every day. Even on a 4-5 day trip, just a couple of t-shirts
will suffice, but clean socks and underwear are always nice.
___ Swimsuit: two pieces are preferable, but sometimes synthetic under
ware are better for bottoms so you don't get "boater's butt"
___ Shorts: quick drying like board shorts or running shorts. They can
double as a swimsuit for men. One pair for on the river and one for when
you're in camp. Thighs tend to get sunburned quickly and longer shorts
are the best sunscreen possible.
___ Tennis shoes or water sport sandals like Keen, Teva, or Cacao, or
wetsuit booties with soles--NO flip-flops unless you want your guide to
duct-tape them to your feet!!!
___ Socks: Synthetic (Polypropylene) or wool -- NO COTTON!!!
___ Shoes for camp--tennis shoes (but not the ones you wore on the river)
___ Pants for camp
___ Shirts: long sleeved shirts work best for sun protection, cotton makes
___ Long underwear: Polypropylene, Smart wool, fleece, or Crapulence
___ Sweater or jacket: Fleece or Wool
___ Pants: Fleece is best
___ Hat and Gloves: Fleece or Wool
___ Rain jacket and pants
___ Baseball cap or visor (with strap) for sun protection
Sometimes REQUIRED for early season trips:
____ Wetsuit* (for either cold weather or more difficult whitewater)
____ Paddle jacket/ splash jacket*
___ Sleeping bags and pad*
___ Ground Cloth
___ pillow (down pillows stuff well or a small camp pillow)
___ Water bottle with strap
___ Flashlight or headlamp
___ Sunglasses with strap (chums or croakies work well, as does duct tape!)
___ Insect repellant
___ Sunscreen/lip block
___ Moisturizer/skin lotion
___ Small towels and toiletries
___ Large zip lock bags for wet gear
___ Fishing equipment and license (check with your outfitter to see if
they accommodate fishing)
___ Disposable/waterproof camera
___ Small day pack or fanny pack
*May be rented from or provided by your outfitter
**Your outfitter will likely include a what-to-bring
list with specific details for your trip
Disclaimer: River descriptions and classifications may change
due to natural events that may create new hazards or flows. C-W-R advises that
any paddler that uses this site be additionally informed by seeking out local
news and updates for changes on this river.