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What To Bring Whitewater Rafting

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Are you planning a rafting trip and wondering, ‘What do I need to bring whitewater rafting?’  Keep reading for a comprehensive list of suggested items to bring with you for any type of weather…

What To Wear On Warm Sunny Days

  • Quick dry shorts/bathing suit
  • Synthetic shirt for warmth and sun protection
  • Sturdy footwear – sandals with straps (no flip-flops, crocs, or bare feet), old sneakers, or neoprene booties (we have these available for rent)
  • Hat with brim to protect face from sun – optional, must fit under helmet
  • Sunglasses with retainer strap – optional but highly suggested
  • Avoid all cotton and denim clothing, as cotton keeps you cold when wet…

What To Wear On Cold / Rainy Days

  • Again, avoid all cotton items, as cotton keeps you cold when wet…
  • Rain jacket (we have these available to rent)
  • Synthetic or wool socks will help keep your toes warm under some sturdy shoes or booties
  • Synthetic long sleeve shirt(s) and layers (merino wool or fleece work great) 
  • Synthetic long underwear layer for legs (merino wool or fleece work great)
  • Consider renting a wetsuit package from us for added warmth (splash jacket, wetsuit, sturdy neoprene booties) 

What To Bring - Before / After Your Trip

  •  A dry change of clothes
  • Towel (to dry off) (we also have showers available to rinse off)
  • A bag for your wet clothes
  • Guide gratuity

What To Bring On The Raft

  • Water bottle
  • Medication (put this in your guides dry bag if needed)
  • Sunscreen (optional – best to apply before you get on the bus)
  • Sunglasses strap (the river will eat your glasses otherwise)
  • Your smiling face!
  • PFD, helmet, and paddle (provided)

You really don’t need much.  Don’t overthink it – just give our friendly adventure coordinators a call. There are no silly questions! 

Basically, don’t bring anything on the boat that you don’t want the river to eat.  Professional photos of your trip are available in our retail shop once you get back, and don’t forget to tip your guide if you enjoyed your trip! 

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