It’s hot out. By that I mean really hot, several of the days in the last few weeks have been over a hundred degrees. Makes you really regret living in the middle of the desert. So, instead of sitting in front of the Tv with the a/c on, we decided to plan a river trip. Because seriously, why not sit in the river when it’s hot?
Well the final destination we decided upon will be the Goosenecks State Park in Utah, along the San Juan River. Leaving in about a week and we will be gone for about a week. The trip got me thinking about what gear I will be taking, and how it will differ from the 4×4 adventure or the normal camping trip.
Normally when you go on 4×4 trip you don’t think about some of the details, because hey, you’ve got your truck with you. “We’ll just take whatever, I’m sure we’ll be fine”. That’s what I always say, just because there is no weight limit. When packing for a river trip, you have to be very cautious about weight, also you have to keep stuff dry. very tedious stuff…
So, here are the most important things I can think of to take on a river trip versus a regular camping trip:
Sarong or similar to protect from the sun
Boat Patch Kit
Fire Method; guarenteed waterproof way to make fire, such as magnesium stick
Other flotation devices could be very helpful too.
In most cases you have to carry your own toilet as well. Rules vary, but the consensus is that a 5 gal bucket with a waterproof lid in necessary. This can be obtained from Home Depot for less that $10.
On the river you have to be concerned about distributing weight properly or the boat can become unstable. Take this into concern when packing food, don’t over do it. Plan each meal in advance. Water can be a different story, remember in the desert you wanna have at least 1 gallon per person per day. Now, you are on a river, and can possibly filter it, but treat that as a last resort. The LAST thing you need is to become sick on the river and become more dehydrated.
Those are the basics for river travel, but as in any case you have to be prepared for everything. Take essentials like your knife and plenty of water. Always plan your trip well before hand with a map and compass, and throw those in the bag as well.