Rafts are great for carrying all kinds of gear, and the river industry has perfected the kinds of amenities that we all like to have on our camping trip. Expect portable tables, comfy camp chairs, real dinnerware, real utensils, wine glasses, a full traveling kitchen, and a grand tarp for cover and shade, at each campsite.
If you haven’t ever been camping, or it’s been a long time since your boy scout or girl scout camp-outs, you are in for a real treat with an Idaho Afloat river camping vacation. We provide the tents, sleeping bags, sleeping pads and our guides will set them up for you each day upon arrival to camp.
Tents are roomy 2 person Alp Mountaineering Outfitter tents with rain fly and plenty of room for gear. Our sleeping pads are “Paco Pads”. These pads are the best for river trips: they are comfortably thick, fabulously large (not for backpackers! ) and easily carried on our gear rafts.
Guests ask us about how to handle recharging batteries, are there showers, what about bathrooms, etc. Please see our Rafting FAQs for more information on these.
Meals on our Idaho Afloat river trips are exceptional! Our guides love to share their outdoor cooking skills and offer up gourmet meals, lovely appetizers, refreshing beverages, and delicious desserts on all our trips. Here are some examples of what you can expect on your trip:
Breakfast Examples: Choice of Continental Breakfast (fresh fruit, cereal, pastries/breads), Scromlets, and Walnut Pancakes, bottomless cups of robust, fair trade coffees, teas, and hot chocolate.
Lunch Examples: Hearty Deli Sandwiches with a variety of salads, Pasta Salad, Chicken Caesar Salad, Three Bean Salad, Taco Salad. Hot and cold beverages.
Appetizers: (Delightfully served upon arrival to camp each afternoon!) Fresh Vegetables and Dip, Shrimp Cocktail, Spinach Rolls, Cheese and Fruit assortments, wine, beer, and hot and cold non-alcoholic beverages.
Dinner Examples: Sizzling Fajitas and salad, Grilled Steak and Pork Chops, Roast Potatoes, fresh garden salads, Korean Ribs w/ spinach salad and Cornbread, Steak & Pasta with Romain Salad, Cranberry Chicken w/ Steamed Veggies and salad, Steak & Penne Pasta, Mahi Mahi w/ Mango Salsa and Salad.
Dessert Examples: Dutch Oven Brownies, River Smash, Dutch Oven Spice Cake, Strawberry shortcake, Cheese cake, Dutch Oven Cobblers
What to bring, (and perhaps more importantly, what you do not need to bring!)
This list below is for 3 days in July and August. The same items are recommended for May and June, but since it can be a little cooler and a little wetter, be sure to also bring wool or fleece socks, pants, and jackets (quick dry materials) and poly-pro long underwear. For the 4-6 Day Trips, add maybe a couple more items, but remember that on the river you want to pack light and can wear the same thing several times. You can always rinse clothes in the river and quickly air-dry them, thanks to the dry, hot Idaho summer climate.
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*Bring along a pillow slip. The camp pillows are small and the pillow slip can be stuffed with additional clothes for more comfort.
Quick dry material is recommended for the river. Cotton material is fine for camp, but not for the river. River sandals will certainly make you more comfortable but are not mandatory. Tevas with tread or look a likes are recommended. Flip Flops are not recommended. You should also have a pair of tennis shoes or light hiking shoes for around camp or on hikes to see the country side. You do need to make sure all your gear weighs 35 lbs. or less and will fit in an 18″ X 34″ waterproof duffel bag.
You must have an Idaho fishing license if you intend to fish. Daily fishing license can be be purchased from the Idaho Fish & Game online. There will also be an opportunity to purchase them locally on the way to the launch site.