How to Prevent Sunburn While Rafting

Rafting is an exciting outdoor activity, but it also puts you at risk of sunburn, especially if you’re out on the water for an extended period. Sunburns can be painful and can lead to long-term skin damage, so it’s essential to protect yourself from the sun while rafting. Here are some tips to help prevent sunburn while rafting:

people on a rafting trip

Prevent Sunburn

Wear appropriate clothing

Wearing lightweight, long-sleeved shirts and pants can provide a barrier between your skin and the sun’s harmful UV rays. Choose clothing that is breathable, quick-drying, and has a tight weave to protect you from the sun. A wide-brimmed hat and/or a neck cover will protect the back of your neck from sun exposure as well.

Apply sunscreen

Use broad-spectrum sunscreen with an SPF (sun protection factor) of at least 30. Choose a water-resistant sunscreen that won’t wash off easily in the water. Apply it generously to all exposed areas of your skin, including your face, neck, arms, and legs. Don’t forget commonly missed areas such as your ears, lips (use lip balm with SPF protection), and back of your neck. Reapply every two hours or more often if you’re sweating or in the water.

Seek shade

Since you will be exposed to the sun for most of your rafting trip, be sure to seek out shade periodically. Find a tree, a rock, or a shady spot on the riverbank to rest and reapply sunscreen.

Drink plenty of water

Staying hydrated is essential when you’re exposed to the sun for an extended period and can help prevent sunburn and other heat-related illnesses. Drink plenty of water and avoid alcohol and caffeine, which can dehydrate you.

Consider wearing sunglasses

Your eyes can also be damaged by the sun. Wearing sunglasses can protect your eyes from the sun’s harmful UV rays.

Last Thoughts

Remember, sunburn can occur even on cloudy days, so it’s important to protect yourself from the sun’s rays any time you go rafting. By following these tips, you can enjoy your rafting adventure without worrying about sunburn.