How 'bout passing on some lessons learned now that rafting season is upon us?
Here's mine from a trip last year: Always keep all of your oar pieces strapped together when not actually using them. I got to the Gulkana and realized I was missing 2 sections of my breakdown oars. Luckily there were enough spare sections in the rest of our group to make it work. Now I keep everything strapped together until assembling them at the put in. At the takeout they all get strapped back together into one easy to carry bundle.