Whitewater Rafting Trip Checklist



  • LARGE WATERPROOF CAMP BAG 16″ diameter x 2 feet  high
  • 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 soda/person/day-popular mixes of regular & diet

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.


  • CUP plastic mugs work well
  • LIGHT TENT backpacker 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.


  • 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
  • TISSUE small travel pack
  • STUFF SACK to keep wet/dry clothes separated, i.e. pillow case or plastic bag
  • SARONG (optional)
  • 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
  • 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
  • GLOVES lightweight/synthetic
  • 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.   

Some items can be purchased from our store. HOLIDAY RIVER STORE or at GEAR.COM