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Old 10-24-2019   #1
 
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what not to forget for a GC trip

Hey all, beginning final preps for my GC trip launching on Nov. 30. What are some things that you wish you had brought on the GC, or are super glad you brought, or brought and wish you hadn't? I have all the required gear, and the basics covered so just the extra stuff.

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Your drivers license! In all seriousness.

Also a copy of the regs, I forgot mine for my September trip but luckily PRO had them in the trip binder.
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A good attitude. This applies to more than GC trips...
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A good attitude. This applies to more than GC trips...
Got that! it is gonna be such a cool trip. 10 awesome folks, most of us longtime rafters making our first trip down the grand! Couple folks with trips under their belt already.
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Hand salve. I use super salve.
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A separate dry bag with some clothing. The place is extremely Sandy and I thought it would be amazing to have some off river clothes that were in a bag that had not been opened. Wait till your 2/3 way down. Enjoy the float!
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Old 10-24-2019   #7
 
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not something that fits in the urgent, or even important pile, but I really like to sock away a nice bottle of port (if you are a drinker) for late in the trip. For me, it's a great way to make a good night a little more special, and makes a perfect after dinner drink.
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Old 10-24-2019   #8
 
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You probably have this stuff covered already but just in case.

Pee bucket, regs say go to the river even at night.

Handy wipes, nothing nicer than a good wipe of the face and parts before leaving the tent. Don't put in groover even if used at the groover even if it says flushable.

Door mat, step onto it if necessary to use pee bucket and to reduces sand in tent and on feet.

Pillow or pillow case for making a good pillow.

Body lotion and treatment for cracked skin.

Callous file and foot/finger nail brush. It is a good idea to get dirt out of skin cracks each evening especially on heals.

Spare hat. Hat clip(clips to your hat and shirt collar).

Spare glasses/contacts. Spare sun glasses.

Long tent stakes and one doggie screw. Nice to find your tent in place after a big wind. I take multiple doggie screws for camp shelters.

Tear aid and aquaseal.

Socks and shore shoes. BTW, if you wear river shoes like Astrals and your feet stay wet all the time beware of foot rot(trench foot).

Qtips and some to share. Nail clippers. Dental pick/tooth picks.

Waterproof sharpie to write in guidebook.

Spare batteries.

Your own thermal mug. Coffee get cold fast in December.

Star guide for the long, long nights.

A warm seat/insulated pad for the long, long nights.

A good book for the same reason.

Something else may pop to mind.
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Old 10-24-2019   #9
 
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A good repair kit. I'm amazed at how many people don't have the material or tools to fix stuff. It's a long trip, stuff breaks, sucks to try to limp along with something that doesn't work right
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