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A Fun Boating Game: Cans

The popular river trip game of cans is a time honored camp sport. Learn the rules, and the gear you need, and enjoy on your next trip.

Trip Planning

Boating Safety for Infants & Small Children

Learn about boating safety for infants and small children. When is it safe to take your kids out on the river, and what should you bring to ensure safety?

Trip Planning, Safety

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 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

How to Boat and Camp with Perishable Foods

Learn how to boat and camp with perishable foods, an excerpt from the book 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

Learn how to properly pack your kayak for a bit of kayak camping. What to bring and where to put them in the kayak are important considerations.

Trip Planning

Kicking the Cooler Habit

Learn how Lacey Anderson can outfit a 10-person group for an eight-day trip that doesn't require refrigeration or costly coolers.

Trip Planning

Kids and Nature

If you love the outdoors, river or water, you can help spread that passion to the younger generations with these tips about getting kids into nature.

Trip Planning

Multiday Kayaking Trips

With proper planning and packing, multiday trips in kayaks can be very fun. Learn the tips and techniques you'll need to have a successful outing.

Trip Planning

Multiday Rafting Trips

Learn what you need to consider when preparing for rafting trip that takes you out overnight. Multiday trips in a raft or cataraft let you to travel in style!

Trip Planning

Multiday Sea Kayaking

When a day trip is just too short, plan a multiday sea kayaking trip. NRS has the gear and advice to help you figure out what to bring and how to plan.

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

Learn how to outfit your touring kayak or sea kayak with the proper gear. If you're going to do overnight trips, there are some additional things to consider.

Trip Planning

Packing for International Paddling

Packing for an international boating adventure can be intimidating. World traveler Kyle "Smitty" Smith offers his expertise in figuring it out.

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

You will encounter two different class rating systems for rivers and their rapids. Learn how these systems differ and where they're most commonly used.

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

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

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