Glacier Park Collection

What To Wear

For our daily raft trips in West Glacier, Montana, you will want to wear shorts and a T-shirt, along with shoes that can get wet and will stay on your feet. Crocs and flip flops are not appropriate footwear and cannot be worn. For colder days, you will want to bring along a fleece sweater, wind pants and a hat or beanie.

We have splash tops available upon request. We also have wetsuits and neoprene booties available to rent for $17 at check in. If the weather requires wetsuits, we will supply them for no additional charge.

What to Bring

Glacier Raft Company provides U.S. Coast Guard approved life jackets for all guided trips.

Generally, don’t bring anything with you that can’t get wet. If you wear eyeglasses or sunglasses, be sure to bring along a retainer to hold them on (available for purchase in our store).

Bottled water is recommended on hot days.

Bring along a towel and dry clothing to change into after the trip. We recommend locking both in your vehicle and leaving car keys in our office for safekeeping.

Multi-Day Rafting Trips Packing List

It is important to remember that Montana weather can be unpredictable. When you pack, know that the air temperature can vary from 30 to 90° Fahrenheit (-1 to 32° Celsius). The best way to be prepared for these extremes is to dress in layers. As a minimum, you should invest in a good set of rain gear, including both jacket and pants.

Midweight long underwear, top and bottom, are also required. Avoid cotton — opt for a synthetic material like polypropylene (polypro), Capilene, polar fleece or pile. These materials are designed to keep you warm even when wet. Cotton will leave you shivering if you get splashed, even on a warm day.

  • Transportation from our office to where your trip begins.
  • Meals, from lunch the first day through lunch the last day.
  • Waterproof bags for your personal gear (one large dry bag per person which is not accessible during day and one small bag per boat which will be accessible during the day) *Personal clothing and gear should weigh less than 40 lb total.*
  • Tents, sleeping bags and sleeping pads (feel free to bring your own sleeping bag or pad).
  • River equipment, including rafts and accessories.
  • U.S. Coast Guard approved Type V Personal Floatation Devices (life jackets). 
  • Wetsuits, if required.
  • Waterproof rain jacket and pants (ponchos or vinyl raingear are not sufficient).
  • Lightweight jacket (fleece or pile).
  • One to two T-shirts.
  • One light long-sleeved shirt (for sun protection).
  • One set synthetic thermal underwear, top and bottom (midweight).
  • One pair of pants (used while in camp).
  • One pair fleece or pile pants (used while on river).
  • Two pairs of shorts (one for the river and one for camp).
  • Swimsuit.
  • Wool or polypropylene (polypro) socks.
  • One pair of camp shoes (for around camp and short hikes).
  • One pair of river shoes (water sport sandals with straps. Ex. Chaco, Keen, Teva, wetsuit booties, old tennis shoes).
  • Two hats (one for sun protection and one for warmth).
  • One pair of gloves (fleece, wool or neoprene).
  • If you have your own wetsuit or dry suit, you may bring it. Wetsuits are not usually necessary if you have the recommended clothing. However, if required due to conditions, wetsuits will be provided at no charge.
  • Sleeping bag and pad. (Bring your own if possible. We have a limited number available at no extra charge).
  • Wash cloth and towel.
  • Small camp pillow.
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste.
  • Soap and shampoo (biodegradable or ivory soap).
  • Medications.
  • Sunscreen, lip balm, body lotion and insect repellent.
  • Sunglasses and eyeglass retention strap.
  • Plastic sack for dirty or wet clothing.
  • Flashlight or headlamp (bring extra batteries).
  • Water bottle or canteen.
  • Small day backpack or fanny pack.
  • Camera, binoculars. (We have water resistant containers for storage, but you will still want to bring a protective/padded case. Waterproof disposable cameras are available for purchase at Glacier Raft Company in West Glacier Village. Batteries are available at Glacier Anglers & Outfitters at Paddle Ridge).
  • Any preferred snacks or beverages (cans or plastic bottles only).
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