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Whitewater Kayaking > Trip Planning

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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

USGS WaterAlert Service

Service gives email or text message alerts on river flows.

Trip Planning

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

The Fine Nine

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

Trip Planning, Safety

River & Rapid Difficulty Ratings

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

Trip Planning, Safety

Preparing for Cold-Season Boating

How to outfit yourself for cold water boating protection.

Trip Planning, Safety

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

Multiday Kayaking Trips

Tips for multiday kayak trips.

Trip Planning

Kayak and Canoe Car Top Basics

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

Trip Planning

Gear Checklists

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

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 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 Rafting Apparel

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

Trip Planning

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

Boating Safety for Infants & Small Children

Tips on safely taking your kids boating.

Trip Planning, Safety