When you are planning your first rafting trip, you will likely be full of questions about what to bring, wear and do.
In this post, learn five helpful tips that can get you ready for your very first rafting trip.
Tip 1: Always take a safety-first approach.
Anytime you venture out beyond the comforts of civilization, you will need to take extra precautions for your safety as well as your enjoyment during the trip.
Here are some safety supplies that you should plan to bring along:
– Sunscreen and bug spray.
– Sun repellant, lightweight clothing and a hat with a wind strap.
– Life jacket and emergency whistle with neck cord.
– Any personal medications and extra prescription glasses or sunglasses with straps.
– A basic first aid kit that includes band-aids, sanitizing spray, pain relievers, antiseptic wipes, antibiotic ointment, sport tape and gauze.
Tip 2: Be sure you are physically fit.
While rafting down the river doesn’t require you to be an Olympian, it will ask a lot of your arms, shoulders and back in particular. If this isn’t your area of strength (and even if it is), it can be a good idea to do some preparatory training. This will ensure you aren’t too sore to enjoy the trip or even to continue the trip!
Hare are some suggestions for good exercises:
– Chest presses.
– Squats and lunges.
Tip 3: Pick the right difficulty level for your level of experience.
If you are going white water rafting, for instance, there are six levels of difficulty.
A Class I level is the easiest white water rafting trip and is perfect for a beginner. A Class Level VI is the most difficult and should only be undertaken by expert rafters.
Tip 4: Find out what your tour offers.
If you plan to raft with a guide, then it is likely your tour price includes a number of perks, including the raft, a life vest, instructions, basic first aid and meals. Find out what is provided so you don’t carry more gear than is absolutely necessary.
Tip 5: Always leave your itinerary with a family member or close friend.
Finally, whether you will have a guide or are going solo, it is critical to let someone know what your itinerary is and when you should return.
You should also establish check-in times so your emergency contact will know when to alert local officials if you don’t check in.
These five tips will help ensure your first big rafting adventure is a big success in every way.