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. Some itineraries qualify for the Duffel Service which allows for your things to be transported by Mule. In this case a duffel/gym bag is required.

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