For a summer rafting adventure, you’ll often be most comfortable in a swimsuit or a pair of shorts and a t-shirt or long-sleeved top. That said, you always want to have layers for chillier conditions, such as an overcast day with a stiff wind. Avoid cotton garments, which lose insulating properties when wet and dry slowly. NRS is our favorite to buy clothing from!
Proper footwear is an essential element to rafting. Flip-flops are tempting (and, mind you, they’re excellent for slipping into at the campsite) but inappropriate, as they provide insufficient protection for your feet and are too easy to dislodge and lose. Better choices are water shoes, river boots, sneakers, or robust rubber-soled sandals with straps. Chacos are a raft guide favorite.
SUN PROTECTION WHILE RAFTING
In whitewater rafting on the Ocoee River or really any other outdoor activity, it’s all too easy to neglect to adequately protect yourself from the sun’s rays. It’s not just the sunlight beaming down from above; it’s also the intense reflection off the water’s surface. Be sure to bring water-resistant sunscreen that’s rated at SPF 50. You can order some of our favorite sunscreen here at Outland.
When you’re not strapped into a helmet for bouncing down the rapids, a sun hat is critical. You might also consider using a bandanna to protect your neck and upper back.
Sunglasses are also handy for cutting down glare and shielding your face—just remember to attach them to straps!
WHAT TO BRING AFTER RAFTING
For raft the rafting trip be sure to bring a pair of dry clothes to change into and a towel. Don’t forget to bring extra spending money for souvenirs, pictures and tipping your guide.
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