Grand Canyon River Rafting Trip Checklist

What to Bring on the Grand Canyon

The following information is a packing list of all clothing, equipment and optional items for your Grand Canyon Rafting Trip. If you have questions about any of the following information, call our office at 1-801-266-2087


  • Swimsuits
  • Nylon shorts
  • T-shirts
  • Long sleeve cotton shirt (for sun protection)
  • Long cotton pants (if you sunburn easily)
  • Sun hat or visor with tie-on
  • Sunglasses with strap
  • Two-piece rainsuit
  • Athletic/jogging shoes or lightweight hiking boots w/socks
  • Sarong (for evaporative cooling, changing clothes, etc.)
  • Flip flops, Tevas, or strapped sandals


  • Aqua socks or wetsuit booties
  • Gloves

April, early May, and September add:

  • Polypropylene or thermal underwear (top & bottom)
  • Sweatpants or fleece pants
  • Sweatshirt, wool shirt, or fleece top


  • Sunblock, lip balm w/sunscreen
  • Moisturizing hand lotion
  • Small towel
  • Toothbrush & toothpaste
  • Shaving equipment, small mirror
  • Tissue, eye drops
  • Soap & shampoo
  • Prescription medicine
  • Two one-quart water bottles w/tight fitting caps (no pull tops)
  • Fanny pack for small items you need during the day (also good for hikes)
  • Small flashlight such as Techna or Mini Mag-Lite or a headband mounted light such as Petzl
  • Extra batteries
  • Small camp pillow
  • Lightweight nylon daypack for the Bright Angel Trail



All passengers are limited to about 12-15 lbs. of duffel luggage



  • Camera (insurance recommended), extra memory cards (or film), batteries, and waterproof container.
  • Wetsuit booties or aqua socks (particularly if you’re prone to be cold)
  • Backpack style hydration system
  • Spirits in unbreakable containers, dry mixes
  • Ziplock bags for film, valuables, etc.
  • Notebook & pen
  • Solar shower
  • Needle & thread
  • Musical Instruments, fishing equipment (check with the office for guidelines)

What Outdoors Unlimited provides:


  • Waterproof bags (one for personal gear, the other for sleeping gear)
  • Sleeping gear includes: sleeping bag, cloth liner, vinyl-covered foam pad, waterproof 5×7 tarp
  • Eating utensils, mug and plate
  • Two person tents are available if needed
  • Waterproof river guidebook
  • Hiking poles for the Bright Angel Trail
  • Bags for storage of boots and backpacks

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