What Should You Bring Rafting?
The second step in every trip—right after signing up—is the packing list. Some people are naturals at this step, with a whole notebook of equipment lists for every type of trip you can think of. Others find themselves launched into immediate blind panic as soon as the packing pressure is on. But whether you fall into the first category or the second, don’t worry—we’ve got some tips for the pros and a nice easy list for those who find equipping themselves correctly for their trip to be more of a challenge.
1. Base layers (not cotton)
Every citizen of Seattle knows that our weather can be unpredictable at the best of times—and when it’s predictable, it’s just raining. Make sure to bring some wool or synthetic underlayers on your Washington river rafting trip, especially if it’s early in the season.
2. Foot protection
Sandals (outdoor and ready for water), old tennis shoes or rafting booties are all great options for foot protection. Washington rivers, especially those best for rafting, tend to have rocky beds and beaches; sharp rocks are not kind to bare feet.
3. Warm Socks
Wool socks might be the best things ever invented. I bring them on every single trip, with an extra pair in my car for once I’m off the river. Synthetic socks work too, for on the water or afterwards—sometimes a nice, clean pair of socks that will keep even wet feet warm is the nearest thing to nirvana after a river rafting trip.
4. Extra layers
It can get cold out in the mountains. Triad River Tours provides wetsuits for rent on all of our river trips, but if it’s especially chilly you might want a fleece or a pair of rain pants over your first layer. These can be nice for after the trip too. Paddling will keep you warm on the river, but as soon as you stop moving you can cool off very quickly. Having a coat to throw on as soon as you reach your car is a great idea.
5. Food and water
River rafting leaves paddlers pretty hungry. Pack a lunch and a full waterbottle to leave in your car for after your trip if you have a morning run down the river, or eat a bit before your scheduled put-in if you have an afternoon trip.
Now that you have an equipment list in hand, you’re ready to head down the river with Triad River Tours! If you have any more questions about what to bring on your Washington whitewater rafting trip, check out the packing lists for each trip on our website or call our office. Happy rafting!