River Float Trip Packing List

Planning a river float day trip can be a lot of fun! With beautiful scenery, the option to relax or be adventurous, and the possibility of seeing wildlife, it’s no wonder that river floats are a popular summer activity. In this guide, we’ll go over everything you need to know to plan the perfect river float day trip.

Here are some essential items you’ll need to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience:


Tube or Raft

The first and most important item you’ll need is a tube or raft to float on. This will be your mode of transportation for the day and can make all the difference in terms of comfort and stability on the water. Make sure to choose one that is suitable for the type of river you’ll be floating on, as well as your own personal preference.

Personal Flotation Device (PFD)

A PFD is an essential safety item for any water activity, including river floats. It will help keep you afloat if you fall off your tube or raft, and it’s especially important if you’re not a strong swimmer. Make sure to wear your PFD at all times while on the water.

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If you’re planning on using a raft instead of a tube, paddles will be necessary for steering and maneuvering. Make sure to bring at least one paddle per person.

Bungee Cords or Twine

These items will come in handy for securing your cooler, dry bag, and other belongings to your tube or raft. Bungee cords are great for larger items, while twine can be used for smaller items. Carabiners make it easy to clip and unclip your belongings when necessary.

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Sunscreen and Protective Gear

Spending a day on the water means being exposed to the sun for an extended period of time. Make sure to bring sunscreen and reapply throughout the day, as well as any other protective gear you may need such as hats, sunglasses, or long-sleeved shirts.

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Water Shoes or Sandals

River bottoms can be rocky and slippery, so it’s important to wear appropriate footwear. Water shoes or sandals with good traction are recommended, as they will protect your feet and help prevent slips and falls.

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Dry Storage Bag Backpack

A dry storage bag backpack is essential for keeping your personal items safe and dry while on the river. This includes important items such as your phone, keys, and wallet. Make sure to choose one that is waterproof and has enough space for all of your belongings.

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Snacks and Water

Being out on the water all day can be tiring, so it’s important to stay hydrated and keep your energy up. Pack plenty of water and snacks to keep you fueled throughout the day.

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