Tuesday, June 30th, 2015

Packing for a Multi-Day Rafting or Fishing Trip

What will I need and where can I buy gear for a multi-day rafting or fishing trip?

You don’t have to spend a fortune to get outfitted for an overnight trip, but you will want some essentials on hand to make your trip comfortable and safe.

It is important to remember that Montana weather can be very unpredictable. When you pack, assume the air temperature can vary from 30 to 90 degrees Fahrenheit. The best way to be prepared for these extremes is to have lots of layers, not just one big coat. Keep in mind that having the right gear can make the difference in having the wonderful experience you anticipate or a very chilling one. As a minimum you should invest in a good set of rain gear (jacket and pants). Other recommended clothing is a set of midweight long underwear, top and bottom. Avoid cotton (with the exception of your favorite comfy cotton shorts or shirt to wear in camp); you need one of the synthetics like poly-pro, capilene, polar fleece or pile. These materials are designed to keep you warm even when wet. Cotton is a wonderful, natural fiber, but even on a warm day you will be freezing if you get splashed or wet. A good pair of broken-in river shoes or water sandals with straps (like Chacos) are essential; flip flops won’t stay on your feet in swirling water (although they will give your feet a nice reprieve once you arrive in camp).

Just as important is what you won’t need on a river trip. Leave your cell phone behind; once you leave West Glacier you won’t get a signal, even if you climb to the highest mountain around. Don’t bring a plastic poncho; it won’t keep you dry from either the river or rain and it will blow and rip in the wind. Glasses or sunglasses without some sort of retainer will surely end up at the bottom of the river; the best insurance against loss is to invest in Croakies or Chums. There are no electric outlets at our river camps – leave the hairdryer and curling iron. Bring beer in cans and transfer wine or liquor to plastic or aluminum bottles; we don’t need broken glass in our rafts or along the river.

Glacier Outdoor Center is your one stop shop for all the gear you’ll need for a great trip! A quick trip around the store shows some of the products we stock.

If you want to try your hand at fishing, no need to buy your fishing outfit and pack it with you. Glacier Outdoor Center rents fly fishing rods & reels and spinning rods and we’ll help you select the best flies or lures for the rivers we fish.


For more detailed information visit the following pages on our website:

Overnight Fishing Trips

Overnight Rafting Trips

Full Packing List

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