Whitewater Rafting Checklist

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Packing for an extended weekend trip can seem like a daunting task, but what does someone pack when planning for the rafting trip of a lifetime? This helpful checklist guide is not only an excellent resource for rafting newbies, but also experienced whitewater rafting veterans.

When people are in the middle of the wilderness, there aren’t any big box chain stores to visit for basic necessities. It’s advised that rafters contact their select rafting outfitter to confirm details related to food, snacks, apparel, accessories and overnight accommodations.

Bathing Suit – Swimsuit materials are designed to accommodate large waves and rapids.

T-Shirts – These are ideal for warm weather.

Lip Balm and Sun Block – Helping to block harmful UV rays, which are intensely magnified in desert climates and by bodies of water.

Sunglasses – This is optional, but it will likely help prevent squinting since rivers have sun glare.

Eye Glasses Straps – These are an excellent idea for prescription glasses and sunglasses alike, helping save glasses if rafts should overturn.

Shoes – Consider bringing river shoes, neoprene booties or even old sneakers.

Waterproof Camera – With spills and splashes, it’s important to have a waterproof camera to capture life’s important memories.

Energy Bar – These are full of healthy energy and are a great afternoon pick-me-up snack.

Water – Staying hydrated is vital for one’s health.

Dry Bag – Using a small dry bag for necessities is highly recommended.

Plastic Bags – These are great for storing wet articles of clothing.

Driver’s License – Having identification is vital, especially in the event of an emergency.

Additional packing tips include the following:

Cotton clothing is best for warm and hot summer days, but is not recommended for cool weather conditions.

Ask rafting outfitters if they offer wetsuits and booties.

Just because items are listed on this checklist, doesn’t mean individual river outfitters will recommend the same items.

Visit the outfitter’s website for additional details, including rules and weather-related conditions.

If going on an overnight trip, ask outfitters what overnight supplies are included in base fees.

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