Labyrinth Canyon Kayaking
Packing List

Getting ready to start packing socks and shirts into a duffel bag? Remember, this trip is entirely backcountry paddling. On the morning of day 1, you'll have time to reorganize your gear into provided dry bags. You are welcome to leave anything behind in the trailer, but we will not have access to it again until the end of day 5. We lock the van and trailer up, but it is abandoned while we are paddling so plan to bring any valuables along with you.

In anticipation for your trip, we recommend checking the weather for Green River, UT and making any necessary packing adjustments.

Bags & Packing

  • Small Packing Cubes or Stuff Sacks

    These will help keep your clothing and gear organized.


We expect to have warm and sunny days on this trip! On par with desert weather, temperatures will drop drastically once the sun goes down. Make sure your clothes can be layered together to stay warm on chilly nights. If you are on an October itinerary, consider bringing cold weather neoprene bottoms and extra layers.

  • (2-3) Synthetic T-shirts or Athletic Tops

    T-shirts or tops made for running or working out are good choices. Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. A long-sleeve, light-color, vented sun shirt may also work well.

  • (2-3) Pairs of Shorts

    Bring shorts designed for running or working out or water sports. Look for quick-drying or moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex fabrics.

  • Long Sleeve Baselayer Top

    Look for wool, Capilene, or polyester fabrics. No cotton. Don’t plan to wear this while paddling, you’ll want it to stay dry for cold nights at camp.

  • Pair of Baselayer Bottoms

    Moisture-wicking long underwear bottoms or ankle-length tights. Look for wool, Capilene, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex. No cotton. Don't plan to wear these when paddling; the seats of our sit-on-top kayaks are a bit too wet to expect these to stay dry.

  • (3-4) Pairs Athletic Underwear

    Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton. If you pack shorts with built-in liners, you can pack fewer pairs of underwear.

  • (2-3) Sports Bras

    Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton.

  • Upper Body Insulation Layer

    A warm, polyester fleece jacket or synthetic "puffy" jacket. This should be able to be worn under your rain jacket. No cotton.

  • Extra Upper Body Insulation Layer

    A lightweight polyester fleece top or other layer to add additional warmth. You should be able to wear this with all your other upper body layers.

  • Waterproof/Breathable Rain Jacket

    A lightweight hard shell you can wear over your other upper body layers. You can also substitute a paddle jacket.

  • Casual Clothing for Travel
  • Waterproof/Breathable Rain Pants

    These provide obvious protection from precipitation but can also be worn as an extra lower body layer over baselayers on cold nights.

  • Long Sleeve Neoprene Top

    0.5 to 1 mm suggested. This provides warmth while paddling - even if wet.

  • Full-Length Neoprene Bottoms
    Optional, But Recommended

    These provide warmth when paddling - even if wet. 0.5 to 2 mm thickness suggested. If we experience a cold snap, we'll be glad to have lower body insulation that remains warm when wet.

Hand, Neck, and Headwear

While we expect our days to be warm and sunny, we are in the desert, so temperatures drop drastically at night. Pack enough warmies to stay comfortable if there is a cold snap, especially if your itinerary is in October.

  • Hat with Brim
  • Knit Hat

    A wool, synthetic knit, or fleece hat for cool nights

  • Lightweight Gloves

    Pack fleece, Power Stretch, or other gloves made for running or for use as a medium-weight liner.

  • Paddling Gloves
    Optional, But Recommended

    Keep those blisters at bay!

  • Buff

    Use for warmth, or to keep the sun off your neck, weather depending


While you'll mostly be sporting your water shoes for this trip, on day 4 we do a short hike from the water's edge. We don't recommend wearing water shoes or sandals for this hike. Bring along a light, packable running or hiking shoe that you are comfortable wearing as a camp shoe as well as doing this hike in. We don’t recommend bringing hiking boots along for the river portion of the trip. These can be difficult to fit in dry bags.

  • River Sandals or Water Shoes

    Footwear is required while kayaking. Bring either sport sandals with ankle straps (like Chacos or Tevas) or water shoes (like KEENs). Flip flops are not acceptable.

  • Pair of Hiking Shoes, Running Shoes or Trail Runners

    Plan to throw these either in a dry bag or directly in your boat. A lighter weight and more packable shoe is advantageous. You’ll wear these as camp shoes as well as on a short hike on day 4.

  • (2-3) Pairs of Wool Hiking Socks/Athletic Socks

    We recommend sticking to purpose-built, medium-weight hiking socks from companies like Darn Tough and Smart Wool.

  • A Pair of Warm Socks for Sleeping
  • Neoprene Socks

    These will keep your feet warm when wet. They come in handy for cold mornings on October itineraries.


  • Sleeping Bag

    Bring a mummy-cut, backpacking-style sleeping bag rated for 20-degrees Fahrenheit, or colder. Bring a sleeping bag that's highly compressible. Avoid large, heavy, roll-up-only sleeping bags because they may be too bulky to fit in the dry bags we use on the water.

  • LED Headlamp and Spare Set of Batteries

    Headlamps with an optional red light won't blind your fellow adventurers or ruin your night vision.

  • (1-2) Water Bottles

    Minimum of 1 liter carrying capacity. Pick bottles with a screw-top lid that covers the areas your mouth contacts. A Nalgene-brand bottle is a good choice.

  • Camping/Travel Pillow

    A compressible or inflatable camping pillow makes nights more comfortable.

  • Sleeping Bag Liner

    Nights are likely to be significantly colder if your itinerary is in October. If you are worried about your sleeping bag not being warm enough, having a liner packed is a great way to stay warm.

Personal Care

We recommend taking a stripped-down version of your personal care/toiletry items. Shoot for travel-sized items and repack liquids into anti-leak small containers. Our guides recommended the Nalgene travel bottles.

  • Sunglasses with Strap
  • Sunscreen

    Pack at least 4oz of sunscreen. Guides recommend at least SPF 30 Small containers work better than larger ones. No aerosol spray cans, please.

  • Lip Balm with SPF
  • 2oz Bottle of Hand Sanitizer

    It’s handy to have your own personal hand sanitizer that can either live in your tent, coat pocket, or PFD pocket.

  • Toiletries

    Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, lotion, moisturizer with SPF, brush/comb, ear plugs, etc.

  • Any Medications You Take
  • Menstrual Hygiene Supplies

    Menstrual Hygiene Supplies Tampons, Diva Cup, or pads. Pack 50% more supplies than you expect to need.

  • Spare Glasses or Contact Lenses
  • Bathing Body/Face Wipes
    Optional, But Recommended
  • Small Microfiber Towel


  • Guide Gratuity

    Please consider rewarding hard work and excellent service with a guide gratuity at the end of the adventure.

  • Personal Reading Materials
  • Notebook and Pen
  • Portable Charger Battery Pack
  • Phone Charging Cord

Provided by Bad Adventures

  • Kayak & Paddle

    15 to 16-foot sit-on-top touring kayak.

  • Personal Flotation Device

    Our life jackets (PFDs) have pockets. Ooh la la!

  • Dry Bags

    These help keep your personal gear and clothing dry while we paddle.

  • Tent

    Sturdy, dome-style backpacking tent. Prefer to share a tent? Contact us.

  • Camping Mattress

    A comfy, inflatable camping mattress makes nights restful.

  • Stove & Cookware

    We'll pack all the necessary backcountry cooking gear.

  • Dinnerware

    Bowls, plates, utensils, and mugs. You can leave that rusty old spork at home!

  • Camp Chair

    Our camp furniture is comfy, collapsible, and fire engine red.

  • Group Gear

    Medical kit, satellite phone, emergency equipment, and more.

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