What to Bring on Your Snake River Float Trip

You’ve booked your Snake River float trip and you’re ready to go—or are you? Many of our guests spend weeks or even months anticipating their trip, but when the day arrives, they’re in a frenzy. What do they need to bring? Is it okay to bring a camera? What if it rains? There’s no need to panic! Here’s what to bring on a float trip.


A Grand Teton scenic float trip is the perfect Jackson Hole vacation activity for any photography enthusiast. Unlike a whitewater rafting trip, you won’t get wet on a scenic float trip—you’re on a large raft that traverses calm waters. Still, we want you to be aware that you’re bringing your camera at your own risk. If you drop it in the river, there’s not much we can do to get it out! If you have a DSLR, consider wearing a camera strap and only bringing one lens.


When it comes to binoculars, the same rules apply as with cameras—you’re welcome to bring them, but you do so at your own risk. A strap is a good idea for binoculars too, as is a case to put them in when they’re not in use. There are ample opportunities for spotting wildlife during your Snake River scenic float trip and binoculars can help you see birds and other animals you might otherwise miss!

Light Jacket

Even at the height of the summer, mornings can be chilly on the river, so we encourage you to bring a light jacket with you. A windbreaker is great since it can be easily stored in a backpack if you end up not using it.

Extra Layers

In the spring and fall, you may also want to wear or bring another layer in addition to a windbreaker. A warm flannel shirt under your windbreaker can keep you toasty on a cold morning; if the sun comes out later and the day warms up, you can remove the flannel or both the flannel and windbreaker and keep them in your backpack, since they’re both lightweight.

Small Backpack

This isn’t the time to break out that massive backpack you use for camping or hiking! Instead, just bring a small backpack that can fit your jacket, extra layers, and the other items you bring. A big backpack is cumbersome to lug around during a float trip.


We don’t offer meals or snacks to our guests, so if you think you’d like to eat during your float trip, you’ll have to bring your own food. Don’t bring anything messy or foods that require utensils or assembly. Snack bars, fruit leather, and jerky, are perfect for a float trip.

Refillable Water Bottle

We can provide you with water, but you’ll need to bring your own bottle. 

What You Don’t Need to Bring

We provide all of our guests with personal floatation devices and rain ponchos in case of a sudden mountain shower. 

Learn More About What to Bring on a Float Trip

We hope that we’ve answered your questions about what to bring on your Snake River float trip, but if not, contact us at 307-733-2871 to learn more. We’re happy to help!