Day Trip Packing Lists


Whitewater Rafting

You’re gonna get wet, and it’s gonna be fun! We have all of the safety gear that you’ll need. Read on to find out what else to bring. Hint: not much, and nothing you can’t be parted from.


  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • T-shirt (quick dry is recommended)
  • Quick dry shorts
  • Swimsuit (important to bring when wearing a wetsuit, typically in the spring or fall)
  • River sandals or sneakers (wetsuit booties are provided at no additional cost if you don’t have the appropriate footwear)
  • Fleece jacket/sweater (for trips in spring/fall or on a rainy day)
  • Sun Hat or Ball Cap (must fit under helmet)
  • Waterproof camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Eyeglass retention strap, such as Chums or Croakies (we typically have these for sale in our office, along with low cost sunglasses)
  • Dry change of clothes for after the trip
  • Gratuity for guide (10-20% is the standard for our industry)
  • We provide all safety gear, such as life jackets, helmets, wet suits, water booties, and rain gear free of charge on rafting trips.
  • You’ll use your vehicle as a locker for anything you don’t want to risk getting wet or lost. We’ll store your car keys in our office.

Scenic Floats

It’s not likely you’ll get wet on a Scenic Float — other than your feet, maybe up to your knees, as you get in the boat. That being said, if it’s hot and sunny, you might want to jump in and out of the raft to swim! If you think that you might want to go for a swim, definitely wear a bathing suit and quick dry clothing. If you’re certain you don’t want to swim, just wear appropriate clothing for the forecast, but keep in mind that synthetic layers are always a good choice in Montana.


  • Water bottle
  • Sunscreen
  • River sandals or sneakers (wetsuit booties are provided at no additional cost if you don’t have the appropriate footwear.)
  • Sun Hat or Ball Cap
  • Waterproof camera
  • Sunglasses
  • Gratuity for guide (10-20% is the standard for our industry)
  • We provide all safety gear, such as life jackets, helmets, wet suits, water booties, and rain gear free of charge on rafting trips.
  • You’ll use your vehicle as a locker for anything you don’t want to risk getting wet or lost. We’ll store your car keys in our office.

Overnight Packing List


Clothing


  • Quick dry shorts (1 for the river/ 1 for camp)
  • Synthetic wicking t-shirt (1 for the river/ 1 for camp)
  • Swimsuit
  • Long underwear top and bottom (midweight, synthetic)
  • Midweight fleece or wool jacket or sweater
  • Midweight fleece pants (for use while at camp)
  • Fleece or insulated jacket (needed in June and September)
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pant
  • Fleece or wool hat
  • Fleece or wool gloves
  • Wool or synthetic socks
  • River sandals or sneakers for rafting. (We provide wetsuit booties if necessary)
  • Dry shoes for camp

Miscellaneous Essentials


  • Ziploc bags (larger size, to organize, keep items clean and dry)
  • Toiletries (toothbrush, toothpaste, wash cloth, sanitary wipes)
  • Sunscreen and lip balm
  • Sunglasses and straps – polarized recommended for fishing!
  • Eyeglass retention strap
  • Spare corrective eyewear, glasses, or contacts
  • Sun hat or ball cap
  • Insect repellant
  • Headlamp with fresh batteries
  • Water bottle
  • Gratuity for guide (15% is the standard for our industry)

Optional Items


  • Waterproof camera
  • Waterproof binoculars
  • Camp towel
  • Camp pillow (lightweight, packable)
  • Bandana
  • Ear plugs
  • Alcoholic beverages (no glass)

Provided (no additional cost on guided trips)


  • River Equipment including Rafts and Accessories
  • Life Jackets
  • All Camping Gear (includes tent, sleeping bag, sleeping bag liner and sleeping mat)
  • All Group Cooking Gear, Food and Water
  • Dry Bags
  • Wetsuits and Booties
  • Splash Gear
  • Group First Aid Kit
  • Bear Spray
  • Toilet Paper
  • Toilet System for Camp
  • Hand Sanitizer