You still have time to enjoy a summer whitewater rafting trip down the Ocoee River. For many, the hot temperatures and sunny days make this season ideal for all outdoor activities, rafting in particular. Gather your friends and family, and prepare for an adventure none of you will ever forget. But first, stock up on the essential gear!
Dehydration, heat strokes and plenty of other harmful hot weather health problems can be easily avoided as long as you know what to pack. Some whitewater rafting tours can take up to three hours to complete (Raft One offers partial and full river trips). There will be some stops along the way, but the right clothing will make all the difference as far as your safety and comfort are concerned.
Rafting Apparel for Beginners
Lightweight materials are a must in the summer. In addition to allowing enough air flow to keep you cool, nylon shorts are very quick to dry. After spending a morning getting soaked in the river, the last thing you want is a pair of soaked trousers come lunch time. Jean shorts are a big no-no for this reason.
For your shirt, it pays to keep things simple. A basic cotton tee is the best choice for rafting in hot weather. Along with being affordable and comfortable, this fabric works wonders at protecting your skin from the sun’s UV rays. You can also dip your t-shirt in the water for a refreshing dose of comfort! Breathable mesh works equally as well for staying cool, but just remember to pack and apply a quality sunscreen. SPF 30 or higher is recommended given the direct sunlight exposure.
You would be wise to leave your expensive pair of sneakers at home the day of the trip, but do not make the rookie mistake of wearing flip flops or boots either. Used shoes will keep your feet fully protected and are more durable than the alternative. They also minimize your risk of developing blisters, something that can instantly ruin an otherwise enjoyable Ocoee River rafting tour.
Sunglasses are last on the equipment list. Buy a set that offer UVA/UVB protection and are equipped with a retention strap. The latter will help keep the glasses on your face when the waves get rocky!