It may not be the same as getting ready for a first date but getting ready for your first rafting adventure is just as – if not more – important. Being properly attired will help you stay comfortable and add to your overall experience.
DO: Choose weather appropriate clothing
Temperatures can fluctuate greatly throughout rafting season. If you’re hitting the river on a hot summer day, guys and gals should wear tee shirts and comfortable shorts. Gals: If you just wear a bathing suit your thighs will be rubbing on a rubber raft and will get uncomfortable. Guys: You want to wear some kind of shirt because those life jackets can get scratchy against your bare skin.
If you’re rafting on a cooler day, wear fabrics such as polypropylene or synthetic fleece. These fabrics will help keep you warm. Our Nantahala rafting center also rents wetsuits.
DON’T: Wear jewelry/watches
Leave the expensive jewelry at home. Fingers can get cold which can cause them to shrink and rings may fall off. Anything you hold precious doesn’t belong on a river trip.
DON’T: Wear extra bulk
Keep your attire simple and lightweight. Blue jeans and sweatpants will actually make you colder and the weight will make you uncomfortable when it gets wet.
Yep you will get wet!
DON’T: Wear glasses
Glasses will get wet and you’ll be trying to see around splotchy water spots. There is always a chance that you might lose them in the river as well. If you feel like you have to wear glasses don’t wear expensive ones just in case they end up in the river. We do sell eyeglass holders in our store but they cannot 100% guarantee that glasses will not come off.
DON’T: Forget to protect yourself from the sun
Sunscreen is a good idea for most people while on the river.
DO: Wear appropriate footwear
The most common injuries on a river trip are foot injuries. Regular shoes and boots are not a good choice for a rafting trip. You are required to wear a securely fitting shoe of some kind. Flip flops are not securely fitting since they do not have straps to hold them onto your foot. If the weather is cool, wool socks are recommended.
DON’T: Forget a change of clothes
You will need dry clothes and shoes to change into after your trip. You will be wet. Did we say that already? We sell outstanding tee shirts in our store so check those out as well.
DO: Leave your car keys in the office
Lock everything in your vehicle and leave those keys with the office. If those keys go in the river they will not come back out.
Rolling Thunder River Company works hard to make sure you have an enjoyable river rafting experience that will have you coming back time after time. If you have any questions about what to wear or what to bring please do not hesitate to call or email us. Our staff is more than willing to help you plan the perfect river trip.