- Raingear outfit with hat or
hood. Paddling dry
top and pants provide dryness and wind resistance.
- Boots for camp and
clothes for wet changes.
- Sunglasses (polarized reduces
reflection and lets you see down into the water) with
- Helmet for
whitewater trips (you are required to wear a helmet on some rivers. e.g.
- Flashlight (and batteries) for those
late night trips into the woods.
- Straps for glasses, unless you want a
new pair from the insurance company.
- Shorts expose your legs to bugs
- Waterproofing system for clothing and
sleeping gear, e.g. barrel, Seal-line dry bags and plastic garbage
AVOID COTTON CLOTHING as
it is cold and heavy when wet, has no insulating quality and dries slowly
or never on the trip. Polyester is better, nylon is even better and quick
dry fabric is the best (and the most expensive but you get what you pay
- Warm hat
in cool weather- wool or fleece toque for all day and all
- Gloves -
neoprene is best but wool will do. Slipperiness of gloves on paddle can be
reduced with rubber nubs.
- River Boots - neoprene with thick
soles are warm and lightweight.
- Socks: Gortex (keep feet dry and add
some warmth) or wool (do not keep feet dry but add
fleece (Polartec) is light weight, scrunchable, quick-drying insulation
(even when wet).
- Polypropylene underwear and more warm