Raft Gear & Clothing Checklist
PROVIDED BY HOLIDAY RIVER EXPEDITIONS
EATING UTENSILS, PLATES & CAMP CHAIR
LARGE WATERPROOF BAG
FULL COURSE MEALS lunch the first day through lunch the last day
DAY BAG 8" diameter x 20" high
DRINKS ice water, lemonade, juices, 1 pops/person/day-popular mixes of regular & diet
The day bag 8” diameter x 20” high is for items you will need access to during the day. For your sleeping gear and clothing, we will furnish you with one bag 16" diameter x 2 feet high. When properly sealed, bags are usually waterproof. Once in a while one could develop a problem, so if you have concerns, test your bags. Separate storage is provided for tents and beverages. Please remember to keep your gear light and compact. The less you bring, the happier you will be. Please limit gear to no more than 15-20 lbs.
GEAR YOU MUST BRING OR RENT FROM HOLIDAY
CUP plastic mugs work well
LIGHT TENT back packer style, not the bulky heavy types.
WATER BOTTLE (Not in Rental)
PONCHO/RAIN SUIT high quality important for Dinosaur & Desolation trips.
SLEEPING BAG compact and warm
SLEEPING PAD Compact must fit in the bag described above.
You can rent most of the items listed above in our Rental Sleeping Kit. We offer two varieties, our basic sleeping kit which includes a sleeping bag, sleeping pad, small pillow, rain gear and cup for $40.00, or the same basic sleeping kit with a two-man tent for $65.00. Rentals must be reserved in advance, especially on San Juan trips where we meet away from our headquarters. Water bottles & Mugs are available for purchase in our stores in Green River & Vernal. Water bottles are not included in the rental kits.
RECOMMENDED CLOTHING & GEAR
SHIRT(S) short-sleeved, cotton, i.e. T-shirts
SHORTS quick drying
SHIRT(S) long-sleeved, quick dry for sun protection
LONG PANTS quick drying
SHOES keep dry for camp/hiking, i.e. durable sneakers or light weight hiking boots
HAT for sun protection, with strap
SHOES to get wet while rafting, ie water sport shoes or sneakers
SUN GLASSES with safety strap
SOCKS several pair, 1 cotton, 2 synthetic, capilene or smartwool
SUN SCREEN SPF 15 or higher
JACKET fleece or pile with wind/rain resistant shell
CHAPSTICK with sun screen
LONG UNDERWEAR (optional) med. weight smartwool/synthetic type
HAND LOTION non-fragrant
BIODEGRADABLE SOAP available at outdoor specialty stores, or ivory soap
INSECT REPELLENT Deet Concentrate in small bottles works best
COMB or BRUSH
TAMPONS/ZIPLOCK BAGS 1 bag per day
MEDICATION Aspirin/Ibuprofen/Tylenol and personal prescriptions
TRAVEL TOWEL dries quick
FLASHLIGHT or HEADLAMP small with extra batteries & red-light setting
KLEENEX small travel pack
STUFF SACK to keep wet/dry clothes separated, i.e. pillow case or plastic bag
FISHING GEAR (optional) compact and well protected, i.e. rods in a case
CAMERA (at your own risk), extra memory
EXTRA BEVERAGES (optional) NO GLASS PLEASE, liquor/ boxed-wine/
Cards (or film), batteries, & waterproof container canned-beer/specialty pop/juice
HYDRATION or FANNY PACK
EXTRA SNACKS (optional) for small children and people with diabetes.
BINOCULARS (optional, at your own risk)
GROUND CLOTH (optional) for sleeping under the stars.
RIVER MAP (optional) to see where you’re going.
Things not to bring on your trip - glass-bottled beverages, radios, firearms, pets, and large amounts of cash beyond what you’ll want for your guide’s gratuity. Do not bring expensive jewelry, watches or electronics i.e. cell phones, laptops, tablets, etc. Warning: In the event of a loss regardless of fault our insurance will not cover these expensive items. **If you do decide to bring any of these items along with you to the meeting point for your trip, the most secure location to leave them behind would be at your hotel in their safe or locked up in the trunk of your vehicle. As a last resort we have a non-secure location at our headquarters (except San Juan trips), but we cannot assume responsibility for these items.
EARLY OR LATE SEASONS SUPPLEMENTS (May, June and Sept. on all trips.)
WETSUIT BOOTIES (optional) replaces water sport shoes above
PILE OUTERWEAR in addition to a quality jacket, synthetic pile pants
LONG UNDERWEAR medium weight smartwool/synthetic type
There is a greater chance of inclement weather on these trips which otherwise offer many advantages to the well-prepared river traveler. Smartwool, fleece, pile, capeline, etc. are a few examples of trade names for a class of synthetic materials that retain their ability to insulate when wet (please note, cotton does not). Your comfort on the trip starts with finding the right type of synthetic under and outer-wear and quality rain gear. We recommend Backcountry.com for your additional river trip needs. They offer a wide variety of gear to help you dress for
success while on your river trip. A prepared traveler is a happy traveler.