Colorado Rafting Trip Packing List: What to Bring

Grand County offers visitors infamous rafting routes such as the Gore Canyon stretch along the Colorado River. Discover some of the best whitewater rafting in Colorado without worrying about what to pack. Our river rafting packing list will ensure you don’t forget anything on your ultimate river adventure!

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Clothing & Gear

  • Layers of quick-dry clothing made of synthetics or a swimsuit
  • Towel and change of clothes for after the trip
  • Sun protection including sunscreen, sunglasses and/or a hat
  • Secure shoes such as old trainers or sport sandals
  • Life vests or any personal flotation device (PFD)
  • Helmets for higher class whitewater rapids
  • Waterproof / dry bag for phones, wallets, etc.

Food & Drink

  • Reusable water bottle(s)
  • Snacks to refuel such as protein bars or dried fruit


  • Personal toiletries and medications such as Dramamine
  • Disposable waterproof camera
  • Cooler for food and drinks
  • Camping gear for riverside camping
  • Fishing equipment

For guided river rafting trips, rafts, paddles and PFDs are typically provided, and additional gear may be available to rent. If going solo, don’t forget to pack your watercraft of choice and safety equipment such as helmets for more advanced trips that include Class III, IV and V whitewater rapids.

Still in the process of planning your whitewater rafting adventure? Check out our top river rafting and floating trips in Grand County, and then plan the rest of your getaway with our specials on lodging and dining!