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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

Adventure Medical Kits from NRS

Medical supplies grouped together in clear, resealable waterproof bags. Medical kits made specifically for camping, backpacking, and paddling


Backcountry Food Handling and Hygiene

Learn how to properly deal with food handling, hygiene, and cleanup while on backcountry or river trips.

Skills & Tips

Camping Tips

Learn to camp responsibly, protect vegetation and water quality and the camp's appearance. And don't forget to leave the site cleaner than you found it.

Skills & Tips

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 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 Checklists

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

Trip Planning

How Sun Protection Works

Details on how sunscreens work and how they are tested.

Skills & Tips

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

How to Roll a Strap for Storage

In this Quick Tips video, we show you how to roll your straps for tidy storage.

Skills & Tips

How to Seal an NRS Dry Bag

Your dry bag protects your stuff. Watch this video to learn how to properly close and seal it to provide maximum protection for your gear.

Skills & Tips

How to Set Up a River Wing

Setting up a river wing is easy once you know the proper techniques. In this video, we demonstrate how to securely set up the NRS River Wing using the included break-down poles, as well as by substituting oars for the poles.

Skills & Tips

How to Tie a Taut-Line Hitch Knot

There are some knots every boater should know how to tie, and the Taut-Line Hitch is one of them. Watch this video to learn how it's done.

Skills & Tips

How to Tie the Figure 8 Knot

Demonstrating the tying of the versatile Figure 8 Knot.

Skills & Tips

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

Leave No Trace, Please

NRS is partnering with Leave No Trace for the month of May. Donate today and well match your contribution.

Skills & Tips

Living With Kids on Boating Trips

Tips for making boating trips with kids enjoyable for all.

Skills & Tips

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

Nutrition: Fueling the Fires Within

Learn the nutrition and hydration dos and donts to help you stay warm and safe as the weather and water get cold.

Skills & Tips

Pre-Trip Food Prep

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

Trip Planning

The Camp Kitchen

Camp Kitchen Tips for food packaging and storage, water storage and sanitizing, camp sanitation, food preparation, fire management and waste disposal.

Skills & Tips

The Iconic Bill’s Bag Dry Bag: A History

Read the story of how our iconic waterproof NRS Bill’s Bag came into existence, directly from the legend himself: Mr. Bill Parks.

How To Choose

What’s in the Water

Excellent resource on microorganisms in backcountry drinking water.

Skills & Tips, Safety