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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 or crocs), old sneakers, or wetsuit 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

  • 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

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 and Helmet

You really don’t need much.  We suggest bringing a dry change of clothes for when you get back to your car. The Adventure Company has showers and changing rooms for your convenience. We suggest bringing a towel with you and leaving it in your car to dry off once you get back, and use it to shower if desired. 

As far as what you need to bring on the boat, we might suggest a strap for your sunglasses and a water bottle. If you need medication, ask your guide to put it in their dry bag. There will be photographers along the river to take pictures of your group on the rapids, and your guide will have their phone on them for emergencies. 

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

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