A raft is an incredible piece of equipment, allowing you to comfortably travel down a river through the middle of nowhere and bring along all the amenities of home. From Class V whitewater to flatwater teeming with trout, there’s almost no limit to where you can go. But a raft is also a substantial investment, and identifying the essentials can be daunting. Outlined herein are a handful of items that comprise a basic raft setup. People have done it with less and just as many have done it with more, but these basic items are more than enough to get you out onto the water this season.