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The Learning Curve: Ep. 1 Kayak Road Trips

The Learning Curve aims to share those little tricks that experienced boaters know but that the usual how-to books and videos dont tell you

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Camping Gear

A printable camping gear checklist for rafting or river trips. Customize and download your own camp gear list.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Fishing Apparel

What kayak fishing apparel should you pack? You're in luck: here's a printable equipment and gear checklist. Download and customize now.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Fishing Gear

Download and customize this checklist of kayak fishing gear to make sure you get to the put-in with all the kit you need.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Inflatable Boats

A printable gear checklist for trips involving inflatables and inflatable boats, including rafts, catarafts, and inflatable kayaks.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Kitchen

Never forget critical camp kitchen gear again with this customizable and downloadable gear checklist. Eat well on the water!

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Personal Camping Necessities

What personal camping necessities should you pack for a rafting or kayak trip? This handy equipement checklist will help you bring the gear you need.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Rafting Apparel

What rafting apparel should you pack? Behold! A printable equipment and gear checklist. Download and customize now.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Rafting Apparel

Apparel and personal gear: a checklist of equipment prepared by Tobias Schunck for a June Grand Canyon trip.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Rafting Trip Gear

Rafting and boat gear: a checklist of boating equipment prepared by Tobias Schunck for a June Grand Canyon trip.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Sea Kayaking Apparel

What sea kayaking and kayak touring gear and apparel should you pack? Behold! A printable equipment and gear checklist. Download and customize now.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Sea Kayaking Gear

Download and customize this checklist of sea kayaking and kayak touring gear to make sure you get to the put-in with all the kit you need.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Whitewater Apparel

What whitewater kayaking gear and apparel should you pack? Behold! A printable equipment and gear checklist. Download and customize now.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklist Whitewater Gear

Download and customize this checklist of whitewater kayaking gear to make sure you get to the put-in with all the kit you need.

Trip Planning

Gear Checklists

A collection of downloadable checklists for camping, rafting, kayaking, and more to help you organize your trip.

Trip Planning

Packing for International Paddling

When you're leaving your homeland for a boating adventure, packing for international paddling can be intimidating. World traveler Kyle "Smitty" Smith offers his expertise in figuring it out.

Trip Planning

A Fun Boating Game: Cans

Rules for a fun camp game.

Trip Planning

Boating Safety for Infants & Small Children

Tips on safely taking your kids boating.

Trip Planning, Safety

Clyde's Grand Canyon Blog

A blog written from the Colorado River in the Grand Canyon by Clyde Nicely, NRS employee. Follow along as these folks take one of the all-time classic river trips!

Trip Planning

Clyde's Grand Canyon Blog: Community Gear List

Clyde's Grand Canyon group / community gear and equipment checklist: plan smarter by not bring duplicate rafting supplies.

How To Choose, Trip Planning

Clyde's Grand Canyon Blog: Personal Gear List

Clyde's Grand Canyon personal gear and equipment checklist: an example of the kind of depth you need to go to in planning for any multiday trip.

Trip Planning

How to Boat and Camp with Perishable Foods

Excerpt from Camp Cooking: Eating Well in the Wild

Trip Planning

Kayak and Canoe Car Top Basics

The safe way to carry kayaks and canoes on top of your vehicle.

Trip Planning

Kayak Camping

How to pack you kayak with camping in mind.

Trip Planning

Kicking the Cooler Habit

Lacey Anderson has a solution for you lightweight, nutritious meals that require no refrigeration. Heres a tale of her outfitting a 10-person group for an eight-day trip.

Trip Planning

Kids and Nature

Outdoors education for the young people in your life.

Trip Planning

Multiday Kayaking Trips

Tips for multiday kayak trips.

Trip Planning

Multiday Rafting Trips

Tips for multiday raft and cataraft trips.

Trip Planning

Multiday Sea Kayaking

Trip Planning

Outdoor Trips Close to Home

Hints and links for finding outdoor fun closer to where you live.

Trip Planning

Outfitting Your Touring Kayak

Outfit your touring kayak with the proper gear.

Trip Planning

Preparing for Cold-Season Boating

How to outfit yourself for cold water boating protection.

Trip Planning, Safety

Pre-trip Food Prep

Doing some work before your trip speeds up meal preparation and cuts down on the mess.

Trip Planning

River & Rapid Difficulty Ratings

Describing the Class I-VI and Class 1-10 Ratings

Trip Planning, Safety

The Clean Waste Toilet System

This toilet system is approved for multi-day river use in every state. The complete Kit comes with a Pop-up Privacy tent.

Trip Planning

The Fine Nine

Preparing yourself to prevent or recover from on-the-water emergencies.

Trip Planning, Safety

U.S. Coast Guard Regulations for Stand Up Paddlers

SUP is great fun, but do you know what you need to have and do to be legal on the water?

Trip Planning, Safety

USGS WaterAlert Service

Service gives email or text message alerts on river flows.

Trip Planning

Winter Paddling at its Warmest

Team NRS kayaker Devon Barker-Hicks gives gear recommendations for staying warm while paddling in icy waters.

Trip Planning, Skills & Tips, Safety