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Tents, Sleeping Bags, Pads, and Dry Bags for our River Trips

All of our river trips include tents, sleeping bags, and pads. While you are welcome to bring your own gear if you like, we take pride in providing exceptional camping gear with no extra fee. While our gear may vary very slightly depending on available models when it comes time to replace, we try to keep it as similar as possible. This is what we currently bring on trips:


  • Length: 7 feet 6 in
  • Width: 8 feet 6 in
  • Height at the center: 5 feet

We have basic “4 person” dome-style tents. These tents are nice and roomy and simple to set up. No worries if you have never set one up, our guides are happy to help show you on the first night of camp. While they are marketed as a “4-person-tent,” we recommend max capacity be 2 adults or 2-3 smaller kids. Each of our tents come in a canvas bag with a unique number or marking on it, so you can keep the same tent throughout the trip. Not planning on sharing a tent? Not a problem, you get a tent to yourself.

Our standard tent is easy to set up and looks cool too!
Our standard tent is easy to set up and looks cool too!

We bring a separate dry-bag where we store all the tents for the trip, so you don’t have to worry about fitting your tent in your personal dry-bag. Bringing your own tent? You are welcome to store it in the communal tent dry bag as well.

We also offer an optional “deluxe” upgrade camping package. This package includes a standing-room tent and two cots. Price varies depending on the trip, current prices can be found in the trip details. Inquire with the office if you would like to purchase this upgrade.

Our Deluxe Camping Package includes 2 cots and a larger tent
Our Deluxe Camping Package includes 2 cots and a larger tent

Sleeping Pad

  • Length: 6 feet 2 in
  • Width: 2 feet 1 in
  • Height: 3 in
Sleeping bag and pad packed and ready
Sleeping bag and pad packed and ready

Our sleeping pads are a self-inflating foam/air combo. They are stored in your main camp dry bag between uses, so make sure to get all the air out while rolling it for storage. This is best done by opening the air valve, then rolling the sleeping pad starting at the other end.

Pro Tip: Make sure to close the air value once you’re done rolling it, so it doesn’t re-inflate in your bag!

Sleeping Bag

  • Length: 7 feet
  • Width: 2 feet 9 in
  • Temperature rating: 20 Degrees Fahrenheit

We provide rectangular sleeping bags that are professionally laundered between every use. With its 20-degree temperature rating, it keeps you nice and toasty on chilly nights. On hotter summer nights, you can use the full zipper to vent as much heat as you like.

NWRC sleeping bag and pad
NWRC sleeping bag and pad

Pro Tip: You don’t have to re-stuff your sleeping bag in the stuff-sack every morning. Shove it down loose into the bottom of your dry bag after you pack-up your sleeping pad, but before everything else. We just request that you don’t lose the stuff-sack, and re-pack it in there on the last morning of the trip.

“Camp” Dry Bag

  • Height: 31 in
  • Width: 18 in
  • Volume: 107 Liters

I like to think of the camp dry bag as your checked luggage. Once you fill it with your clothes, sleeping bag, sleeping pad, and other goodies it will go on a gear boat and will not be available until we get to camp at the end of the day.

"Camp" Dry Bag
“Camp” Dry Bag

“Day” Dry Bag

  • Fillable Length: 12 in
  • Width: 8 in
  • Volume: 8.2 Liters

The day bag can be looked at as your carry-on bag for the day. You will want to keep anything that you might need or want during the day. Think extra layers, chapstick, sunscreen, a hat, or maybe some meds you may need during the day. This bag is not 100% water proof when submerged. It is recommended to store electronics that can’t get wet in a water proof bag like a zip-lock inside your day bag.

Pro tip: If you are traveling with someone else, you can share a Day Bag, so you have one less thing to keep track of.

Camp bag and day bag
Camp bag and day bag

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Courtney Sweeney

After a good decade running rivers and chasing snow out west, Courtney landed in Baltimore. Odds are you’ll chat with her if you call the NWRC office, she loves using her river knowledge to make awesome trips happen. When not on the phone, you can find her exploring the east coast rivers or dominating at an adult recreational volleyball league.