Personal River Gear Checklist

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  • Polypro underwear or equivalent top and bottom (3 pair in winter)
  • Jacket (wind/rain long cut)
  • Pile/Fleece jacket or wool sweater
  • Gloves (woolen in winter)
  • Warm pants (wool, fleece, or pile. 1 pair summer, 3 pair winter)
  • Warm shirt (1 summer, 3 winter)
  • Bib overall bottoms and spray top
  • Cool shirt (3 in summer, 1-2 in winter)
  • Sun Hats (2, wide brim to protect head, face, and neck, preferably crushable, with some sort of tie strap)
  • Balaclava or sock hat (2, winter only)
  • Swimsuit (1 or 2)
  • Medium size bath towel
  • Shorts (quick dry, not cotton) for river (2)
  • Shorts, Cotton or other comfy (1 or 2)
  • Tee shirts (4 in summer)
  • Tee shirts (long sleeve for sun protection) (2-3 summer and winter)
  • Underwear (2-3 pair summer)
  • Socks (2 cotton, 1 wool summer, 5 wool winter)
  • Light sun pants (loose, quick-dry 1 pair summer/winter)
  • Sarong: If you would like
  • Post-trip change of clothes to leave in car
  • Needle and thread
  • Baby pins (half dozen, misc. sizes)
  • River Sandals (Teva & such)
  • Light weight Hiking Boots
  • Stamps, Envelopes, Address, Money, calling card #, for Phantom Ranch
  • Camera
  • More film than you expect to need
  • Extra camera battery
  • Journal
  • Paper, Pen
  • Books to read (more in winter)
  • Binoculars
  • all in one shampoo (small bottle, safe top)
  • dental floss
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Hair brush
  • Hair ties
  • Signal Mirror (for toilet kit and emergency use in a pinch)NPS
  • Tampons
  • Hand lotion, Aloe gel, sun screen, chapstick: (lots!)
  • Wash cloth
  • mole skin (limited use)
  • Handkerchief
  • Pocket Knife
  • Flashlight (4-D cell cap lamp for winter)
  • Extra Batteries
  • Head lamp, extra batteries & bulb
  • Shades (with straps!) (2 pair)
  • Spare prescription eyewear (eye glass repair kit-coordinate)
  • Backgammon, cards (coordinate)
  • Rock climbing gear (coordinate)
  • Musical instruments (coordinate)
  • Solar shower (Summer, heat water with stove in the winter. coordinate)
  • Library (bird book, geology book, star book-coordinate)
  • Life jacket Type I, II, III, or V NPS
  • Whistle (non ball-type)
  • River knife (optional)
  • Rubber bands, safety pins, needle and thread
  • Large dry bag 4400-5500 cu. in. (if shaky looking, turn it inside-out & partial fill to check for leaks…
  • Small dry bag (use for day bag in winter)
  • Tent (Bomber proof for winter)
  • Water Bottles (2 x l.)
  • Blanket and Sheet, or Light Sleeping Bag (summer)
  • Blanket and 2 sleeping bags (winter)
  • Ground Pad (Thermarest or Paco pad, Thermarest repair kit-coordinate)
  • Ground tarp
  • Folding Chair (cheap ones are just that. Your chair must be comfortable for you.)
  • Day Pack or fanny pack (w/water bottle holders )
  • Personal Hot/cold Cup
  • Butane lighter (for candles, emergencies, frayed cam strap ends)
  • Plastic bags: Trash bags (1-3), Ziplock baggies, qt & gallon sizes
  • Carabineers (5-10), (personalize them with your own colored tape pattern ) Ammo Can(s) for quick-draw day stuff (painted as you like)
  • Stash of personal munchies
  • Personal Meds (If drug dependent, meds split into 2 supplies and stashed on 2 different boats.)
  • Tobacco
  • DRINKS
  • Personal Drinks (no glass) (Lots! Do the math per day)
  • Liquor in plastic bottles (may have to transfer to get the good stuff), lemons and or limes.

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