Rafting and spending time outdoors requires shoes and clothing that is comfortable, if necessary, warm and layered, so you feel comfortable at any time. In the following few tips you may find a list of mandatory items "to wrap up" so you don’t forget something.
The most important things to bring:
- Pajamas or light tracksuit for sleep
- Towels for face and shower
- Cosmetics case with personal hygiene (+ moisturizing lotion, wipes, pharmaceuticals, and some insect repellent)
- Slippers for shower / beach
- Shorts for swimming or bathing suit (2 pcs)
- Cap or hat for sun protection
- Cotton socks
- Cotton shirts: short and long sleeves (2 pcs)
- Something warm for sitting beside a campfire
- Shoes / sneakers for mountain walking (required!) because in sandals and sneakers you can not hike
- In case of rain - rain jacket, waterproof clothes and shoes
- If you plan to bring your phone with you on the river, we suggest to protect it against water, shock and dust.
- Be sure to take with you documents for crossing the border Bosnia and Herzegovina / Montenegro
Any clothes that you find comfortable at home are great for camp. Shorts and a T-shirt or a casual skirt or dress for women are great for warm summer evenings. For cooler nights and mornings you may find prefer to wear light-weight pants and a long-sleeved shirt. Long-sleeved camp shirts can also double as a shirt to wear on the river to help keep the sun off of your arms.
Warm Jacket: Even in the summer, evening and mornings can be chilly. You’ll want to have a layer to wear around camp before bed and at breakfast. It often it takes the sun longer to hit some camps due to the large canyon walls. We ask that you bring a light-weight puffy jacket or warm fleece shirt.
Rain Gear: You never know if it’s going to rain, so bring a rainshell. This is also a great layer for colder temperatures. People will often wear rain pants to help keep the sun off their legs. Tops of knees are a common place for sunburn on the first day.
Camp Shoes: These could be another pair of sandals, hiking shoes, or sneakers. Anything that is comfortable, gives your feet a break from being in a wet river shoe, and protects your feet from rocks while walking around camp.
Hiking Shoes (Optional): Most people end up doing short day hikes in their river shoes. If you have a camp shoe that can double as a hiking shoe, you can save room in your bag.
Make sure to break in your river shoes if you are buying new ones for your trip. Nothing is more annoying than fresh blisters while you’re on your vacation.
For your daytime river outfit, you'll want quick-drying clothes so that you don't feel soggy all day. Wearing shorts with a lightweight long or short-sleeved shirt are great. Long-sleeves help prevent sunburn.
Some people also like to wear long under bottoms under river shorts or capri-length pants to help keep sun off of their legs. We suggest light weight base layers as they can help keep your warm if it is chilly, but also are great sun protection that isn't too hot.
River Shoes: Anything that will stay strapped to your foot and provide solid support for walking around on rocks will work.
Hat: A hat with a brim makes bright, sunny days more enjoyable and a baseball cap that fits under a helmet are perfect for paddling an inflatable kayak.
COLD WEATHER GEAR (FOR SPRING TRIPS)
For the majority of summer trips the weather is quite nice. For any trip in the Spring you'll need to bring the following extra cold-weather gear to wear in camp and on the river.
- Polypro Shirts
- Polypro Beanie
- Polypro Gloves
- Polypro Socks
- Polypro Long Underwear
- Warm Pants
- Thick Polypro/Wool or Puffy Jacket
- Shoes for walking on wet, slippery or rocky terrain