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What To Pack

Whitewater Kayaking

The packing list below is a general overview of appropriate clothing for your whitewater kayaking adventures with First Descents. Be sure to look at your personal page for packing details specific to your program. Please contact First Descents if you have any questions regarding this packing list.

Must haves:

  • Water bottle – 32 oz preferably – no glass
    Daypack/Backpack – normal school backpack works just fine

Personal clothing for kayaking:

(The list below is based on a layering system for warmth)

  • Secure Bathing Suit
  • Wool or Synthetic Base Layer T-Shirt (optional)
  • Wool or Synthetic Base Layer Long Sleeve Shirt (optional)
  • Synthetic or wool socks (optional)
  • NO COTTON on the river

Why no cotton?

Cotton is a poor choice for outdoors activities due to its high thermal conductivity (rate of energy loss). When it gets wet, cotton allows the moisture to sit on your skin, in turn cooling you instead of keeping you warm. In other words, you don’t stay very warm or dry with cotton!

Personal clothing not for kayaking:

  • Warm, comfortable clothes, nights at the lodge may be chilly – (cotton is acceptable)
  • Rain Jacket
  • Comfortable Shoes
  • Headlamp/Flashlight

Also to consider:

  • Camera
  • Book/Journal
  • Stocking Hat/Beanie
  • Personal hygiene items, sunscreen, instant hand sanitizer, insect repellent
  • Spending money (there may be opportunities to purchase souvenirs, if you wish)

Gear for kayaking:

The outfitters will provide all the necessary kayaking gear, which will include

  • Kayak
  • Helmet
  • Life jacket

Medications:

  • Prescription and over-the-counter-medications will be self-administered. If you anticipate using any over-the-counter meds such as Motrin, Tylenol, or Benadryl, please bring them with you!

Other info:

All linens – sheets, pillow, blankets, and towels are provided – you do not need to pack these!

All food will be provided – breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert, drinks, snacks, snacks and more snacks!

 

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