TIPS ON WHAT TO BRING,NOT TO BRING, TO WEAR AND RIVER SAFETY
It is important to know what you can bring and can’t bring in order to make your trip one to remember. If you follow these few simple steps you will have a great time and make memories that will last a lifetime.
We will provide every person with a life vest. Make sure that the vest fits
correctly and that you are familiar with the vest and its use before you begin your
Bring a good pair of water shoes or old tennis shoes. If you wear flip flops, chances are you will probably lose at least one if not both down the river. Good water shoes will keep your feet protected from the sharp rocks and edges you may encounter along the way.
Appropriate hot weather clothing includes shorts and or swimsuit. Showers or thunder storms could develop anytime and a poncho or light rain wear is always a good idea. On the other hand, it is extremely easy to get a sunburn on the river even on hazy cool days so don’t forget your sunscreen. There is nothing worse than a sunburn that could have been prevented. Make sure you pack plenty of waterproof sunscreen and a hat. Being on the water will intensify your exposure to the sun even on an overcast day. When the weather is cool wear light layers. Always bring a dry change of clothing and shoes to change into following your trip. Any extra clothing taken on your trip should be packed into water proof bags or containers.
Don’t forget your dry bag or box. These are great to store all those valuable things you don’t want to get wet such as phones and cameras and of course your dry clothes. Cameras should be taken on your river trip only if you can keep them in waterproof containers or if they are waterproof or underwater cameras. Garbage bags may be used but they should be doubled.
Water tight buckets with lids and coolers also work well.
Bring plenty of drinking water and soft drinks or juices as to keep yourself hydrated. Never bring glass containers on the river, it is prohibited as per Missouri Statute 306.325. Although alcohol is permitted in moderate amounts for those of legal drinking age; alcohol is not recommended for your own safety. Bring a good, secure cooler that isn’t going to leak for storing all your beverages and food. Remember NO Styrofoam of any kind is allowed on the Missouri waterways. Lunch and or snacks should be placed in small coolers to keep them dry. These coolers should have attached lids. Avoid foods that need to be cooked.
- LITTER AND VALUABLES: Protect your valuables by leaving them at home. Lock any valuables you did
bring in your car and out of sight. We cannot be responsible for lost or stolen
items. If you need to take wallets and other valuables on the river they should be
kept in waterproof zip lock bags and all containers with valuables should be tied
into your canoe or raft. Also tied into your canoe or raft should be the litter bags
that are provided for you. That way should you capsize the litter will remain in
your bag instead of in the river.
- FIRST AID: To be on the safe side pack a first aid kit.
- Eyeglasses should be worn with floating eyeglass cords or straps.
- Make sure your car keys are in a secure and safe place.
- Fishing Licenses are required for everyone 16 years of age and older.