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Packing List & Beverage Orders

After many years of river running, we have honed down our packing list to a select fewriver camp items for our multi-day trips. We stock many of these items in our Boathouse Shop (bolded items) which you can purchase prior to your trip. Download our Packing List here.

We allow guests to bring alcohol on our trips. We provide an ordering service for our multi-day trips only (place orders no later than 2 weeks prior to your trip). To purchase* beer, wine, hard cider, and hard seltzer through WWRE, visit this link: Beverage Order Form

Personal Items

  • Water Bottle (vacuum water bottles work great)
  • Sun Block (tip: bring a ziplock to keep sun block in for hot river days)
  • Sun Glasses
  • Eyeglass Holders (e.g. Croakies)
  • Backup Prescription Eye Glasses/extra contacts
  • Chapstick with SPF
  • Moisturizing Lotion
  • Personal Meds
  • Camera (waterproof or in a waterproof case)
    • If using your phone as a camera, airplane mode helps your battery last longer
  • A Good Book
  • Flashlight/Headlamp
  • Small Pillow
  • Sleeping Bag/Cotton Sheet (for hot summer nights) (if you need a sleeping bag, we can provide them)
  • Gloves for Paddling (for kayak or paddle raft)
  • Toiletries
  • Biodegradable Camp Soap
  • Small Camp Towel
  • Liquor/Beer/Wine (order beer and wine from us on our Beverage Order Form)


  • Fleece Jacket
  • Rain Suit or poncho
  • Swimming Wear
  • Long Pants (quick dry suggested)
  • Long Sleeve Shirts (quick dry suggested)
  • Hiking Shorts (quick dry suggested)
  • Short Sleeve Shirts (quick dry suggested)
  • River Sandals (Sandals you can get wet. Guide choice = Chacos)
  • Low-key Hiking Shoes (like tennis shoes)
  • Socks
  • Sun Hat and Warm Knit Hat

A few fun optional items to consider

  • Camping Hammock
  • Leatherman Tool
  • Swimming Goggles/Snorkel Gear
  • Binoculars
  • Star Gazing Guide
  • Playing Cards
  • Musical Instrument (we have a guitar bag)

Things not to bring

  • Electronics (games, etc.)
  • Expensive Jewelry
  • Both Winding Waters in Joseph and the Quality Inn in Clarkston provide storage for valuables in safes.

Beware: Almost all of our guests leave telling us that they brought way too much stuff.

Gear Winding Waters Provides

Winding Waters River Expeditions uses the best equipment available in the industry. Through product testing and guest feedback, our gear is selected to provide the safest and most comfortable river experience for you. Visit our Boat Fleet page to read descriptions of our boats.

  • Large (left) and Small Personal Dry BagsOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA
  • Large Bag Dimensions: 4.5 cu. ft. (127 liters); 18″ diameter by 31″ high
  • Small Bag Dimensions: 0.8 cu. ft. (22 liters); 10″ diameter by 20″ high

See bag packing note below

A note on packing dry bags: Each guest receives one large dry bag and one small dry bag. The large dry bag, which will be accessible in camp, is for personal gear you will not need during the day (this bag rides on the gear boat). The small “Day Bag” remains with you during the day. We recommend guests pack their gear prior to the trip in a duffle bag which can fit inside of the large dry bag. Keep in mind your sleeping bag and pillow will also join your duffle in this bag. Each guest receives these bags at the pre-trip meeting the night before your launch.

  • Personal Floatation Devices: NRS Big Water V
  • Adult and youth sizes available
  • Sleeping Pad: Aire Landing Pad
  • 78″ x 24″ x 3″
  • Our guests love them!!
  • Sleeping Bags: Alps 20 degree (let us know if you need one)
  • Tents: Alps 3-season, 3-4 person tents
  • 2 guests maximum per tent
  • WWRE provides a full-service river kitchen
  • We prepare delicious meals in our kitchens!
  • Camp Chairs: Alps
  • Each guest receives a complimentary WWRE coffee mug