Review the materials provided by your outfitter. if you are going to paddle with friends and / or family, share this with them. Ask them for specific questions one-one.
PROVIDED BY THE OUTFITTER. Your outfitter will provide river gear that includes life vests (pfd) , splash/nylon tops and bottoms if it is cool, wetsuits and neoprene booties if it is downright chilly, and helmets for some whitewater rafting trips.
TO BRING WITH YOU. What you take depends on where you are going and for how long. Whether you are crossing open water or taking a day trip on a lazy river. This section is not comprehensive or meant to be all you need to know before you go. It is best to consult with someone with experience and knowledge of the area if you are going it alone. If you are using an outfitter, consult with them about what you should bring and what they provide.
If you are paddling on your own, let someone know where you are going and when you expect to return. Always wear you pfd. Take a water bottle, first aid kit, and a small waterproof sack for sunscreen and medication that needs to be taken during the day, and a snack like a granola bar for day trips. Consider taking a flash light if you are going to be out at dusk or in the event you get caught by the dark. A whistle can help you attract attention. Understand local hazards and conditions, such as low head dams or high water. Even logs across a stream can block passage. Respect the rights of private land owners. Ask before you cross their property.
HAVE A GREAT TRIP!
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