Grand Canyon Rafting 6 and 7 Day

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It's important to be prepared for your Grand Canyon rafting trip. You may encounter all types of weather and conditions. Planning ahead and having the proper gear will ensure you have a safe and enjoyable river rafting experience.

Through several decades of experience on the river, Western knows what clothing and gear will keep you smiling every second of your adventure. For your convenience, you can find all these items online with Western’s retail division, Red Rock Outfitters. Shop for your packing list now »

Gear on the River

Duffle Bag
All of your personal items should be packed into a soft-sided duffle bag approximately 12” x 13” x 24” in size. Due to aircraft weight allowances and raft space, please limit your gear to 20 pounds, not including beverages (see note on next page regarding beverages).

Dry Bag
Upon arrival to the river’s edge, you will be provided a water-resistant day bag (approximately 7” x 13”). In this day bag, you will want to put those items you wish to access during the day (raingear, camera, medications, sun block, lip balm, river guidebook, etc). We recommend packing these items in a simple plastic grocery sack inside your duffle for easy transfer to your day bag at the launch site.

Gear Bag
Also upon arrival at the launch site of your trip, you will receive a water-resistant gear bag. This bag will contain your sleeping bag, sheet and ground tarp. You will put your duffle bag inside this bag, roll the top down and clip it securely to avoid getting your personal gear wet. Your personal gear bag will be available at camp each night of your trip.

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Packing List

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Clothing Items
  • Two-piece rain suit (Not just for rainstorms - water temperatures average 50° F year round. Quality rain gear offers protection against the cold water when running rapids – especially early in the morning.)
  • 2-3 swimsuits (shorts and a sports bra, or a 2-piece swimsuit and quick-drying shorts are recommended for women)
  • 2-3 quick-drying shirts (long sleeve and/or short sleeve)
  • 2 pair comfortable lightweight pants/shorts and shirt with underwear for camp wear
  • 1 pair socks for use in case of sunburn or foot injury
  • 1 pair quick-drying pants (optional - for sun protection)
  • Lightweight fleece top
  • Sturdy water sandals or water shoes. Based on the type and condition of your footwear, you may want to consider a backup pair of sandals or shoes in case of any damage.
  • Comfortable footwear for camp (optional – some
    guests prefer to change out of wet sandals or
    shoes into flip flops or other light weight shoes)
  • Hat for sun protection with string or hat clip
  • Gloves for protection while gripping ropes (optional)
  • Neoprene socks
  • Stocking cap
  • Mid-weight fleece jacket
  • Note: Water clarity can vary from clear to very silty. As a result, clothing may become discolored. Please pack accordingly.

Spring Trips (April-Early May)

  • 2 sets of Capilene (or similar) long underwear. One for use during the day in the case of unusually cold weather and one for use while sleeping at night.
    Note: This may not be needed but should be included just in case. Temperatures in the spring can be very pleasant, but can also be unpredictable. Be sure that you have a comfortable stocking cap / beanie that you can sleep in as well in the case of colder weather at night.


Personal Items
  • Personal hygiene products
  • Plenty of sunscreen
  • Sunscreen lip balm
  • After-sun moisturizing lotion
  • Biodegradable soap and shampoo in small bottles
  • Sport water bottle with clip or carabiner
  • Small towel and wash cloth
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Small pack of tissues
  • Small headlamp or flashlight with extra batteries
  • Insect repellant (small container)
  • Sunglasses with safety strap
  • Camera – waterproof digital camera with extra batteries and memory cards recommended (Note: online post-trip photo sharing will be available for those with digital images. You will be given access information via email. Please ensure we have your accurate email address on file.)
  • Small travel pillow
  • Medication if needed (cool storage is available)
  • All guests 18 and older must have photo ID
  • available for trip flights
  • Major credit card and ID in case of evacuation
  • Cash for gratuities (Your guides will make every effort to see that your trip is enjoyable and successful. Gratuities for guides are appropriate, greatly appreciated and at your discretion, as a gesture of thanks for their professionalism and service. A suggested guideline is 10 percent of the trip cost. The common practice is to give the gratuity to the trip leader on the last night. It will later be divided equally with the rest of the crew.)

Optional Items

  • 2 small carabiners for clipping day-use bag and water bottle to ropes
  • Plastic bag for dirty or wet clothing
  • A few clothespins to secure wet clothing while drying
  • Disposable moist towelettes
  • Mile-by-Mile River Guide Book (see

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Incredible, breathtaking, the most magical place on earth. I wasn’t sure how this vacation would stack up to others, but after spending 6 days in that canyon it was without a doubt the best vacation of my life. I don’t think I would be saying that were it not for our fabulous guides. If you are thinking about taking this trip do it. Whether you love being outdoors or love air conditioning and email like myself you will love this trip. Thanks everyone for great food, fun, family, and friends.

KATIE BOUTON, Huntington Beach, CA