Whitewater Rafting Essentials

Posted July 25, 2013 by Denise Karapinar

Hey guys! Denise here with All-Outdoors!

In a matter of weeks I have been put through a river CRASH COURSE! I went from not know much about rafting at all, to feeling extremely comfortable with life out on the river. I just thought I would share some of the things I have learned with you all. First, and perhaps most importantly, what are the essential items needed for your first (or second, or third) whitewater rafting adventure!

Coming into all of this as a newbie can be a little intimidating, right? I know I was pretty nervous going out onto the river my first time. I am so glad I didn’t let my nerves get the best of me, because rafting is now one of my favorite activities! I was hooked after one trip.

Hopefully these tips will ease your minds, so you can get out on the river with AO, and start having some FUN!!!

What To Do

Apply Sunscreen

Seriously … SUNSCREEN. I cannot emphasize this enough. Put it EVERYWHERE. Make sure it is waterproof too. I am pretty dark, and don’t burn easily. my first trip I thought, “pshhh … who needs it, I am not doing to burn”. Well .. the river and the sun sure showed me. I had a nice little reminder of my over confidence for a couple days.

Little tip – Right before the trip, avoid applying sunscreen to the back or your legs, and your forehead. Legs can get slippery in the raft, and no one wants sweaty sunscreen in their eyes!


Make sure you eat a good, healthy breakfast. You will need the energy! Rafting is exhilarating! You want to be awake for it.  Also, make sure you are well hydrated before, and during the trip.

What To Wear

  • A bathing suit
  • Shorts and a Tank Top (or full coverage for people who are more sensitive to sun)
  • Sandals or shoes that STRAP IN. The river will take your flip flops and crocs as a sacrifice!
  • A hat and sunglasses can be useful if you are sensitive to the sun

What To Bring

All you really need on a one day trip is the right kind of “river wear” above, and a smile! Also if you have kids, a friend, or a significant other … bring them too. Do not forget your team at home!

If you so chose, you can also bring:

  • Waterproof camera (that you can strap onto yourself somewhere)
  • Water bottle (though water is provided for you)
  • Medications you might need
  • Change of clothes, a towel, and some flip flops for your ride home

DO NOT bring

  • Your phone
  • Pets
  • Music Devices
  • Jewelry
  • Watches

That’s All Folks!

Your guides, and the awesome people at AO take care of everything else for you! Just bring yourself, the right kind of outfit, and an adventurous spirit!

Let All-Outdoors take care of the rest!

For more information, check out our trip planning guides HERE.


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