Stuff you should bring to Raft Camp
On the River:
- River clothes: Bathing suit and river shorts.
Girls often wear shorts or running capris with a jog bra and rash guard. Boys wear trunks and sun-resistant rash guards.
- Good river shoes. Protect your paddler’s feet! Keen, Chacos, or Teva sandals work well – especially those that cover toes. Or old sneakers like Converse that dry reasonably well. Real guides never wear slip-on “water shoes” or flip flops on the river.
- Wetsuit: Long, farmer john, or shorty. It’ll be hot, but the river is cool, and junior guides love to swim! Some paddlers wear spray jackets.
- Helmets: Otters may wear their own helmet for rafting; even if not specific to rafting, a good bike or board helmet works. Otherwise, helmets will be provided as needed.
- A leakproof water bottle. A strap or ring is ideal to clip on the boat.
- Waterproof sunscreen. (Don’t apply to the forehead, where it’ll wash into eyes.)
- Sunglasses with a strap like Chums
- A hat for shore exploration and searching for skippin’ rocks.
- Camp clothing/sweater for cool nights and cool mornings-
- Camp shoes. Sandals or flip flops, though youthful campers may prefer shoes for runnin’ around.
- Sleeping bag, sleeping pad, perhaps a pillow, ground cloth.
- Tents are optional. It’s generally hot and dry in July. Many guides enjoy sleeping under the stars.
- A camp chair
- Headlamp or flashlight
- Mosquito repellent
- Medicine if needed. (Please remind your senior guides about any requirements for on-river medicines.)
- A lifejacket/PFD for playing in the river after rafting (While rafting, paddlers must wear an official company life preserver.)
- Water toys/inner tubes/SUPs
- Serious skit gear! Costumes and silly hats are ideal.
And finally, we recommend against...
- Electronics: Why bring 'em?