What to Pack

Plan ahead to make sure you'll be prepared to enjoy the Buffalo River’s beautiful wilderness.

Shoes and backpack on cliffside in upper buffalo wilderness.

Springtime Adventure

Spring is an extraordinary time to experience Buffalo River Country. Days can warm into the 70’s-80’s, whereas nights can still be chilly, offering you the chance to enjoy your cabin’s cozy fireplace after a full day of outdoor adventure.

Plan to bring clothing that covers changes in temperature, pieces that allow you to add warmth or remove to cool off. Some suggestions for things to pack include:

  • Clothing that provides quick-dry layers, such as fleece
  • and other garments made from performance fabrics
  • Hiking boots or trail shoes
  • Water-friendly shoes that provide a secure fit (flip flops are not recommended for river trips)
  • Bathing suit / swim trunks
  • Sunscreen / Insect Repellent / Lip Balm
  • Cap or hat for sun and rain protection
  • Raincoat, preferably waterproof or water-repellent
  • Fleece jacket and/or vest
  • Water and water bottle
  • Fanny pack or day pack
  • Protein bars, nuts, dried fruit
  • First-aid kit
  • Buffalo National River Map – West Half (available in our Online Shop or the BOC store, availability permitting)

Additional River Trip Items

  • Dry bag for extra change of clothes, car keys, matches, flashlight,
    camera, personal items
  • Toilet kit (toilet paper / small shovel / ziplocks for paper waste)
  • Beach towel
  • Cooler with secure lid
  • Wetsuit and booties for cold-water or -weather paddling
    (these items can be rented at the BOC store)
  • Spare set of keys if we are shuttling your vehicle
  • Glass is not permitted on the river or gravel bars, so pack
    food and beverages that are in river-friendly containers

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