Rafting Trip Packing List for Grand Canyon Adventure

Every raft trip (full/partial/motor/non-motor) will have a specific packing list per the outfitter, and this will be provided once your trip has been decided on. Below is a video as well as a general rafting trip packing list which will give you a good idea of what you currently have and what you will need to purchase for your rafting adventure.

Prepare A Rafting Trip Packing List


Partial Canyon trips which requires a hike up or down the bright angel trail, and a comfortable backpack is required as you will likely need to carry all of your clothing and hygiene products with you. Bright Angel Trail, and therefore a duffel/gym bag is recommended.

IconClothing Upper Body

  • Rain Jacket – with wrist, neck or hood neoprene enclosures to keep water out recommended
  • T-shirts – Cotton – to wet and keep cool during side canyon hikes
  • T-shirts – Quick Dry/Polyester blend to wick sweat when wanting to stay dry
  • Long sleeve lightweight shirts (sun protection & extra warmth)

IconClothing Lower Body

  • Rain Pants – with neoprene enclosure at ankles and waist to keep water out recommended
  • Long, lightweight pants (sun protection extra warmth)
  • Nylon shorts – any quick drying fabric
  • Swimsuit (2 piece for women works best – synthetic board shorts for men)

IconHead, Hands & Feet

  • Warm socks – wool or fleece
  • Hiking socks
  • 1 pair thick-soled deck shoes, preferably with toe protection (need to be quick drying)
  • 1 pair lightweight hiking shoes/boots
  • Lip balm Moisturizing lotion/cream for hands/body/face
  • Sunscreen
  • Pre-moistened towelettes/handy wipes
  • Hat with large brim to cover ears & hat retention strap
  • 1-2 sunglasses & chums (sunglass retainers)


  • Small towel, microfiber recommended to dry after bathing
  • Headlamp with extra batteries
  • Camera with water proof shell, extra batteries
  • 2 one-quart water bottles
  • 2 full size locking carabiners
  • Day pack small enough to fin inside your day-dry bag which is supplied


  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Biodegradable soap
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste
  • Moisturizer for face/hands/body
  • Tampons
  • Prescription medications – 2 full courses, 1 for trip leader to