How to Plan a Whitewater Rafting Trip

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As you trudge through chilly, boring weeks of winter and spring, it can help to have something to look forward to--like an excellent plan for your summer vacation! Now is the perfect time to start researching, planning, and preparing for a whitewater rafting adventure in Stanley, Idaho! Here are a few tips to help you take that first step.

Getting Ready

If you've never taken a whitewater rafting trip before, never been to Stanley, or never heard the affectionate but chilling name for the Middle Fork of the Salmon River ("River of No Return"), you've probably got a few big questions. Not to worry! Rafting is just as fun for first-timers as it is for seasoned pros--and with plenty of time to plan your trip, you'll be an expert before you even pack your bags.

Here are a few tips to help get you started. That way, when you're ready to plan your rafting trip to Stanley, you'll know exactly what you're looking for and exactly what to expect--and you might save some money by planning ahead, too.

#1: Packages

Depending on exactly how much excitement you're looking for, there are different rafting trip packages available. Maybe you want to start with a half-day adventure, or perhaps you're ready to jump into a six-day voyage. Whatever you choose, be sure to make reservations ahead of time!

#2: What to bring

Most rafting experiences provide the basics, like the rafts and life-jackets, but you'll still need to pack a few essentials. Here are a few suggestions:

  • swimsuits,
  • towels,
  • sunscreen,
  • appropriate shoes,
  • contacts (rather than glasses),
  • and bags for wet clothes.

#3: Travel arrangements

Don't bother with rental car fees or taxi arrangements. Instead, catch an Idaho River Shuttle straight from the BOI airport to Stanley, and arrive in safety and style!

#4: Have fun!

The most important way to prepare for a rafting trip is to get excited. This is an opportunity to connect with nature, have fun with your friends and family, and maybe even learn something about yourself along the way--so enjoy it!

So, is a rafting trip in your future? If so, we're here to help! Contact us today for help planning your best summer vacation yet.