Packing List:
Rocky Mountain Kayaking & Backpacking

Bags & Packing

  • Soft-Sided Duffle Bag

    You’ll want a bag to leave behind with gear and clothing you don’t take into the backcountry. A medium-size duffle bag works best.

  • Small Stuff Sacks or Packing Cubes

    It’s nice to be able to keep your clothing and gear organized.

  • optional “Backpacking” Backpack

    A pack with 60 to 80-liters of volume works well for this trip. You’re welcome to bring your own backpack or use a provided one. Please let us know if you’re bringing your own backpack so we can load for the adventure accordingly.

  • Day Pack or Summit Pack

    Bring a small daypack that can carry water, a snack, and rain jacket for our day hike on the second day.


  • (3-4) Synthetic T-Shirts, Tanks, or Athletic Tops

    Bad Adventure Company t-shirts or tops made for running or working out are good choices. Stick to moisture-wicking fabrics. No cotton.

  • (2–3) Pairs of Shorts

    Bring shorts designed for running or working out. Look for moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex fabrics. No cotton.

  • Pair of Hiking Pants or Full-Length Athletic Bottoms

    Nylon hiking pants are a good choice. Zip-off pants that turn into shorts rarely look flattering, but often work well!

  • Long Sleeve Baselayer Top

    Look for wool, Capilene, or polyester fabrics. No cotton.

  • Pair of Baselayer Bottoms

    Moisture-wicking long underwear bottoms or ankle-length tights made for training/running. Look for wool, Capilene, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex. No cotton.

  • (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

    (If applicable.) Stick to synthetic or wool fabrics. No cotton.

  • Swim Suit

    The hot springs are calling!

  • Upper Body Insulation Layer

    Bring a thick polyester fleece jacket or a “puffy” jacket. This should be able to fit under your rain jacket.

  • Upper Body Light Insulation Layer

    A lightweight polyester fleece top or other layer to add additional warmth. This should also be able to be worn with all your other upper body layers. No cotton.

  • Waterproof/Breathable Rain Jacket

    A lightweight hard shell you can wear over your other upper body layers.

  • Casual Clothing for Travel

Hand, Neck, and Headwear

  • Hat with a Brim

    A baseball hat, visor, or sun hat.

  • 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.

  • optional Buff

    A multi-purpose piece of neck and headwear that our guides recommend.


  • Pair of Backpacking Boots

    Choose waterproof/breathable boots with ankle support made for carrying a backpacking load. Make sure these fit well with the socks you plan to use on the trail. Also, be aware that feet tend to swell over the course of an adventure. It’s best if your boots are already broken-in when you arrive for the adventure.

  • Pair of River Sandals or Water Shoes

    Bring either sport sands with ankle straps (like Chacos or Tevas) or water shoes. Flip flops are not acceptable.

  • Shoes for Camp

    Pack a pair of sneakers, crocs, or other camp shoes. A lighter weight and more packable shoe is advantageous. If you have a lot of backpacking experience and prefer to omit bringing a camp shoe, that’s OK by us!

  • (2) Pairs of Wool Backpacking Socks

    Stick to purpose-built, medium-weight backpacking socks from companies like Darn Tough and Smart Wool.

  • Pair of Athletic Socks

    For use with your camp shoes. Using a camp shoe that doesn’t require a sock? Feel free to omit these.

Personal Care

  • Sunglasses

  • Sunscreen

    Pack at least 3oz of sunscreen. Our guides recommend SPF 30. Smaller containers work better than larger ones. No aerosol spray cans, please.

  • Lip Balm with SPF

  • 2oz Bottle of Hand Sanitizer

  • Toiletries

    Toothbrush, toothpaste, dental floss, soap, shampoo, conditioner, face wash, lotion, moisturizer with SPF, brush/comb, etc. Smaller, lighter containers are better for backpacking!

  • Small Microfiber Camp Towel

  • Any Medications You Take

  • (1–2) Bandanas

  • Menstrual Hygiene Supplies

    (If applicable.) Tampons, Diva Cup, or pads. Pack 50% more supplies than you expect to need.

  • Spare Glasses or Contact Lenses

    (If applicable)

  • optional Insect Repellent

    Look for the active ingredient DEET. Ben’s brand is packaged well for backcountry travel. No aerosol sprays.


  • Sleeping Bag

    Bring a mummy-cut backpacking-style sleeping bag. We suggest a packing a bag with a 15 to 20-degree Fahrenheit temperature rating.

  • optional Sleeping Bag Liner

    If you tend to get cold easily, consider packing a sleeping bag liner.

  • optional Personal Backpacking Gear

    Have your own gear? Feel free to pack your own 3-season tent, camping mattress, etc. Unless you tell us otherwise, we’ll assume that you’re using the gear we provide, though.

  • LED Headlamp and Spare Set of Batteries

  • (1–2) Water Bottles

    If you pack a hydration bladder, you only need to pack one water bottle. Otherwise, pack two.

  • optional Hydration Reservoir / Bladder System

    Recommended. If you bring a hydration reservoir system you only need to bring one water bottle.

Other Items

  • $40 to $50 Cash

    For hot springs admission and our lunches at Grand Lake Lodge on the final day of the trip.

  • optional Guide Gratuity

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

  • optional Notebook and Pen

Provided by Bad Adventures

  • Kayaks & Paddling Gear

    Sit-on-top touring kayaks, paddles, and lifejackets

  • Dry Bags

    To protect your personal on-water gear

  • Backpacks

    Use an included “backpacking” backpack or bring your own.

  • Tents

    Sturdy, dome-style backpacking tents.

  • Camping Mattresses

    Inflatable camping mattresses make nights more comfortable.

  • Bear Canisters

  • Group Gear

    Medical kit, satellite phone, navigation supplies, and more

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