Girls Guide to Overnight River Trips: How to Stay Stunning on the River

girls guide to overnight rafting

No matter where we live, we all appreciate new experiences that make life more interesting and challenging. At ACE, that’s where a river overnight comes in. It’s a mix of some good ol’ fashioned fun with an evening sitting riverside eating great food and being lulled to sleep by the sounds of the current passing by.

Unplugged from work, responsibilities, electricity… it’s a dream for many, but not for everyone. A river overnight also means unplugging the hair dryer, flat iron and clothes iron. If leaving your mirror, make-up and hot shower at home make you shudder, fear not.  We’ve compiled a few need-to-knows to keep you looking and feeling good. After all, stunning on the river means you look like you belong: naturally beautiful and relaxed.

Clothes aka Gear: Gear is outdoor speak for clothes and accessories.  We all hate that feeling when we show up wearing the wrong thing, and we don’t want that to happen to you. We suggest:

  • A Sensible Bathing Suit: Note the emphasis on sensible. You’ll be wearing a PFD (life jacket), so a suit with beads or lots of strings might chafe or rub. Additionally you’ll want to avoid wardrobe malfunctions. If you have a super styling bikini, save it for an afternoon at the ACE Lake.
  • River Shoes: We recommend a sturdy pair of water sandals.  Buckles work better than Velcro in wet conditions. These shoes are made for wet rocks and are great for hiking to the bathroom.
  • Clothes Made of Synthetic Fabric: These fabrics wick moisture and dries quickly, so if a cool breeze comes through at the end of the day, you’ll still be comfortable. Many of these fabrics can also provide SPF/UV protection and repel bugs. Check your hangtags.
  • Layers: dressing in layers helps you regulate your body temperature… and looks good.
  • Sunglasses: Leave your fashion shades in the car and get a pair of sporty wrap around shades for the river. Wrap around shades protect your eyes in the outdoors, and are especially helpful at reducing light that reflects in all directions off the water. You’ll also need a sunglass strap, for when your sunglasses fall off you won’t lose them in the river.

If you have questions about gear we highly recommend that you stop by the ACE Gear Shop and talk with our expert staff.

  • Hair and Make-up: You’ll want to leave your full make-up kit and hair products at home. Even makeup that says 100% waterproof doesn’t stand a chance with whitewater. Besides there aren’t any mirrors on the river. Leave the eye-shadow, eye-liner, mascara and blush at home and pack just the essentials.
  • Sunscreen: No river trip should ever be undertaken without waterproof sunscreen. You’ll need 2, one for your body and one for your face. You can get a tinted face sunscreen if you really can’t live without foundation.
  • Lip Balm/Gloss: A tinted lip balm, or gloss is fine and brings the right amount of glam to the river, make sure your balm or gloss has SPF in it.
  • Bug Repellent vs. Perfume: Perfume attracts bugs, bugs leave red welts and make you itch. Bug repellent repels bugs. We’re not going say anything else about this; you know which one to bring.
  • Hair and Hats: Keep in mind that for your day on the river you will be wearing a helmet, and they don’t do anything to make your hair look good. That being said, we recommend ponytails or braids for longer hair. If you have shorter hair, it’s probably going to stick out of the helmet, it will annoy you, but everyone else will think it looks cute. Start your braid or ponytail below your ears, so you won’t give yourself a headache. For that same reason, avoid hair clips and headbands. Use hair elastics. Hats rarely fit under helmets, but are great for riverside stops.
  • Nails: If you can’t go without nail polish, wear clear or very light colors so when your polish chips it won’t be noticeable. If you have long nails or tips, we recommend you trim them. Or bring clippers, a file and superglue for when they break.
  • Toilets and Showers: There aren’t any. We recommend you chat with your guide to get the full scoop on river bathroom etiquette. Pack wipes and search ”poison ivy images” so you don’t accidentally find yourself in a patch of this itchy plant.

We know it’s hard to break routines and patterns, but we also know that the experience of being outside and on the river is a great way to recharge. And nothing is prettier than a genuine smile!

We hope this girls guide to overnight river trips helps you stay as beautiful on the outside as you already are on the inside. And don’t forget: ‘Life is either a daring adventure or nothing at all.’ Helen Keller


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