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What You Need for a Rafting Trip


In my circles, I’m known as the outdoorsy, adventurous type. I love hiking, swimming, and am a total health and sports nut. However, when someone from my group of friends suggested we all take a nice trip at first I was almost squealing with joy, that is, until I heard the word ‘rafting’. Don’t get me wrong, I love water, but unpredictable water and being on what seemed like a tiny boat with a whole bunch of people on it - what could go wrong, huh? To say I was reluctant would be an enormous understatement. My knee-jerk reaction was no, but after some (plenty) of convincing, I caved, and I have to tell you, I couldn’t be more glad that I did, because it was hands-down one of the best, most thrilling, adrenaline-filled experiences of my life. Now, as someone who was a complete neophyte, I made it my mission to be as prepared as humanly possible, so I did my homework and found everything there is to know in terms of what one needs for a rafting trip. This list may sound just a tad excessive to you, but trust me, it’s better to carry too many than too few items. So, let’s dive in because there is plenty of ground to cover.

Personal hygiene and co
I am a total type A when it comes to everything, including buying toiletries. So even though most lists that I’ve read beforehand mentioned ‘toiletries’ in general, I decided to interpret the word in my own way and bring along everything that I would take to any other trip. Of course, in order to save space, I purchased travel-size shower gels, lotions, conditioners. I brought my own moisturizer because I knew that spending so much time outside would leave my skin parched, and I made sure to bring it along with me wherever I go. 
One of my all-time favorites has become the Noni Glow oil by Kora Organics and I was certainly not going to travel without it because it does a wonderful job at keeping my skin glowing and hydrated. As for the rest of my products, my ride and die are the products from the Neostrata line. I swear by their glycolic face wash as well as their soothing cream, so when I saw that one of the rafting trip must-haves was good sunscreen I had no doubt in my mind that I would be going with their STP Moisturiser SPF 50+. For everyone who burns easily, I highly recommend something with an SPF as high as this, and even if you don’t burn that much, bear in mind that you’ll be spending a lot of time outside, so it’s always better to be safe than sorry. Never, ever forget to bring a bug spray along or you’ll be eaten alive. I brought my trusty lip balm – chapped lips can be such a hassle, so don’t forget that, ever. Now, of course, deodorant, toothbrush, paste, and feminine products are essential – you never know when you’re period might surprise you, so even if you’re not expecting it, be prepared for the unexpected.

The clothes (or how I became a rebel)
Most rafting sites will tell you to bring along synthetic, polypropylene and wool clothing, and I obeyed the rules in terms of socks, long underwear (this will save you during those chilly evenings in the camp), summer sun shirts, beanies, and fleece jackets as I do know these items tend to get wet and you do want them dried as soon as possible. However, being a creature of comfort, I also snuck in some of my favorite cotton goodies, which are generally frowned upon. After all, you won’t be spending your entire trip hiking and on a boat; there are plenty of those chill times when you can just wear whatever feels good, so if you want to bring your comfy cotton pajamas, sundresses, even shorts and hoodies if you want.
Trust me, you will be cozy enough, especially during those times when the day winds down and you’re all just hanging around preparing dinner. By all means, don’t forget a bathing suit, and make sure it’s made of a fabric that dries down quickly - you want to stay dry and not catch a cold, that’s the last thing you need to ruin your trip. Top that off with a pair of swimming shoes – just trust me on this one, this aren’t sandy beaches, so you definitely need them. Raincoats are mandatory, as you never know what kind of weather expects you, and even if it doesn’t rain, it always comes in handy during those windy nights.

All that footwear

Aside from the aforementioned swimming shoes, you’ll want to bring a pair of old but still in good shape sneakers. You’ll be wearing these around the camp a lot, so don’t bring anything too fancy – sneakers get dirty in nature. Don’t bring flip-flops or anything that can just slide off the foot. As for ‘adventure shoes’ I have one piece of advice that will absolutely save your life - don’t pull a Wild and go with a pair of new shoes because they will absolutely kill your feet. If you don’t already have a pair of suitable shoes and you need to purchase new ones, do it ahead of time and wear them around the house to break them in. This will save your feet, so you’re welcome.