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What To Bring On Rafting Trips

One of the most common questions we receive at New Mexico River Adventures is, "What should I wear?" The best bet for staying comfortable in the cooler times on the river is to wear as much synthetic clothing as possible. During spring time and high runoff, we recommend that our guests wear a bathing suit under the provided wetsuit and splash gear. If you prefer to skip the wetsuit, capilene or polypropylene long underwear on top and bottom is the best bet along with fleece on the colder days. In the height of summer, swim trunks and a t-shirt or rash guard work really well. We do wear helmets on most of our trips and some people find that a baseball caps offer further sun protection underneath. One of the most important aspects of what to wear rafting is footwear. All of our guests are informed that flip flops are a no-no and we prefer if you wear aqua socks, any sandal with a heel strap or an old pair of tennis shoes.

Most of our guests love to bring a waterproof camera along on the trip. Many brands come equipped with an elastic strap that can hook onto the top latch on your lifejacket, making it easy to access throughout the trip. We do not recommend bring non-waterproof cameras or phones on the river with you. New Mexico River Adventures has a private photographer that will snap your hilarious expressions as you come through the last rapid and are available for purchase once you are back at our headquarters.

Another frequently asked question is, "What is a good tip for my guide?" Industry standard is anywhere from 10%-20% of the total trip cost factored in with the level of service you feel you received on your adventure. We know we have the best guides on the river, so every experience is top notch!