How to Pack for a Rafting and Overnight Camping Trip

Whitewater rafting is a super fun, full of adrenaline adventure. Camping is an amazing way to experience nature, but nothing beats when they come together into one fantastic adventure. You get a little bit of everything: beautiful scenery, the rush of the river, and an unparalleled sense of freedom.

When you’re planning for a whitewater rafting and camping combo trip, you’ll have to be a little bit more prepared than if you were to do either activity on its own. Here are some ideas.

Always Think of the Basics

Colorado weather is always unpredictable. It can get sweltering during the day and then cool down at night, so keep that in mind when you’re packing clothes but try not to pack more than what fits in a large suitcase. Bring your toiletries, first aid kit, a camera with a waterproof case, flashlight, and a small pillow. Also, be sure to bring food and snacks.

Whitewater raftingPacking for Rafting

You will need a bathing suit, water or river shoes, quick-drying shorts, sunscreen SPF 15 or higher, a baseball hat, sunglasses, an extra change of clothes —or a couple since you’re spending the night— and water, for sure. Cotton clothing is not the best for the water because it will make you colder when it’s wet, and it takes forever to dry. It’s also not recommended to bring jewelry and electronics with you on the raft.

Packing for Camping

To sleep comfortably, you will need some things to keep you warm as temperatures drop. Pack socks, long pants, shorts —just in case, a long sleeve shirt, an extra pair of dry shoes because the ones you use for rafting might take a while to dry. Also, flip flops are convenient in a camping setting —although not as much for rafting.


Just bring what you need for the trip, and our guides will do the rest. At Mile Hi Rafting, we will make sure your rafting and overnight camping trip is an adventure you never forget.


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