Equipment and clothing list for rafting

Important! All gear and personal items which you take for rafting trip must to be well protected from water and moisture. You can use waterproof stuff sacks or just trash bags especially for your clothes, sleeping bag, documents and others.

Take for your rafting trip at least 2 sets of clothes!

Clothes you wear on the river. Try to avoid all cotton items, as cotton gets cold when wet, synthetics are better. Bring T-shirt, shorts or lightweight pants, swimming suit and do not forget sun protection (sunglasses, hats, sun block). On your feet, wear old tennis shoes (that you don’t mind getting wet) or sandals that latch around the ankle. For colder or rainy weather it’s good to have warm clothing such as: sweater, jacket and pants.

Set of dry clothes for the campsite. You will need change of clothes or two for camp, including warm layers and dry shoes. Bring with you: t-shirts, sweater, lightweight jacket, pants, socks, underwear and extra shoes (sandals or sneakers).

Below is the recommended list of items and equipment necessary for your Dnister river adventure:  

       * - essential items
(rent) - items you can rent with us
 

Item

Features

Backpack*
(rent)

You will need tourist backpack or regular big size travel bag to store your clothes, some personal items and all equipment you will need during the trip.

 

Tent*
(rent)

Tent

What to look for in a tent: 

  • quality: good waterproof flysheet coverage and tent floor, two or more poles for stability in wind;
  • size and weight: look for the lightest tent available, that meets your size requirements such as number of people and equipment. It’s a plus when the tent has vestibule areas for gear storage.

Sleeping bag*
(rent)

Sleeping bag

Usually at night is pretty warm along the river canyon. So, the best option is summer season or three-season sleeping bag with the temperature of comfort +10 – 0°C (50 – 32°F).

Sleeping mat*
(rent)

Sleeping mat

An air or foam mat will not only help you to sleep more comfortable on hard or uneven ground, but will also provide insulation, preventing body heat from being lost through contact with the ground. It also acts as a barrier between your body and moisture that may have seeped inside your tent.

Sitting mat
(rent)

Sitting mat

Will help to keep you warm, dry and comfortable when sitting out during your short walking trips or at the campsite. You can use either air or foam sitting mat.

Kitchen set*
(rent)

Kitchen set

Your kitchen set should contain: a spoon, a bowl and a cup, preferably heatproof, lightweight and robust. Choose heatproof plastic or metal. More expensive, but extremely durable and light is titanium material. Insulated cup will keep your drink hot in cold weather.

Water bottle*

bottle

If you prefer to have your personal water bottle, you can take it. Choose lightweight bottle, 1L or 30oz will be enough. You can use plastic or aluminum bottle or just a regular soda bottle.

Knife*

knife

 

A good knife is only useful if it is sharp. Which one is better: normal (hunting or army) knife or multifunctional tool? Many tourists prefer the second one. Usually multipurpose pocket knife includes: blade, can opener, corkscrew, scissors etc. Around camp your knife handles many chores (from slicing cheese to cutting small pieces of wood for fire).

Flashlight*
(rent)

light
Flashlight is helpful at a campsite when it’s dark. The best design for tourist is a headlamp that frees up your hands and allows you to direct your light where you need it. Always remember to take spare batteries for your flashlight.

Personal gear*

gear
Personal kit contents will vary and depend on your personal needs, the basic are: toothpaste and toothbrush, toilet paper, soap, small comb, face/hand cream, hygienic wipes, sunscreen, lip balm, insect repellent, contacts/glasses and feminine hygienic products – for women.

First aid kit*

first aid kit

During the trip your safety is number one, that’s why proper completed First aid kit is essential to have with. Kit contents:

  • bandage (gauze)
  • medicine tape
  • rubbing alcohol for disinfection
  • moleskin (for blisters)
  • cotton balls
  • scissors
  • pain killers
  • antibiotic
  • cold tablets
  • stomach medicine
  • personal prescription drugs

Dry sacks*

dry sacks
To keep your extra clothes dry or to protect your electronic equipment, money, documents and food from moisture, you will need a waterproof sack. The best option – nylon dry sack with buckle. If you do not have one, you can use ziplock bags or just ordinary trash bags.

Mobile phone

phone
Being out of home is very important to keep in touch with your family and friends. So take your mobile phone with you. As addition you will get clock, alarm clock, music, camera, some mobile phones even have GPS. Before you leave home, make sure your phone battery is full charged, always keep your mobile phone in dry place.

Watch

watch
Always be in time! A watch will help you to organize your time during travelling. Better if it is waterproof. Some watches have timer, alarm clock, compass, time zones, which is very useful when you are travelling.

Camera

camera
Taking photos is an excellent way to record the places you have visited on your trips. To protect your camera you should carry it in a waterproof and durable camera bag. Always have spare batteries for your camera and extra film (for film cameras).

Passport (personal documents)*

passport
Travelling outside your country you must have ID (passport). You will need to present your photo ID at the airport, railway/bus stations, crossing national parks etc. Check with your embassy if you need a visa or special permission to visit Ukraine.

Money*

money
You should have enough money for your travelling needs. Calculate all expenses that you might have during your trip: transportation, extra food, rafting tour, souvenirs etc.

Notepad and pen

note
Very useful to have a small notepad in your trip just in case you’ll have to note some information or even to write down phone numbers and addresses of your new friends.

Sunglasses

sunglasses
Sunglasses will protect your eyes from the bright sun.

Hat*

hat
A baseball hat is great for keeping the sun off. Better synthetic, than cotton one. Get with you wool or fleece hat also to wear if the weather gets cold.

Jacket*

jacket
More travellers prefer lightweight waterproof and wind resistance jacket. Very good if it has adjustable hood. Breathable fabric like Gore-Tex will be the best choice. This fabric keeps rain out and allows water vapor from sweat to escape.

Rain cover*
(rent)

raincover
For extremely wet weather you’ll need a rain cover with a hood.

Pullover*

pullover
You will need pullover for cold weather or when resting in a camp. Choose insulating fabrics such as fleece or wool. 

T-Shirt*

t-shirt
For your trip you’ll need at least 2 T-shirts. Better synthetic, that wick away moisture and dry more quickly than cotton.

Pants*

pants
You will need them for the cold weather. The best will be lightweight nylon or polypropylene pants. They are comfortable and dry faster. Very useful are convertible pants with legs that zip off and convert into shorts. Avoid jeans or any cotton pants – they dry longer and are very heavy and uncomfortable when get wet. You can take also an additional pair of fleece pants for camp site or to sleep in.

Shorts

shorts
 Make sure to have your shorts with you.

Underwear*

underwwear
 

If you have an option between synthetic and cotton fabric for your underwear, chose first one – it dries faster and keeps you warmer. And do not forget swimming suit.

Shoes*

shoes
The best option for the rafting is tennis shoes or sandals. Probably you will need an additional pair of lightweight sneakers to use at the campsite or for short walking trips. 

Socks*

socks
Take with you at least 1 pair of lightweight synthetic socks and 1 pair of wool socks which will keep you warm in cold weather.

The group equipment below is provided:

  • Rafting boats/catamarans;
  • Lifesaving jackets and paddles;
  • Group tarp;
  • Cooking gear.

 

If you do not have some of those items, there is no reason to cancel your trip! Please contact us if you have any questions about items on this list or you need to rent some equipment. We are always ready to help you with that and make your trip comfortable and safe!