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Launching on the Grand at the end of June for an 18 day trip.

For those that have gone in the dead of summer, I'd love to know what are some must have items for the trip? What has been something that has made your trip enjoyable or something that has saved your ass down in the canyon.

Anything such as snacks, gear, clothing etc...


Thanks for the suggestions! This community rocks.

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Hand Salve

I loved having my Astral Brewers....great to have a closed toed shoe for the boat that was also comfortable for hiking. Plus they work as a great sandal for camp when push down the back.

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A good sun shade tarp! It's been hot down there already. The heat also generates a lot of hot wind, literally, so a solid tarp will be appreciated.
lots of cigars, if you like'em
favorite snacks
Sun shower, as the water is cold the whole way.
 

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black light

Its great to spot scorpions that are about ready to drop out of the Tami on to your buddy's pillow. Don't leave your bed roll laying out. You want to be the first nasty thing to slither in.
 

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More ice. While you will always have less than you want, make sure you bring more. Be prepared to buy more at Phantom. Bimini is always great for a summer trip, for both while in flat sections but also in camp when hanging out on the boat because the beach is too damn hot.
 

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Two cotton sheets, soak thoroughly and ring out before bed, one below you one above you, as they evaporate you sleep like a baby, sleep on the boat if at all possible, 10 degrees cooler than anywhere on shore


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Two cotton sheets, soak thoroughly and ring out before bed, one below you one above you, as they evaporate you sleep like a baby, sleep on the boat if at all possible, 10 degrees cooler than anywhere on shore


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If phantom ranch has ice buy as much as your party can carry
Don't be afraid to ask for ice from the commercials towards the end, they can be unexpected saviors of cocktail hours on day 16


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Two cotton sheets, soak thoroughly and ring out before bed, one below you one above you, as they evaporate you sleep like a baby, sleep on the boat if at all possible, 10 degrees cooler than anywhere on shore


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Can a silk sleeping bag liner work just as good for this?
 

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mesh cot with the wet sheets was a lifesaver in the heat. I set mine up across the dryboxes on the boat to take advantage of cool air off the water.
 

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IMO the phantom ranch ice wasn't really worth it. Granted,my cooler wasn't awesome. But almost all of it had melted by the next night. This was two months ago,in march. It's a very wet ice. But it is the bottom of the Grand Canyon and beggars can't be choosers....just don't plan on it sticking around for long.
 

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Misty mate, google it and get one. Super salve for your hands, a large umbrella and big hat. Have fun.
I was going to ask if anyone ever sets up a mister off of their shade cove/Bimi. A simple garden sprayer, the ones with a pump handle, and some misters attached to a drip line irragation set up could go for hours and really keep things cool.
 

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Hi GPP33,

I'll admit to having done that. Nobody laughed again after the temperature got over 100, and all the clouds went away.

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I clip the misty mate onto my life jacket while rowing, when not running rapids and it makes everything so nice. Also nice to walk around camp and mist others.
 

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2nd on the Super Salve (but if you ain't drinking lots of water it don't matter much)
Thin, full fingered gloves for rigging raft and sun gloves for the rest of the day are great for saving your hands.
Super glue and pre-cut band aids (cut into thin strips you can work around finger cracks and use super glue to glue into place) if above don't work.
The wet sheets as mentioned - also small mister spray bottle for spraying one's self at bedtime and in night. After dark a spray lasts a pretty long time. A sheet and light blanket is plenty for keeping warm. You'll probably fall asleep in your skivvies or less - it's that warm and you'll grab a sheet or blanket later in the night. If you're a dude a bottle to pee in so you don't have to stumble around in dark.
Sport umbrella is great. Good shade for 2 peeps and is pretty versatile. I used it to block wind/blowing sand at night a few times.
Unless you're a full on shower geek a small solar shower (2 gal or even 1 gal) is sufficient and is easier to deal with.
Make sure your big brimmed hat has a chin cord you can snug down.
A little collapsible table to put by your chair ( and bring to your campsite too)
Some EmergenC or other drink mix stuff for your water - especially if you're filtering and using iodine. True Lemon makes a 1/2 way decent lemonade and an ice tea mix.
Good black licorice and other snacks and some El Mayor Anejo for Tequila Beach - be prepared to hassle folks to get your El Mayor back so you can have another pull.
 

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2nd on the roll-a-cot. If you can sleep on the raft, great. If not, you can set the cot up right next to the river to catch the cool breeze it brings. Plus you can set it up just about anywhere, right in the water if you want. But watch out for the daily "tides" or you will wake up when the water laps your underside.
 
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