Sometimes, it can be hard to choose the right outfit on a regular day. You know, a work day, dinner with friends, a date, a party… Now, imagine how much more complicated it can be to choose the right things to bring to a whitewater rafting trip. “Should I bring shorts, a swimsuit, a jacket, flip-flops, sneakers, or… both?” You end up packing either too little or too much, and there’s always something missing.

Packing Tips for a Whitewater Rafting Trip

In the hopes of guiding you through more accurate packing for your next whitewater rafting voyage, here are some of our recommendations.

What You Definitely Need

  • Bathing suit to wear underneath your clothes.
  • Water/River shoes – or it could also be some old sneakers that stay on your feet in swift water and are okay to get dirty. Make sure they have a sole that is made to grip in wet conditions. This will make things easier for everyone.
  • Quick-drying shorts. Nylon shorts work. Do your best to try and bring these with you. Your day will be a lot more comfortable if your clothes dry faster. You could get yourself a dry bag to put all of this in, along with your wallet.
  • An extra change of clothes and a towel for after the trip.
  • Water, because hydration is always important.

What You Definitely Do Not Need

  1. Cotton clothing. Please just choose other fabrics, because cotton will make you colder when it’s wet, as it will absorb the heat from your body.
  2. Flip-flops are a no-no, as well as any other type of shoe that is just too uncomfortable to bring on a raft like Crocs, cowboy boots, or high heels. Just don’t.
  3. Jewelry. No bling required for this trip. You could, however, bring your sports watch, if you’d like.
  4. Electronics. Let’s say a cellphone, tablet, or any cool little gadgets you might have that are not waterproof (which, quite frankly, you are not going to use anyway) can stay home.

Packing tips for whitewater rafting

Warm Days

  • Sunscreen. Preferably SPF15 or higher.
  • Baseball hat or something similar to protect you from the sun that won’t fly away in the wind.
  • Sunglasses with a retainer string.

Cold Days

  • No cotton clothing. Seriously, please keep in mind what we mentioned before about cotton.
  • Synthetic fabric layerings for under your jacket to keep you warm.
  • Fleece or wool winter hat (or beanie), and fleece or wool socks.

Nice to Haves

  • Waterproof camera. If you don’t already have one, you can just buy one of the cheap ones that are disposable.
  • Toiletries. It’s nice to have a few things handy in case you want to take a shower before you change into your dry clothes.

If you have any additional questions about what to bring or wear on your Colorado whitewater rafting trip, feel free to contact us and we’ll be more than happy to assist you.

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