What to Bring

If you are joining a commercial outfitter for a rafting trip, you have a shorter list of “to bring” items than if you are on a private trip. Typically, the outfitter will provide food and drink, all rafting equipment, etc., that you may need during your trip. On a commercial trip, think of the items you’ll need to bring as belonging to one of three categories – things to wear on the river, things to wear after the trip, and items to take in the raft.

Wear on the River in Warm Conditions:

  • Quick dry shorts/bathing suit
  • Synthetic shirt for warmth and sun protection
  • Sturdy footwear – sandals with straps (no flip-flops), sneakers, wetsuit boots
  • Hat with brim to protect face from sun
  • Sunglasses with retainer strap
  • Avoid all cotton clothing, as cotton gets cold when wet…

Wear on the River in Cool/Cold/Rainy Conditions:

  • Important! Avoid all cotton items, as cotton gets cold when wet…
  • Outer layer of windproof and waterproof jacket
  • Outer layer of windproof and waterproof pants
  • Thin, snug, warm hat
  • Synthetic or wool socks
  • Synthetic long sleeve shirt(s) and layers
  • Synthetic long underwear layer for legs
  • Consider renting a wetsuit from the outfitter

Wear/Bring After the Trip:

  • Set of dry clothes, shoes and socks – warmer gear if cool temperatures after trip
  • Bag for wet clothes

What To Take in the Raft:

  • Small tube of sunscreen that fits in a pocket
  • Water bottles – preferably with carabiners to attach to raft
  • Snacks, if not provided by outfitter

Article by Frank Mooney, Crab Apple Whitewater Rafting ownership family
Deerfield River guide since 1990, Millers River guide since 1991, Kennebec River guide since 1991, Dead River guide since 1991, West River guide since 1991. Total of over 2,200 river days and over 15,000 river miles.

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