What To Wear Rafting? The Ultimate Guide

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Remember that the type of rafting you do will inform what you wear; white water rafting will require more protective gear, for instance. You'll also want to make sure your outfit is seasonally appropriate and meets the weather conditions of the day. If you keep these tips in mind, there's nothing stopping you from having fun while staying comfortable on your next trip!

Remember that the type of rafting you do will inform what you wear; white water rafting will require more protective gear, for instance. You'll also want to make sure your outfit is seasonally appropriate and meets the weather conditions of the day. If you keep these tips in mind, there's nothing stopping you from having fun while staying comfortable on your next trip!

What to wear rafting in the fall

  • Bring a fleece jacket
  • Wear a rain jacket
  • Bring a waterprrof bagWear a hat
  • Wear waterproof shoes
  • Wear a wetsuit

The best way to protect yourself and your belongings is to bring a waterproof bag, wear a rain jacket, and have a hat and gloves on hand. That said, you can’t always rely on the weather. Temperatures in the fall often drop below 60°F / 15°C, so it’s smart to wear or bring additional layers even if it looks sunny out. Wear a fleece jacket or shirt under your rain gear so you can peel them off if they become too warm while paddling. You might also want to pack an extra pair of wool socks since they will keep you warmer than cotton socks even when wet. If you’re rafting in cold water (below 68°F / 20°C), consider renting or bringing neoprene booties, socks or wetsuits to help stay warm in case of unexpected falls into the water, which are almost guaranteed.

What to wear rafting in the summer

  • Paddling gloves
  • Waterproof socks
  • Splash jacket
  • Life jacket
  • Spray skirt
  • Wetsuit or drysuit
  • Synthetic base layer (top and bottom)
  • Hat and sun protection for face, lips, and ears
  • Sunglasses with straps
  • Neoprene booties

In the summer, when you go rafting, it is important to wear the right clothing. Since getting wet is part of the fun, you need to wear clothes that can get wet and will still keep you comfortable. Wearing a swimsuit or a pair of shorts and t-shirt is recommended. Make sure your clothes fit snugly so they don't get in your way while paddling. If you are wearing a short sleeve shirt, it is also recommended that you wear footwear that can get wet like water shoes or sandals with straps instead of flip-flops. It's also good to wear extra layers such as a light jacket because once you get on the water, there may be a breeze which can make you cold. In addition to making sure your clothes won't get in your way while rafting, it's also important to consider what accessories are needed for sun protection since being on the water means more exposure to sunlight than usual. A hat and sunglasses are both essential items for keeping yourself safe from sunburns while out on the water. You should also put sunscreen on any exposed skin before leaving for the trip and bring along extra sunscreen to reapply during breaks if needed. It's also good idea to bring along a towel for drying off after swimming in the river or lake and a waterproof camera for taking pictures of yourself and friends out enjoying nature at its best.

What to wear rafting in the spring

  • Wetsuit
  • Life Jacket
  • Shoes (Waterproof)>
  • Hooded Jacket

Rafting in the spring calls for different gear than you'd use in the summer or fall. Here are some tips:

Don't forget your spring drytop, spring spraytop, and spring drypants to keep you dry in the water. If it's especially cold out and you want extra insulation, go for a hooded jacket or pants with fleece lining. (Sizing for wetsuits is different from street clothes—check our sizing chart to find your fit.) You'll also need a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) to wear while rafting (aka a life jacket). It's required on every river trip, so bring one that is both comfortable and warm in colder weather like an Astral Strobe PFD or Astral Hiyak PFD. To keep your feet warm and protected while rafting, consider neoprene booties.

You need to dress appropriately for the season and weather conditions

When you are getting ready for your rafting expedition, you should make sure that you wear appropriate clothing. The most important thing is to dress in layers because the weather can change very quickly while you are on the water and it’s important to be able to take clothes off or put them on as necessary.

In addition to being dressed appropriately for the season and weather conditions, if it is a whitewater rafting trip and there will be lots of splashing in the boat, wear quick drying clothes so that you won’t get too cold when you get wet, even if it is hot outside. You should try not to wear cotton, which gets heavy when it is wet. Try wearing a wicking base layer next to your skin and then polyester or fleece over that.

The bottom half of your body should also be covered with quick drying fabric like polyester or nylon so that they do not get weighed down by water while on the river. You may also want to consider wearing shorts over leggings so that your legs have some protection from sunburn and scrapes, but still have some ventilation so they don’t get too hot while paddling through rapids all day long. On cooler days, pants are ideal but make sure they aren’t too loose fitting at the ankles because they can fill up with water if they fall into the raft when going through large waves! Make sure whatever clothing items do go below knee length have elastic cuffs around them/hemline so no one gets caught up on anything else floating downstream (like rocks).

You also need to keep your feet dry as much as possible because this will prevent blisters from forming due to friction on wet skin surfaces caused by paddling against currents all day long in order stay upright! Wearing sandals or flip-flops isn’t ideal either since these types of footwear aren't really intended for this activity; instead opt for something more like sneakers.

What to take in the raft with you

These are the things you shopuld take with you in the raft:

  • Bring snacks with you
  • Bring sunscreen so you can apply some after a certain amount of time
  • Bring Water Bottles with you

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Conclusion

Remember that the type of rafting you do will inform what you wear; white water rafting will require more protective gear, for instance. You'll also want to make sure your outfit is seasonally appropriate and meets the weather conditions of the day. If you keep these tips in mind, there's nothing stopping you from having fun while staying comfortable on your next trip.

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