Essential Tips for Warmth in Spring White Water Rafting

what to wear on a spring white water rafting trip

Spring white water rafting tips to stay warm

Updated Feb 27, 2024

Planning a spring white water rafting trip? You are in the right place! Spring is one of the best seasons to enjoy a rafting trip on American River. In this blog we will discuss the best ways to stay warm and comfortable on your spring whitewater rafting trip.

What is the weather like for spring rafting trips?

The California weather March, April, and May can be unpredictable. From warm sunshine to chilly rainstorms, conditions can change rapidly so its important to dress appropriately. Its easy to cool off if you get too warm and much harder to warm up. Spr

Will it rain on my spring rafting trip?

Its possible that it will rain on spring trips, but rain can add excitement to your rafting adventure! The rain is often warmer than water splashed on you. To learn more about rafting in the rain, check out our blog on the topic.

What do I wear on spring whitewater trips?

For optimal warmth, opt for synthetic materials such as rash guards or fleece/wool for insulation, either alone or layered. It’s crucial to have a base layer snug against your skin with a thicker layer on top. Keep your feet cozy with wool socks or wetsuit booties—avoid cotton as it retains cold.

On our spring trips, wetsuits and windbreakers are complimentary! You can layer the same garments underneath your wetsuit. Swim shorts and leggings can also be worn beneath wetsuits for added warmth.

What else should I wear on a rafting trip in the spring?

On spring trips, wetsuits and Splash jackets are a must, and are complimentary when rafting with us! You can layer the same garments underneath your wetsuit. Swim shorts and leggings can also be worn beneath wetsuits for added warmth.

What kind of shoes should I wear?

Close toed shoes like river shoes or old tennis shoes are the best for spring rafting trips. Not only will they stay on your feet, but they will protect and help insulate the wool socks.

Dressing with the right layers, wearing a wetsuit, and having a positive attitude will set you up to have a great spring rafting trip! If you have any questions, be sure to call and ask our staff, as we have the experience and expertise to point you in the right direction.

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