I like to make sure I have my fishing gear
No but really to me it seems relative to the river section floated, many rivers I float if the second to worst thing happened to me (that is everything other than me floating to the bottom) I could either walk out or hitch a ride.
Have yet to float something remote enough to feel I would be spending much time there. Maybe that's an error on my part but I have limited options in the area.
Anyway to give you an idea of a few of the things I like to always make sure I have or have extra of in the boat: many of which have already been mentioned.
Wag bags! disappointing I haven't heard that one yet, but doesn't surprise me
extra oar (of course)
extra oar lock(s)
first aid kit
a couple head lamps
permits (if needed)
PDF'S(AND WEAR THEM)
Did I say Wag bag!
And then of course I always have a cooler with food and drinks/water along with a dry bag of extra clothing.
Wow never really put thought to all the stuff I keep in the boat, most of its just always there in case I need it! Guaranteed that's not everything and for the most part it's a lot of little stuff so it just stays put.
In one if not the only books on drift boats (as far as I know of or own) has a pretty decent checklist for all sorts of things needed depending on the occasion, the book in general is worth checking out.float plan, passenger safety, pretrip etc.
Now if Its a multiple day trip you can only imagine how the list would grow.
One thing is for sure I'm not tying my self to anything. Losing a boat would be one thing but a life well that's another.
I think that it is often overlooked or blown off that people die on class 1 rivers every year. It doesn't have to be big water to put you in your place and even with experience the more you do it the more likely the time will come when you are up against a rock or pulling in water, it's just bound to happen.
In general its just good to know what your going to do when that something does happen?
Good things to be thinking about as I plan on floating this next weekend! Thanks for the reminder I better check those battery's in the flashlights before I head out....
Sorry for rambling on!
May be more info then ya all needed and sometimes I think I should have a breathalyzer on my computer but hey that's my 2cents.