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Trip Info:
Packing List

The packing list was created from decades of Grand Canyon rafting experience, please follow it (even a fleece in summer!). You will be traveling through remote wilderness areas with the possibility of extreme, unpredictable weather and large temperature swings. As your trip approaches, we recommend checking point forecasts near Bar 10 Ranch and in Grand Canyon where you’ll be rafting. Follow the packing list below, and use the forecast to determine the need for extra warm or cold weather items. Remember, it is better to have and not need, than to need and not have. Being prepared goes a long way towards an enjoyable trip. For those of you flying to the area, we suggest carrying absolute river necessities in a carry-on bag. It is tough to get things together if your luggage is lost by the airline.

Note: You must limit your gear to 25 lbs; most need far less. Alcohol/personal beverages DO count toward this limit. DO NOT bring hard-sided luggage or suitcases. Find many of these items in our online store and check out our blog for more insider info.

  • Soft-sided duffel or gym bag, about 24”x12”x12”
  • Nalgene-style water bottle, at least 1 liter, with a carabiner to hook to the raft
  • Waterproof rain jacket with hood — a poncho is not effective
  • River shoes, see footwear section below

  • Clothing

  • 1-2 shirts: quick-dry material
  • At least 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection
  • Clothes for camp/sleeping: camp skirt/dress can make urinating more private
  • 1 swimsuit: 2-piece is easier, or sports bra and quick-dry shorts
  • 1-2 pairs of shorts: quick-dry material
  • Fleece jacket
  • 1 pair long pants: for sun protection, lightweight and quick-dry material
  • Underwear
  • Socks: several pairs for sun protection and to prevent/heal blisters, synthetic or wool
  • Bandana and/or sarong: for dipping in the river to keep cool and for sun protection
  • Hat with retention strap and good brim
  • Optional hiking or tennis/athletic shoes
  • Optional rain pants
  • If your trip is May or Sept., you might want additional layers in case we encounter an early/late winter storm. Consider bringing long underwear, gloves, wool socks, beanie, etc.
  • Personal Items

  • Small travel towel (hand towel or sarong works too)
  • Toiletries – Toothbrush/paste, deodorant, biodegradable soap, brush/comb, etc.
  • Headlamp (red light is handy) and fresh batteries
  • Medications and/or personal first-aid items
  • Prescription glasses or daily contacts: backup glasses or eye drops are recommended
  • Sunglasses with retention strap: may be wise to bring a spare pair
  • Insect repellent: small size
  • Chapstick with SPF
  • Sunscreen: large size or more than one; be prepared for very strong sun
  • Body moisturizer: large size to prevent cracked skin
  • Personal & feminine hygiene products (remember to pack for the unexpected)
  • Baby wipes for easy bathing
  • 1 carabiner: handy for clipping water bottles to raft
  • Camera (or phone on airplane mode) with a waterproof case, spare batteries, and charger
  • Cash or blank check for gratuities. The Bar 10 Ranch and Arizona River Runners are separate entities, see more details below.
  • Pared-down wallet with ID, credit/debit card, and health insurance card

  • Optional Extra Items

  • Alcohol, see Beverages Section
  • Belknap Grand Canyon River Guide
  • Book, playing cards, small musical instrument (call for guitar info), flip-flops, Frisbee, gloves, koozie, earplugs (for light sleepers), etc.
  • An ARR Trip Host will be with you from the time we pick you up until we return.
  • 40-minute flight from airport to the ranch
  • Horseback riding
  • Ranch history presentation
  • Skeet shooting
  • Optional hike to hilltop views
  • Games including table tennis, tetherball, volleyball, horseshoes, and billiards
  • Lunch, dinner, and breakfast – including coffee/ tea, water, and assorted sodas
  • Country-western show
  • Accommodations at the ranch
  • Helicopter from Bar 10 down to the river

