Doing a white water rafting trip is pretty simple to plan. When you book a guided trip, the company you go through will likely have all of the equipment that you need in terms of safety gear like life vests and helmets. However, you will want to consider what clothes to wear. Rafting isn’t as simple as throwing on some swimming clothes and calling it good. We want to provide you with a basic guide
What clothes to wear
You don’t necessarily have to wear swimming trunks or a wetsuit. You can simply opt for water-resistant clothing, and try to stay away from things that don’t fare well when wet. For instance, cotton clothing can take a very long time to dry out, and will get weighed down when wet. Moisture-wicking materials like Under Armor or other outdoor sports clothing will the best bet. If you are going in the spring or late fall where the weather might be a little volatile, consider wearing several layers of water-resistant clothing, or wearing a wet suit.
What shoes to wear
Perhaps the most important thing will be to make sure that your feet are taken care of with the proper footwear. Don’t think that because you will be spending most of your time in a raft that you can ignore the times you may be walking around in slippery rocks in the water. Take shoes that can work well in water that have a solid grip to get you some traction on the slippery surfaces.
Don’t forget sunscreen
Something that gets forgotten too often is sunscreen. The last thing you want to have happen is to have a great time out on the water, but then end up severely sunburnt at the end of it. Doing this will protect yourself not only from the pain of a sunburn, but also from the lasting effects of harmful prolonged sun exposure.
Get out on the water!
Now that you know what to bring with you, its time to get out on the water and have a great time rafting!