5 Things You Didn't Know You Needed for your Raft

Outfitting your raft with the right gear is an art form. The gear featured here are sometimes overlooked, but can really make a big difference in your raft once you have them secured. These are our top 5 things you need to add to your raft set up.

1. Down River Raft King Sling

Gifts for Rafters King Sling

Perfect for those who like to take longer river trips. The DRE King Sling will contain all the drybags and extra gear in one place behind the captain’s seat. The King Sling also doubles as a great platform for on-the-river photoshoots or for a furry friend to sleep on.

2. NRS Flip Lines Pair


These Flip Lines from NRS attach easy and don't get caught or hooked on things. We hope you never have to use then for their intended use (#cleanteethcleanlines), but you'll be glad to have them if you do.


3. Down River All In One Bag

Gifts for Rafters Down River Equipment All In One Bag

This piece of gear is super versatile. It can be used as a drag bag, or as a container for any litter you might come across in your local waterways (trust us, it does happen). The mesh on the DRE All in One Bag is burly and sturdy and can hold up getting thrashed around on any type of river trip while staying securely on your boat.

4. NRS Mesh Drag Bag

Why buy a beer cooler when you can just buy a drag bag? Attach this burly bag to the flip line on your boat and feel confident that your cans will stay cold all day long.

5. RiverMaps Guide Books

Gifts for Rafters RiverMaps Guides

If you aren’t investing in RiverMaps, are you truly a river person?

Seriously, these maps are the best and a must for any notable river trip west of the Mississippi. They feature USGS topographic maps with river features, camp sites, side hikes and historic and geographic information. They're informative, entertaining, and durable (waterproof) for all adventures they make maps for.

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