The packing list was created from decades of Grand Canyon rafting experience to cover varying weather conditions, please follow it (even a fleece in summer!). It is better to have and not need, than need and not have. If you stick to the list, we think you should be pretty well-prepared for your Grand Canyon river trip. If you don’t see something on the packing list, it means either:
A. You probably don’t need it in the canyon or
B. We provide it for you
Most things will fall under category A. But if that makes you squirm in your seat a little, here’s a list of what we provide:
- Custom made rafts and experienced guides
- Coast Guard approved whitewater personal flotation device (PFD)
- Meals-prepared by guides and snacks on the rafts
- Kitchen facilities, dishware and mug for each person
- Camping toilet facilities, toilet paper and supplies
- Beverages- unlimited water, assorted soda and electrolyte mix
- First-aid kit
- Sleeping bag, sheet and small pillow
- Cot for motor-trips, sleeping pad for oar trips
- Two-person tent and ground tarp, sharing not required
- Large dry bad for the provided sleeping gear, clothing, and personal items
- Personal daytime dry bag (accessible at all times)-7″ diameter and 14″ tall when sealed
- Camp chairs
- Community dry bag for hiking shoes (accessible before side hikes)
Let’s take a closer look at each of those.
Rafting equipment including life jackets: So what does that mean we don’t provide, and you don’t need? Helmets, primarily. Call us if you have questions about this, but the short answer is, they just aren’t necessary on our trips.
Large and small dry bags: This one is pretty straightforward. We’ll issue your dry bags at the launch point, which is where you will place your gear into our bags.
Camping gear: The tents are 2-person tents (Although, technically, you can fit three people to a tent. And, even more importantly, we don’t recommend using a tent unless it is actively raining. They, like all tents, tend to get stuffy. And they block your view of the amazing night sky.) and, no, we don’t ever assign sleeping quarters. Cots are provided on our motorized trips and sleeping pads are provided on our oar-powered trips. We pack warmer sleeping bags and fleece liners in the cooler times of the year. The pillows are small camp pillows, but pretty darn comfortable.
Meals: If you have special dietary requirements or allergies, tell us. We’ll let you know what we can do and what we can’t do. One thing to note here is that we cannot provide alcohol … but you can bring your own.
Camp chairs, eating utensils and a souvenir mug: Yep. We’ve got those.
Still got questions about any of this? Give us a call!