What to Bring

Bathing suits, hats, sunscreen, shoes you don't mind getting wet

Dry clothes, wool or fleece shirt, and a windbreaker for cool days

Bring a signed copy of the Acknowledgement of Risk for each river runner

Bring a great attitude and an expectation of fun

We suggest that you avoid wearing a cotton t-shirt except on very hot days..."cotton keeps you cold," instead wear a synthetic fabric shirt. We recommend you wear shoes that can get wet - flip flops are prone to float away and don't offer any foot protection in the river.

 

More questions? Feel free to ask, us, and in the meanwhile below are some basic Q&A's about general whitewater rafting...

Long before you embark on your river trip, you'll want to consider what items you'll need to ensure a safe and comfortable experience. Below are some general questions to consider in refining your packing plan.

What time of year are you planning to go?

Packing for early season (March through May) or late season (September through November) river trips means bringing more stuff! That's because the weather conditions vary, requiring the need to pack for warm sunny days as well as cold, rainy (or possibly snowy) days. The water temperatures will also be cooler during the early and late seasons. Trips in the main seasons (June through August) typically require fewer cold-weather items in your duffel; check with your outfitter to be sure.

What type of river craft will you be riding?

This is important because some boats are inherently "splashier" than others. You'll get much wetter paddling an inflatable kayak than you will riding in a motorized J-rig. If you're planning to run a river section that has a lot of big rapids, or if you're going to be paddling a self-bailing inflatable kayak, you may want to get a wetsuit, splash gear or a good quality rain suit for your trip. Often, people don't have this gear in their closet, so many outfitters offer them for rent. Inquire about this option.

What type of river segment are you planning to run?

Your packing needs will be different for a calm water canoe trip than they would be for class V whitewater run. Since you'll most likely get drenched in the rapids of the whitewater section, you'll want to be prepared with a wetsuit or quality rain suit, especially during the colder seasons. Ask your outfitter for their recommendation.

What safety equipment will I need?

Typically, the outfitter will provide all the safety equipment that you need, but always ask about this. These items would include a personal floatation device, (otherwise know as a PFD or life jacket) and a helmet, especially for those who plan to paddle an inflatable kayak or a paddle raft.

What materials/fabrics are best suited for water sports?

Advanced high-tech materials have contributed greatly to the comfort of today's rafting and kayaking enthusiasts by offering qualities, such as lightweight, ability-to-breath, and water and wind repellency all-in-one fabric. One such "wonder fabric" is Gore-tex, which is often used in outerwear such as parkas or shells. It makes an excellent layering component. There are a number of companies manufacturing this type of fabric with different trade names.

Another great stride for water-related activities is Supplex, a lightweight, nylon-type of fabric that dries extremely fast. You'll find this fabric used in all types of activewear including river shorts, wind shirts and shells.

Another wonderful material for all types of outdoor activities are fleeces. Made of synthetic fabric (polyester), and sometimes even out of recycled plastic soda pop bottles, it comes in a variety of weights that offer superior insulating capabilities and quick drying characteristics. It makes an excellent layering component.

What personal hygiene products are recommended for river trips?

The answer: biodegradable products. Often, river trips take place in remote wilderness areas and within delicate ecosystems so any products you plan to use while on the river should be formulated not to harm the environment. There are many brands available such as "Camp Suds," or "Dr. Bonner's Soap" and a new product called, "No Rinse Body Wash and Shampoo," originally developed by NASA for use by astronauts. These products are generally found at outdoor specialty stores.

Regardless of when you come or the length of the trip you take, rafting on a Utah river will be fun and an experience long remembered. Good planning only enhances those memories. See you on the river!

 

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