Top 5 Things to Bring Rafting

December 21, 2012 · Posted in Travel 

When planning a rafting trip it is important to make sure you have everything you need.  In most cases you will have to travel a little ways to get to your rafting location so forgetting something important could delay your day by several hours, or even mean that you have to cancel it.  With this in mind, it can be very helpful to make a list of all the critical items you want to bring with you.  The following are just a few of the most important items to help you get your list started.  Please keep in mind that this is not an exhaustive list, but it is a good start and each of these things are important for the success of any rafting adventure.



  • Proper Clothing – Depending on the weather you’re going to want to have a bathing suit or a wet suit to wear while on the water.  This is especially true for whitewater rafting since you will undoubtedly get quite wet during your trip.  In addition, bring some dry clothes which you can change into for your trip home.
  • Safety Gear – You will absolutely need a life jacket, but depending on the river you might need other items as well.  For particularly dangerous rapids you may want a helmet and even a first aid kit.  Make sure you know all about the river you’re going on so you can plan your safety gear accordingly.
  • Food in Waterproof Container – Many people like to spend a whole day rafting, and if that’s the case you’re going to want to bring some food with you.  Make sure you pack it in a waterproof container.  If you’re planning on getting off the river and cooking over a fire you’re going to need a lighter or dry matches as well.
  • Identification – IF you’re planning on renting any equipment you will likely need to have your driver’s license or other identification with you.  In addition, if you happen to get hurt you’ll want this information on you to make any trip to the doctor quick and easy.
  • Liquids – Even though you’ll be surrounded by water the whole time, rafting can be hard work and cause you to become dehydrated quite quickly.  Bring plenty of bottled water, Gatorade or other drinks to keep you well hydrated throughout the trip.  Drinking plenty of liquids can help keep your energy up and keep you focused the whole time.

Of course, there are many other things that you’ll want to bring along for the trip. Waterproof cameras, Tevas and sunglasses are always a good idea. These are just a few of the most important items that most people will need on every trip.  When planning out your rafting adventure it is often helpful to make a full list of everything you want a day or two before you leave so you can start packing as soon as possible.  This is the best way to make sure you don’t forget anything, and it will also help you to be able to leave on time the day of the trip.

This Blog was provided by New Mexico River Adventures.  To learn more please visit their website about New Mexico river rafting.

New Mexico Whitewater Rafting

New Mexico Whitewater Rafting

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