What To Bring for the Devils River Trip
Devils River Packing List
Please be aware, you will likely drive through a Border Patrol checkpoint with Agents and Canines. All applicable Texas laws apply, and being detained may cause you to miss your trip. Your fees will not be refunded.
THINGS TO BRING ON YOUR DEVILS RIVER TRIP
- sleeping bag & sleeping pad
- hammock if you have one, we have a few loaners
- headlamp or flashlight
- cheap plastic rain poncho
- personal water bottle (that you can refill from our coolers)
- bug repellent
- ENVIRONMENTALLY SAFE sunscreen and chapstick/lip balm
- See www.ecowatch.com/sunscreen-guide.html
- snorkel, mask and fins
- rashguard and/or wetsuit, depending on time of year/temps
- light fabric long sleeve shirt and pants (fishing or hiking type work well)
- hat with brim for sun protection
- sunglasses with lanyard
- camera or phone with Ziploc bag, we have some dry boxes and bags, but having your own small waterproof container is best
- book or other reading material
It is now known that many sunscreens contain chemicals that are harmful to aquatic life. Freshwater habitats have the same concerns as saltwater reefs. A resource page on recommended sunscreens. savethereef.org/about-reef-save-sunscreen.html
NO GLASS BOTTLES – beverages in cans ok, liquor or wine must be in either plastic or a box! Don’t make the mistake of bringing too much excess weight in cans, be smart with your alcohol. Also be aware that the State Park does not allow the public display of alcoholic beverages, this means coozies or cups must be used, and all empties must remain out of sight – this is a ticketable offense!!
We will provide dry bags for your gear, each individual should bring no more than what can fit into an overnite backpack, ie: 40-50 lbs. max
You will be hauling and portaging your own gear daily, so don’t bring more than you can carry.
Strap on sandals such as Teva, Keen, Chaco, etc. OR closed toe sandals (in cold weather wool socks with sandals work well) OR old sneakers that can get wet and muddy OR scuba diving boots with good soles
The river bottom is very abrasive and can eat up cheap footwear, which will eat up your feet!
Please feel free to contact us if you are not sure.
WE WILL BRING A CAMP TOILET/S, AS REQUIRED BY PARK.
DEVILS RIVER FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTSIONS
We will provide you with life jackets, paddles and dry bags but you are welcome to bring your own.
We have first aid kits but you are encouraged to bring your own, especially if there are specific medications, etc. that you need.
We provide meals and snacks, but bringing a few of your own comfort snacks is good.
You will carry all your own gear on your boat, plus a water jug.
We will provide straps to secure gear where needed.
We acquire the permits and will have them with us.
We will provide a camp toilet with WAG bags.
Yes, this is a very physically demanding trip, if you have health conditions don’t try it