River Trip Suggested Packing List

By Denise Oblak

Most outfitters will provide waterproof bags (dry bags) for you to pack these items in.


  • bandana
  • hats: one wool cap, one for sun shade
  • long pants-for hiking & sun protection
  • shoes: camp,hiking boots, river sandals or tennis
  • socks: hiking, wool or synthetic to wear with river shoes
  • gloves-wool or fleece
  • jacket, sweater or sweatshirt
  • rain gear-top & bottom
  • swimsuit
  • shorts-synthetic fabric is best
  • synthetic long underwear-top & bottom
  • shirts: long sleeves, tee


  • camera (waterproof model best)
  • flashlight w/extra batteries & bulbs
  • insect repellent
  • paddling gloves if kayaking, canoeing or paddle rafting
  • sunglasses with retainer leach
  • sunscreen-SPF 15 or higher

Personal Items

  • hand lotion/moisturizer
  • medicines or prescriptions
  • shampoo (biodegradable)
  • towel (small)
  • lip balm
  • personal hygiene kit
  • soap (biodegradable)

Suggested Optional Items

  • binoculars
  • day pack or belt pack (for side canyon hikes)
  • journal notebook
  • river guidebook

Information courtesy of Utah Guides & Outfitters Association.

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