For most trip types 6 days or more, a small backpack or fanny pack is nice to have so you can enjoy the side hikes without having to carry items in your hands. Friends and family can easily share a pack or two as not everyone needs one. Most of our hikes are not terribly long, but several of them require a bit of maneuverability. So if you have your water bottle, camera, sunscreen, and a snack, a little bag will go a long way.
The easiest way to accomplish this is with a drawstring bag or collapsible backpack. They are lightweight, pack into our provided day drybags, and allow you to keep your hands free while hiking/scrambling.
If you already own a small hydration pack, that may work. Just make sure it is small enough to fit into the small dry bag (7″ x 14″) we provide. Otherwise, the pack and all its contents get wet running the rapids.
Finally, if you’re thinking, “All I really need is my water bottle.” No worries! Your guides will be carrying extra snacks and first aid, so if you want to carry only a water bottle, find a way to strap it to your person. You can use a simple shoulder strap or rig something up yourself. Make sure that your water bottle is approximately one liter.
EXCEPTIONS: If you are on a full canyon Hiker’s Special trip, you’ll likely want a comfortable backpack as your hikes will be longer. If you are hiking into or out of the canyon, be sure to read your trip packet for specific details regarding backpack requirements and hydration pack/water bottle recommendations.