What to Wear White Water Rafting
Preparing for a white water rafting trip is easier than you think when you're rafting with a Maine outfitter, as they provide much of what you need for a rafting trip so you can just enjoy your adventure down the river rapids. Our recommendation is to leave valuable belongings including your cell phone or wallet back at the rafting center or in your car. There is a strong likelihood you will get wet during your rafting trip - anything that's not waterproof or irreplaceable is at risk. You can ask your raft guide for a dry bag to keep personal items with you protected from the water, but the safest spot is high and dry out on land, not in the raft.
What you should bring for the rafting trip includes what you're wearing, and wearing the wrong attire can deter from your rafting experience - that's how you lose a shoe! Finding a good Maine rafting company and wearing the right clothing will make for a better rafting trip, less concern for your stuff, so you can focus on a fun filled rafting day.
Your Maine rafting guides will provide your life jackets, safety helmets, paddles, towels and lunch, which makes preparing for your rafting trip easier. Your rafting outfitters will often allow you to purchase a waterproof camera or rent extra gear including a wetsuit, waterproof booties and splash tops designed to keep you comfortable. Dressing in layers and being prepared for blazing hot sun to shivering cold water is smart. And your own "dry bag" may prove helpful too.
Recommended Rafting Gear and Items:
During the spring and fall, it is advised that you wear warmer clothing including woolen or technical fabric clothing as it resists water absorption. Staying dry, or at the very least drying fast, will help you stay warm during your white water rafting trip. In the warm summer days, some guys opt to leave their shirts behind or wear long sleeve cotton shirts because cotton retains water well and takes a while to dry; so it keeps you cool and helps protect your skin from UV rays. You may prefer to wear a polyester material however as it wicks away moisture, dries quickly, and doesn't get heavy and soggy like cotton.
Once you have the right gear for your rafting trip with a certified Maine guide and outfitter, you're on your way to an adventure you'll remember in comfort!