What to Bring White Water Rafting in Maine

Perhaps one of the most often asked and hardest to answer question is what to bring white water rafting in Maine? Here’s a small whitewater rafting packing list of essential items to bring on your rafting or river boarding trip at Penobscot Adventures.


Basic Whitewater Rafting Packing List

One-Day Rafting Trips and Adventures

  • Must Have Supplies
    • Swimsuit
    • Quick-drying shorts
    • Synthetic clothing: fleece, polypropylene, Capilene, etc. (spring/fall)
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses with strap
    • Secure footwear: old sneakers, water shoes, sandals with ankle strap – no flip-flops
    • Prudent personal medication: EpiPen, inhalers, heart medication, etc.
  • Optional Comforts
    • Waterproof camera (disposable cameras work great)
    • Personal wetsuit, splash jacket/pants
    • Dry clothes for the ride home

Multi-Day White Water Rafting Trips and Adventures

  • What You Need
    • Swimsuit
    • Quick-drying shorts
    • Synthetic clothing: fleece, polypropylene, Capilene, etc.
    • Sunscreen
    • Water bottle
    • Sunglasses with strap
    • Secure footwear: old sneakers, water shoes, sandals with ankle strap – no flip-flops
    • Prudent personal medication: EpiPen, inhalers, heart medication, etc.
    • Long pants/long-sleeve shirt
    • Closed-toe camp shoes/hiking boots
    • Warm jacket and warm top
    • Raincoat
    • Winter hat
    • Insect repellent
    • Flashlight/headlamp
    • Sleeping bag/ground pad
    • Tent
    • Toiletry kit
  • Well Equipped Guests Will Have
    • Waterproof camera (disposable cameras work great)
    • Personal wetsuit, splash jacket/pants
    • Dry clothes for the ride home
    • Reading/journal material
    • Day pack for hikes
    • Musical instruments
    • Binoculars
    • Field guides: birding books, etc.
    • Limited amount of personal beer/wine/spirits
    • Small pillow
    • One or two trash bags/large zip-locks for packing wet gear

 Wet Suit Rentals:

On the spring and fall rafting trips we need you to wear a wetsuit while on the river. You are welcome to rent one of our suits or bring one of your own. Rental of a full wetsuit is $12.00, a half is $6.00, spray tops are $6.00 and wetsuit boots are $5.00. The whole suit is $20 a savings of $3.00. Bring wool or fleece socks.

Please don’t forget to bring a change of dry clothing and footwear for your trip home!