  • What’s Included on the River

  • Raft 50 miles with experienced guides
  • Large dry bag (accessible only in camp) for the provided sleeping gear and your duffel bag.
  • Personal daytime dry bag (accessible at all times) – 7” diameter and 14” tall when sealed
  • Meals and snacks
  • Coffee/tea, water, and assorted sodas
  • Camping toilet facilities, toilet paper, and supplies
  • Cot, sleeping bag, sheet, and small pillow
  • Two-person tent and ground tarp, sharing not required
  • Jet boat 40 miles to the take-out
  • Bus back to starting location

  • Grand Canyon rafting is a unique adventure. Once we embark into the canyon, we are self-sufficient and self-contained for the duration of the trip. This means packing well is important as there are no stores to supplement things you may have forgotten. We have put a great amount of thought and care into our packing list, and we ask that you trust our experience!

    Different types of river sandalsClosed-toed shoes are not required for any activity at Bar 10 Ranch. However, some guests prefer to bring athletic/tennis shoes for walking on uneven terrain, horseback riding, and the optional ATV tour. If you prefer to pack light, 1 pair of river shoes/sandals and 1 pair of flip-flops would be sufficient as most people do ranch activities in their river shoes. Many surfaces encountered on and off the rafts are extremely slippery. To help maneuver on these surfaces your river shoes should have grippy tread and attach securely to your foot with laces/straps. For optimal comfort make sure your shoes are broken in before the trip. River sandals tend to be the most popular choice as they have all of these features and are great for the short side hikes in or around water. We recommend Chaco, Keen, Bedrock, or Merrell for excellent river sandals/shoes.

    Happy guests in rain jackets and rain pantsIt is important to have a quality rain jacket with a hood. Because the river is very cold year-round, you’ll use rain gear as a splash guard from the rapids. Even on the hottest days, guests often wear rain gear in the morning, while going through rapids, and in the shade of the canyon walls.

    Make sure your rain gear is waterproof, not just water resistant. Rain gear with the ability to cinch at the neck and wrists works well. A poncho is not effective. Rain pants are optional, but we suggest bringing them if you run cold, if there is rain in the forecast, or if you are on an early or late season trip.

    People wearing river clothesYou will pack your duffel bag in our waterproof bags when you get to the river. Quick-drying clothing is highly recommended. Many of our guides wear long-sleeved shirts every day for sun protection.

    If it is overcast, it can turn chilly, so pack a fleece jacket to wear under your rain gear. We know the packing list seems like a lot, but weather in the canyon is extreme and unpredictable. Even if you check the forecast before you go, it can be misleading as there aren’t any weather stations exactly where you are traveling.

    We want your trip to be as comfortable and enjoyable as possible, which is why we recommend bringing the layers in the packing list to be ready for anything. We know that nothing ruins a trip like being unprepared. It’s easier to cool down in the canyon if you just get wet, but it can be surprisingly difficult to warm up if you get cold. So bring those layers and be glad if you don’t have to use them; it means you had perfect weather on your trip.

    Smiling river guides next to dinnerTo help you plan all the details of your trip, we want to let you know that it is customary, upon receiving a satisfactory experience, to tip the Bar 10 Ranch staff and the Arizona River Runners crew. It is an acknowledgment of a job well done, and anything you give is greatly appreciated.

    The Bar 10 Ranch and Arizona River Runners are individual entities, so gratuity is handled separately. An average tip at the Bar 10 Ranch is about $25-$30 per guest and can be placed in the cash-only tip box in the lodge. For the river crew, a common tip is 8-10% of the total trip cost. You may leave cash or a check (bring a blank one to fill out on the river) with the trip leader, who will distribute it evenly among the crew, including the trip host.

    Please come prepared as you will NOT be able to tip with a credit/debit card nor apps like Venmo at the ranch or on the river.

    Bathroom at the Bar 10 Ranch.You’ll likely want to shower after a day of ranch activities. Thankfully, Bar 10 Ranch has plenty of warm showers available. There are towels available to rent for a small fee, or you can bring a small towel from home. A sarong can also be used as a towel if you want to pack light. You can use your regular soap and shampoo.

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