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Old 07-27-2016   #1
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Now What?

After two kids, I've decided to start using rubber. Picked up a Aire 156R, 3-bay frame, cooler, pin-n-clip oars. For the next few years most trips will be wife, and two young kids. What's my "rafting essentials" list? (Needless to say, everyone is already outfitted with PFD's and proper river clothing and years of kayaking and camping have left me with endless camp chairs, long cams, etc.)

My list so far:
Bowline (old climbing rope)
Extra oar; extra blades
Raft-devoted throw bag
Drop bag for front bay
Rocket box 1 + Groover
Rocket box 2&3 + basic kitchen essentials (backpacking stove, plates/utensils, wash basins, strainer)
Ammo can 1 + first aid
Fire pan
Wood or other cover for front bay; cover with Paco
Paco for wife!
A dozen cams that are less than 9 ft
Drag bag for beer

Other suggestions for absolute necessities? Also, if you have any of the above used that are "just sitting around," lemme know!

Cheers, Dan

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Old 07-27-2016   #2
Evergreen, Colorado
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Shade, both at camp and on the boat.

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Old 07-27-2016   #3
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Don't argue with the DUKE.

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Old 07-27-2016   #4
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Put side boards on your frame your kids will have fewer bruises. And I highly recommend an everything bag for the stern makes rigging so much easier.

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Old 07-27-2016   #5
Erie, Colorado
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Sense of humor, check, thanks for that laugh!

Just ahead of you on this exact transition...found some good advice in here: 2 y/o birthday on the river

Our key toys for the ramp/boat/camp (4&7yo): The big tube squirt guns (currently $10 for 2 at Costco), fishing rods without hooks- we just put floating lures on some $10 Target rods, and nets (these are awesome and still going after 2 years Melissa & Doug Happy Giddy Bug Net)

The thing we didn't think of was guides for the class 2 rivers. Also: shade and maybe a bug tent, cheap foam pads for the kids, which also work well on decking or as a picnic "blanket" for lunch.

Random advice I learned from others: Carry 4x the snacks you think you need. Let any kid who can reach row and at least help with dishes if not tent set uo.

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Old 07-28-2016   #6
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Second the squirt guns and fishing poles without hooks. My kiddo isn't big enough to reach the oars, but I bring along a light cheap paddle that she likes to 'help' row with. Of course, with the paddle, it brings the opportunity to teach how to use a paddle without knocking anyone out.

And snacks, yes. Bring way more than you think you'd need.
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Old 07-28-2016   #7
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Is that old climbing rope for your bowline static?
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Old 07-28-2016   #8
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A trailer. Not a necessity, but man does it shrink your rigging time.

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Old 07-28-2016   #9
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Welcome to the Dark Side, Dan! Bwahahahahah!

Ditto on the trailer. You have enough to do without being a pumper upper.
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Old 07-28-2016   #10
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May be required?
-spare pfd
-boat specific patch kit
-fire blanket
-kitchen floor
-hand wash station
-dish cleaning system\ food strainer
-pin kit
-cocktail ice

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