The River Trip Packing List

From river-wear to camping gear, we’ve spent years experimenting and perfecting our packing list. These are our recommendations for items to bring, items to leave behind and how to prepare so all your gear is adventure ready.

Camp Bag

This is the bag that will hold all of your camping essentials.


The camp bag is a large roll top bag that we provide for you. During the trip this bag will likely travel on a separate boat than you, and will not be accessible during the day. It will be waiting for you at camp each afternoon. Before your trip, a guide will meet you and your group and discuss effective packing and organizing strategies. We recommend packing in a soft duffel bag with or in packing cubes/organizational bags.

The items that go in this bag are:

  • Sleeping bag, pad, and pillow (MFA Provides)

  • Camp clothes

  • Camp shoes 

  • Toiletries

Day Bag

This is the bag that will go with you on the boat every day.


The day bag is a smaller waterproof bag that will travel with you on the raft. This is where you will pack daily essential items and layers.

The items that go in this bag are:

  • Sunscreen

  • Chapsick

  • Camera

  • Raincoat/Splash Gear

  • Fleece jacket

  • Other Items such as; medications, binoculars, river map, warm hat, neoprene booties and gloves

The Check List

Keep Calm, and Pack on!

  • Bathing Suit (1-2)

  • Nylon/Quick Dry Shorts (1-2)

  • Rash Guard, Sun Hoody, Technical Long Sleeve Shirt with SPF Protection (1-2)

  • T-shirts/tanks (Combo of cotton for camp and quick dry for on the river, with at least one long sleeve quick dry for sun protection; 2-5)

  • Sun Protection (Hat with visor, Sunscreen, Chapstick, etc)

  • Insect Repellent

  • Water Bottle with a carabiner to attach to boat

  • Warm Hat & Gloves for Camp

  • River Shoes or Sandals (Chaco, Keen, Teva, Astral style shoes. No Flip Flops!)

  • Hiking Shoes/Camp Shoes

  • Day Pack (optional, for hikes)

  • Sunglasses with retention strap (recommend bringing 2 pairs, just in case)

  • Undies & Socks (Wool socks are nice; 2-5)

  • Shorts/Pants for camp (1-2)

  • Long Underwear/Layers

  • Rain Jacket and Rain Pants or Splash Gear

  • Sarong or Towel

  • Fleece or Down Jacket or Pullover

  • Headlamp

  • Reading Material/Journal

  • Camera 

  • Fishing Equipment & Idaho Fishing License (talk to us if you'd like fishing equipment &/or assistance with an Idaho Fishing License)

  • Toiletries/Medications

    • Suggestions: Wet Wipes, Kleenex; Lotion, Face Wash/Moisturizer/Toner; Deodorant, Q-tips, Brush/Comb, Hair ties, Toothbrush/Toothpaste/Floss, Shampoo/Conditioner/Body Wash, Chapsticks, Fingernail Clippers

Middle Fork Adventures Provides:

  • Wetsuits & Splash Gear

  • Personal Floatation Device (aka life jacket)

  • Big Dry Bag (Camp Bag)

  • Medium Dry Bag (Day Bag)

  • Tent 

  • Sleeping Bag & Pillow

  • Sleeping Pad & Cot

  • Camp Chair

What to Leave at Home:


While we understand hesitation about taking off your wedding ring, we would hate to have your adventure tarnished by the loss of such a valuable!

Fancy Watches

Part of the allure of these trips is that you have the rare opportunity to completely disconnect. Plus, you’re gonna get wet! Unless your watch is waterproof, we recommend leaving it at home

Anything you wouldn’t want to lose, get sandy or wet.

Pro Tips:

Our trip dates span from spring through fall, so temperatures and water levels can change dramatically trip to trip. If you have any questions about specific trip conditions, please don’t hesitate to get in touch!


MFA provides top of the line equipment for our guests. If you’d prefer to use your own, please let us know ahead of time.

If it is a liquid, pack it in a zip-lock and avoid potential in-luggage tragedies.

Think about how you typically like to dress and what you are comfortable in. 


If you have any questions! We are here to help!

happy family on Middle Fork Salmon River