Ceiba’s Recommendations for Basic Necessities

The list below highlights our recommended gear for your journey down river. It is impossible to perfect a list of things to bring–each day in the desert environment is different and brings its own set of challenges. Please consider what will be important to you and pack accordingly!

Raingear: Rain jacket or a well fitted paddling jacket and pants are a necessity, not only for rain, but also for shedding water in the rapids. Don’t skimp on the cost of nice rain gear. A lightweight jacket is nice to take hiking as well.

Long Pants: Lightweight, nylon, airy pants, especially for sun protection. Quick-drying khakis or surgical scrubs are ideal. A pair of heavy long pants are nice for warmth in cool weather.

Shorts: Casual everyday nylon fast drying shorts are a must on the river.

Shirts: Nylon is recommended, along with several long sleeved shirts for sun protection. Bring one warm long-sleeved shirt as well. In summer, cotton is great for keeping you cool when it’s wet. Check out your local thrift store for these great shirts!

Jacket: This should be of a synthetic fabric that dries quickly, with pockets for your hands.

Socks: Wool or synthetic blends are recommended.

Footwear: One pair of tennis shoes, one pair of lightweight hiking boots & one pair of flip flops or sandals (Teva and Chaco are favorites). Wetsuit socks are nice to use on the inside of your tennis shoes for the river.

Headwear: A wide brimmed, lightweight sunhat is highly recommended. A wool beanie is a must as well.

Gloves: Warm Gloves, lightweight sun gloves, or even hiking gloves.

Long Underwear: At least two pair of capilene underwear (tops and bottoms) are recommended on the river. There are different weights to choose from: light, medium or expedition depending on the time of year. These are a great base layer in camp or on the river.

Bathing suits: For swimming in side streams and bathing in the river.

Sleep Kit: This should include sleeping bag, sheet, sleeping pad, tarp and pillow. A sheet is key during the hot months. These items are available to rent from Ceiba!

Tent: A 3-season tent is highly recommended to bring along or rent from Ceiba. Most nights you’ll likely want to sleep out under the stars!

Toilet kit: Should include a small towel and washcloth, toothbrush and paste, hairbrush, shampoo, soap, mirror, tweezers, etc. Lotion/salve is essential for dry & chapped skin.

Water bottle: Two one-liter bottles are nice. Bring extras if you plan on doing long hikes.

Sunglasses/Prescription Lenses: Bring a sunglasses case, a retaining strap, and if relevant, spare prescription glasses or contact lenses.

Sunscreen: Please bring plenty of sunscreen.

Headlamp & Spare Batteries: A headlamp is invaluable, a must! We recommend bringing two.

Carabiners: Nice to have a couple for clipping water bottles and miscellaneous items on to your load (boatmen especially).

Tupper ware: This option is great for left overs and packed lunches.

Recommended Gear for Fall through Spring Trips (October – April)
In addition to the items above, the following things should be included:

  • One pair of wet suit booties.
  • One pile or wool hat
  • One pair of pile or wool gloves
  • One pair of pile pants
  • Drysuits, especially for passengers on winter trips. Rentals are available through Kayak Academy or Pacific River Supply.
  • Rubber boots are a must for winter! Your dry, warm toes will thank you at camp
  • Paddle jacket / Paddle pants
  • Comfortable cotton clothes to wear in camp
  • One extra set of synthetic underwear (mid-weight)
  • One extra pile top
  • Two to three extra pairs of socks
  • Extra headlamp batteries

Optional Items:

  • Waterproof guidebook of the river – available at Ceiba!
  • Your personal life jacket: must be a Type III or V (we rent Type V life jackets and they are included in the Whole Shabang!)
  • Small binoculars
  • Musical instrument
  • Pocket knife
  • Small roll of duct tape (although please no duct tape on rental gear)
  • Ziploc bags (included with a Ceiba food pack)
  • Liquor (plastic bottles)
  • Thermos (cooler months)
  • Camera (lots of memory/batteries)
  • Music playing device, bluetooth speaker, chargers/batteries
  • Waterproof case for electronics or other valuables
  • External battery pack/charger for small electronics