On a long trip you want to be prepared for ANYTHING. Hmm, sound overwhelming? When packing for a long trip consider these things: 1. During what time of the year is my trip scheduled? 2. In what part of the country (or world) is my river trip? 3. What type of boat will I be using and what type of whitewater will I be experiencing? Still confused? Let us explain.
- During what time of the year is my trip scheduled?
Outfitters run trips from early spring until late fall. When packing for an early spring trip or a late fall trip you will want to lean more toward the cool day stuff. If you are prepared, you will stay comfortable on those cooler days and the warm days will seem like a blessing -- but not a Godsend.
- In what part of the country (or world) is my river trip?
Spring on the Grand Canyon is very different from spring on the Middle Fork of the Salmon. Consult your outfitter for the particular weather patterns on specific rivers.
- What type of boat will I be using and what type of whitewater will I be experiencing?
On certain trips you might have a choice of boats. Remember, the closer you are to the action, the wetter you will get! (And the more active you will be.) If you are to be riding in an oar-boat that is being rowed by a single guide you will not get as wet as you might in a paddleboat or an inflatable kayak. Check with your outfitter for boat options and specific clothing recommendations.
There are plenty of little items you might want to bring to make your trip even more enjoyable. Most outfitters cover your every need, but it can be fun to bring a few cool extras .