What to Wear Whitewater Rafting

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What to Wear Guide

What to Wear Whitewater Rafting

Tired of feeling unprepared? We hate that feeling ourselves—therefore we have prepared the ultimate guide for what to wear whitewater rafting! Cold weather, warm weather, uncertain weather—no need to worry, we have you covered.

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What to Wear Guide for Cold or Rainy Weather Rafting

    • Wool or synthetic garments are best. Cotton is not recommended—it will leave you wet, cold, and clammy
    • A good wool or synthetic cap can help significantly—40% of heat loss is through the head.
    • Wool socks are also recommended if you don’t have neoprene booties. Shoes that will stay on your feet are a must.
    • Be certain to bring a complete change of clothes and shoes plus a towel. (Wildwater provides HOT showers at each location).
    • Should you forget them, Wildwater’s stores has Chums, sunscreen, waterproof cameras, towels, and other necessary.
    • Wildwater trips that are “on-water” for more than 1hr. 30 min. also have access to rent wetsuits.
    • All Wildwater trips include: PFD, paddle, transportation, use of facilities, boat, nylon splash jack, helmet.

What to Wear Guide for Warm Weather Rafting

    • Bathing suits or shorts, T-shirt
    • Shoes that will stay on your feet (no flip-flops).
    • Cotton is not recommended, it will leave you wet, cold, and clammy.
    • Remember Sunscreen—the water reflects and enhances the chance of sunburn.
    • Be certain to bring a complete change of clothes and shoes plus a towel. (Wildwater provides HOT showers at each location).
    • Should you forget them, Wildwater’s stores has Chums, sunscreen, waterproof cameras, towels, and other necessary.
    • All Wildwater trips include: PFD (personal flotation device, paddle, transportation, use of facilities, boat, nylon splash jack, helmet.

Wildwater PFD Sizes:

  • Youth Jackets: fits chest size of 24”-29”, recommended 50-90 lbs.
  • Adult Standard: fits chest size of 30”-52”, recommended 90 lbs and greater.
  • Adult XXL: fits chest size of 52”-62”.

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