How to be River Ready

By Marie • July 24, 2018

NOTE: This blog does not apply to our 3 Day trip, since your first day will be at the Bar 10 Ranch and not on the river. This also doesn’t apply to anyone hiking into the canyon on day 1.

In our pre-trip materials we ask you to be dressed for the river when we pick you up on day 1. Here are a few tips to help you feel prepared and more organized that first day.

Organizing your bag:

The night before the trip, you may want to re-organize your duffel bag and place items that you’ll need while on the raft during the day at the top; such as sunscreen in a Ziploc, sarong, camera and case, hat, lightweight long-sleeve SPF shirt, rain gear, chapstick, medications, river guidebook, etc. Most guests clip their water bottle to straps on the raft with a carabiner. A cheap, lightweight, drawstring backpack is great to store inside of the provided day dry bag and use for daily side hikes so you can have your hands free. Your duffel bag will go in our provided “checked luggage” dry bag that you won’t be able to access again until we get to camp. Plan accordingly.


The morning of the trip, be ready to go with river gear on. Wear a quick-dry base layer (swimsuit or synthetic underwear/bra) underneath quick-dry clothes. Most of you have an early start, so it can be cool when we first pick you up. Have a fleece or other warm layer on, or at least handy, so you can stay comfortable throughout your morning travels. For cooler weather trips, you can add your long underwear layer and/or socks for additional warmth.

Optional – Shoe bag:

Most people hike in their river sandals and since many side hikes include stream crossings or swimming, it’s typically a great option. However, some people choose to change into socks and shoes for longer dry hikes. If you wish, have your extra pair of shoes and a pair of socks near the top of your duffel, or tied to the outside of your bag, so you can put them in our “shoe bag”. Our guides will have that bag accessible during the day. Do not leave those shoes in your duffel since you can’t access that during the day.

Last minute purchases:

You’ll have a chance to buy last-minute supplies at the Marble Canyon Chevron station if need be. They have a surprising array of technical gear, sunscreen, toiletries, souvenirs, and beverages including boxed wine, canned beer, and non-alcoholic options. They do not sell hard liquor. Buying beverages in Marble Canyon helps you cut down on your baggage weight which is important if you’re flying from Las Vegas the first morning of your trip. Have an idea of what you need so you can quickly make your purchases and board our shuttle down to the river.


There are bathrooms both at the Marble Canyon store and at Lee’s Ferry where we’ll give you your dry bags and the last chance to get organized. If you need to, you can do one more quick change of clothes before the rafts shove off.

No question is too small! Feel free to email or call us as we’re happy to help you out.