- Professional Guide, instruction, and equipment (seasonally dependent, see Wetsuit Information for added rental cost.)
- Delicious fresh meals (varies by itinerary)
- River shuttle to and from the Meet Place for your trip
What to Wear
- Athletic shoes that are lace-up or cinch-up
- Quick drying shorts to wear over swimsuit is recommended for more comfort
- Thin long-sleeve shirt and pants made out of athletic materials for additional sun protection and/or extra layering
- Special clothing items, including a wetsuit, are required on trips occurring in spring, late fall and winter, at higher flows, or in inclement weather. View wetsuit and splash jacket rental information and additional layering tips.
Do NOT Wear
- Flip-flops or open-toed sandals. This is not appropriate for rafting because open-toed shoes do not provide enough protection for your feet while in the raft or during a swim.
- "Aqua-sock" type footwear, slip-ons, or loose fitting shoes. These slip off easily in the water.
- Thick cotton clothing. When wet, cotton acts like a sponge and can keep you cool even on a fairly warm day.
What to Bring
- Personal Medicine
- Change of clothing for ride home
- Waterproof sunblock, sunglasses with strap, hat, visor (optional)
New for the 2020 Season
- Face Covering: Bring a face covering that you can wear around your neck during the trip and use when necessary. Scarves and Buff-style sleeves work well. Masks that loop around the ears, on the other hand, are liable to fall off and therefore not acceptable. If anyone in your group forgets to bring an appropriate face covering, we will have them available for purchase.
- Water Bottle & Hand Sanitizer: Bring both of these. It’s important to stay hydrated while rafting, and we don’t want to share containers this year. There also may be times when you want to apply hand sanitizer and we don’t have it available.
There is limited space available in a water-resistant bag for additional items, such as rain gear or medication, that you might need during the day (no towels, please). This bag is usually available only during the lunch stop.
Do NOT Bring
Pets, expensive watch or jewelry, cell phone, or camera without water protection. Please note that storage of wallets, and other valuables is the participant's responsibility.
Additional Items for Overnight Trips
On South Fork American overnight trips, we stay at campsites where your car is conveniently parked close to your site and bathrooms with hot showers, flush toilets, and electricity make your stay easy and comfortable. Therefore, you can bring as many items as you feel necessary for camping. Your river attire should be packed separately so you can change into it at the Meet Place or put-in.
- Pants and/or shorts
- Sweatshirt or jacket
- Dry shoes and socks, or sturdy sandals
- Sleeping bag
- Sleeping pad
- Ground cloth
- Tent (optional)
- Toiletry items
- Insect repellent
Optional items for downtime at camp:
- Deck of cards