Packing List:
Utah Kayaking & Arches Hiking

Bags & Packing

  • (1-2) Soft-Sided Duffel Bag(s)

    Stick to small to medium-size duffle(s). Shoot to fit all your clothing and personal gear inside.

  • Hiking Daypack

    A pack with 10 to 30-liters of volume works well for this trip. You need space for layers, trail snacks, water, and odds and ends. We suggest using a daypack that works well with a hydration bladder.

  • optional Small Stuff Sacks or Small Packing Cubes

    These help keep your clothing and gear organized.


  • (3-4) Synthetic T-Shirts, Tanks, 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. Loose or compression fit. Look for moisture-wicking nylon, polyester, nylon/spandex, or polyester/spandex fabrics. A pair of nylon hiking pants may also 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.

  • Upper Body Insulation Layer

    A 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.

  • Casual Clothing for Travel

  • optional Waterproof/Breathable Rain Pants

  • optional Long Sleeve Neoprene Top and Full-Length Bottoms - 0.5 to 1 mm suggested.

    These provide warmth while paddling - even if wet.

Hand, Neck, and Headwear

  • (2) Cloth Face Masks

  • 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 suggest.


  • Pair of Hiking Shoes or Boots

    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 shoes 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.

  • Pair of Sneakers, Running Shoes, Trail Runners, or Light Hiking Shoes

    You’ll use these as camp shoes. A lighter weight and more packable shoe is advantageous.

  • (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.

Personal Care

  • Sunglasses with Strap

  • Sunscreen

    Pack at least 4oz of sunscreen. Our guides recommend SPF 30. Smaller containers work better than larger ones. No aerosol spray cans.

  • 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.

  • Small Microfiber Camp Towel

  • Any Medications You Take

  • 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 (1-2) Bandanas

  • optional Insect Repellent

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

  • optional Bathing / Body Wipes


  • Sleeping Bag

    Bring a mummy-cut backpacking-style sleeping bag rated for 20-degrees Fahrenheit.

  • LED Headlamp and Spare Set of Batteries

  • (1-2) Water Bottles

    Minimum of 32oz volume. Pick a bottle with a screw-top lid that covers the areas your mouth contacts. A Nalgene-brand bottle is a good choice. If you pack a hydration bladder, you only need to pack one water bottle. Otherwise, pack two.

  • optional Hydration Reservoir / Bladder System

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

  • optional Sleeping Bag Liner

  • optional Camping/Travel Pillow

    A compressible or inflatable camping pillow can make nights more comfortable.

Other Items

  • $40-$50 Cash

    For an optional shower in Moab, dinner on day 4, and lunch on day 6.

  • Guide Gratuity

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

  • optional Notebook and Pen

  • optional Paperback Book

  • optional Small, Point-And-Shoot Camera

Provided by Bad Adventures

  • Kayaks & Paddles

    We provide 16-foot sit-on-top touring kayaks.

  • Personal Flotation Device (Life Jacket)

    Want to bring your own? No problem! Just let us know before your trip.

  • Tents & Tent Stakes

    Sturdy, dome-style backpacking tents.

  • Camping Mattresses

    Inflatable camping mattresses make nights more comfortable. You may also bring your own. Just let us know before your trip.

  • Stoves & Cookware

    We cover the stoves, fuel, pots, pans, and utensils!

  • Dinnerware

    We have bowls, plates, sporks, and mugs. You can leave that rusty old spork at home!

  • Dry Bags

    We provide enough dry bags to protect all your personal on-water gear.

  • Camp Chair

    Enjoy sandbar camping in comfort!

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