What to Wear When Rafting

The clothing you wear while rafting during spring and early summer can make a big difference in your comfort and safety on the water. Here are some tips on what to wear for spring and early summer rafting.

Wetsuit or Drysuit

In the spring and early summer, the water may still be quite cold. Consider wearing a wetsuit or drysuit to keep your body warm and protected from the chilly water. A wetsuit is made of neoprene material that traps a thin layer of water between your skin and the suit, which is then warmed by your body heat. A drysuit, on the other hand, is a waterproof suit that keeps you completely dry and is best suited for colder water temperatures.

Moisture-wicking layers

Even if you’re wearing a wetsuit or drysuit, it’s essential to wear moisture-wicking layers underneath to keep you dry and comfortable. Avoid cotton as it retains moisture and can leave you feeling damp and cold. Instead, opt for synthetic materials like polyester or nylon that wick moisture away from your skin.

Quick-drying shorts or pants

When it’s warm outside, you may not want to wear a full wetsuit or drysuit. In this case, quick-drying shorts or pants, such as a swimsuit, are made from synthetic materials and can be a good option. They will dry quickly and won’t weigh you down when wet.

Water shoes or sandals

Closed-toe water shoes or sandals with good grip are essential for keeping your feet protected while rafting. Avoid flip flops or anything that can easily slip off your feet in the water.

Sun protection

Even in the spring and early summer, the sun can be strong and cause sunburns. Wear a hat with a brim to protect your face, neck, and ears from the sun. Apply sunscreen with at least SPF 30 to any exposed skin, and reapply as needed.

By wearing the right clothing and gear, you can stay safe and comfortable while enjoying your spring and early summer rafting adventure.