Suggested Packing List

It can be daunting packing for a multi-day river trip in the wilderness (where there's no stores to run out to for that one thing that was forgotten).  

Think of these wise words from Anna Walker and don't stress too much - " When you are adrift at last, give thanks to the fates. No matter what you've forgotten, everything you need is here."

We hope this list will help you decide what will allow you to best prepared, and if you have questions just give us a call.  


Some guidelines:

Everything you are bringing needs to total 20 pounds or less due to Redtail Aviation (your air shuttle to put-in) regulations.

We recommend packing your items in: a small (12” x 22” or smaller) collapsible duffel bag or pillowcase or laundry bag so that they will easily fit in your dry bag (provided, see below)

** Please be advised that Apakoa Rivers will not be held responsible for valuables (such as electronics) or any items brought on the river.  Please consider leaving expensive, difficult to replace items at home and/or obtaining insurance for such items**


Included for all participants:


Personal Floatation Device (PFD)- US Coast Guard approved for whitewater, properly fitted to you by your guides

Sleeping Kit - (provided, if you wish to bring your own please let us know) - Freshly laundered Sleeping Bag, sheet and pillow, 3” thick inflatable Sleeping Pad, 2- person Tent to share and ground tarp.

Large Dry bag (Camp)– approximately 14” x 24” securely sealed - When you arrive at the river you will receive your camp dry bag which will contain your freshly cleaned sleeping bag and sheet.  Most of your items will go in this bag, which will only be accessible at camp.

Day Dry bag – approximately 9” x 13” securely sealed - Items you would like access to during the day – for instance: medications, sunscreen, lip balm, hat, sunglasses, rain gear, camera (waterproof or in a water-proof case).

Insulated Mug (yours to keep)

Chair for camp

All meals (from lunch day 1 to lunch on final day of trip) 


What you should pack:

1. Personal items:

  • Your prescription medications – if you have prescriptions that require refrigeration please let us know.

  • Spare prescription glasses or contacts and contact lens solution

  • Sunglasses and Strap (consider bringing spare)

  • Additional water bottle (1 is provided for you) or hydration pack

  • Headlamp or Flashlight with extra batteries

  • Toiletries: toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.

  • Sunscreen (30 spf or greater recommended)

  • Lip balm

  • Moisturizing Lotion

  • Biodegradable soap

  • Insect Repellent

  • Small quick dry towel

  • Women – feminine hygiene products

  • Personal first aid kit – we provide a wilderness first aid kit, however if there are products that you like to use (for example: headache medication, cramp pain relief, eye drops) please bring them with you.


2. Clothing:

  • Rain gear top and bottoms -  (100% waterproof, not just water resistant) – for both rain and to protect from splashing in the boat and wind

  • Hats – sun protection hat and warm hat/beanie

  • Footwear –On the river: sandals (with heel strap) or river shoes that are secure on feet

 In camp/hiking:  light hiker shoes, athletic shoes/sneakers, flip flops (camp)

  • Hiking socks and socks for camp, wetsuit socks optional (see below)

  • Swimsuit – 2-piece or swimsuit top/tankini with board shorts works well for women

  • Long sleeve shirt and long pants – for sun protection

  • Short sleeve top/ t- shirt(s) – 1 or 2

  • Shorts – 1-2 pairs

  • Comfortable clothes for camp – cotton great for hot weather

Early or Late Season Items:

  • Early or late season or depending on weather/cold tolerance –

  • Synthetic or wool long sleeve top and bottom layer for warmth

  • Fleece or insulated jacket

  • Fleece bottoms for camp

  • Neoprene/ wetsuit socks or booties

  • Neoprene/ wetsuit gloves for paddling

  • Warm gloves or mittens for camp

3. Additional Items:

  • Wetsuit for inflatable kayak/stand up paddle board/kayak depending on weather/season

  • Zip lock bags/stuff sacks/pillowcases/trash bags – helpful for organizing dry bag

  • Sarong and bandanna (for sun protection)

  • Camera and extra batteries (waterproof or in water-proof case)

  • Binoculars

  • Journal

  • Sketch pad/artist pad

  • Book (paperback) – most trips will also have a Trip Library Box available

  • Wet wipes

  • Small travel pillow

  • Personal snacks – we provide snacks but if there is a snack that suits your dietary requirements/likes please provide your own

  • Personal drink powder- we provide lemonade, electrolyte drink mixes but if there is a particular drink mix that you prefer, please bring it

  • Fishing gear – State of Utah fishing license required, please inquire for details

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