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White Water Rafting Camping Trips

White water rafting camping trips require much different preparation than camping trips where you are backpacking for example or where you are driving around in car stopping at various campsites. White water rafting camping trips allow you to bring more things with you than a backpacker would be able to carry and yet you are more limited than you would be if you were travelling by car. In addition if your white water rafting camping trip is being supplied by a company who offers these kinds of services, they may provide some form of transportation in addition to the raft you are in.

You will have all of the usual requirements such as food, water, sleeping bags, clothing and tents. However rafters will also need to have waterproof gear that will keep all of their items dry while they are navigating rapids as well as any rain that might fall during the day or evening. You will also need to have flashlights, or lanterns that will last for the length of your trip for even reading or just navigating to the outdoor loo. You may decide to rely on camp fires or you may also decide to bring along a camp stove for cooking. There are some really good small units that work very well.

In terms of clothing, chances are you are going to get wet several times during the day and depending on the temperature and the general weather you may need to change often into dry clothes. At night you can dry your wet clothes near the camp fire. Take care not to burn them and place them up wind to avoid sparks burning holes in them and taking on that smoky smell that camp fires provide.

If you are rafting there is always lots of water around, however it may not be drinkable. You will either have to bring sufficient drinking and cooking water with you or you will have to boil all of your water to sterilize it before you use it for drinking water or even for cooking. This is just the nature of camping and in particular white water rafting camping trips.

White Water Rafting Camping Trips – Essentials

We have included a list of essentials that may be of interest on white water rafting camping trips:

  • Aluminum foil
  • Cooking oil
  • Corkscrew
  • Cutting board
  • Flatware
  • Herbs and spices
  • Knives
  • Measuring cups
  • Napkins
  • Paper plates
  • Paper towels
  • Plastic cups plastic trash bags
  • Pot holders
  • Salt and pepper
  • Tongs and a spatula
  • Waterproof matches
  • Ziplock bags

For a more complete list refer to one of our other posts about camping essentials.

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