River Rafting Trips: What To Pack

If you're planning river rafting trips, knowing what to pack is essential , whether it’s your first or you’re an experienced rafter. Where you’re going and what season you’re traveling in are essential things to keep in mind when packing for a river rafting trip, so make sure you research your destination in advance so you know what weather and river conditions you can expect.

  1. Bring appropriate clothing. For summer, you’ll need a bathing suit or shorts and a t-shirt, a change of clothes and sneakers or river shoes. For cold weather, a sweater, socks and long underwear, plus waterproof jacket and pants to wear on top. A drysuit might be a good idea for winter, and neoprene gloves and booties are a must.
  2. Pack on the accessories. Sunglasses, sunblock and lip balm are important year around when going on river rafting trips. An eyeglass strap can help save your eyeglasses, especially if you plan on jumping into fast rapids or taking the sunglasses off along the way.
  3. Keep your valuables dry. Sport stores sell dry bags that you can use to seal off your valuables and keep them safe during river rafting trips. Even with a dry bag, though, avoid bringing a digital camera along and instead buy a disposable waterproof one. Ziploc bags might be a good idea to double protect small valuable items during a river rafting trip.
  4. Choose some high-energy snacks. Energy and cereal bars are easy to pack and will provide a good energy punch to keep you at your best during the trip. Trail mix, dry fruit and even cereal are also good options. Bring lots of water for the trip, although sport and energy drinks might also be a good idea.
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