Preparing for a rafting adventure can take some work and planning, but it will pay off by helping you get ready to have the safest and best time. Here are five things you need to know before you go on a rafting trip.
Rafting is a Sport
When you watch rafters on video or television, it may not look like they are doing that much work. But in truth, rafting can burn 300 or more calories for each hour of rafting exertion.
So you will want to get as fit as you can before your rafting trip so you avoid the discomfort of extra soreness during the trip.
Rafting Safety Is a Must
When you are rafting, you are away from civilization, cell phone service and all the comforts of home. Of course, this is why most people go rafting! But if you do experience an injury or get ill, you will be far away from your usual sources of medical care.
So be sure you bring along a basic first aid kit and some basic instructions so you can treat any minor injury and go back to enjoying the trip.
Rafting Requires Proper Protective Attire
For most tours, wearing a life vest and a helmet of some sort are required. This is because, in the case you do fall out of the raft, you will be as protected as possible until you can be retrieved.
If you plan to raft without a guide, you should still wear a helmet and life vest as well as lightweight clothing that dries quickly.
Rafting Exposes You to the Elements
Even if your big day arrives and the weather seems cool or overcast, this doesn’t mean you won’t be exposed to the full spectrum of ultraviolet rays and sun. Also, the you are out on the water, the sun will reflect off the water and be more intense.
So slather on the sunscreen. For extra protection, wear a sun-repellant hat (with a chin strap). Also be sure to wear UV-blocking sunglasses (with a strap) for eye protection.
Pick the Right Difficulty Level for Your Skill
If you are just learning to raft, you don’t want to sign up for a Level VI course. This is the hardest level! Even if you think it will be too easy, you may want to start out with a Level I course so you can learn the basics in a stress-free environment.
By taking the time to learn what you need to know, do and plan for before your rafting trip, you can prepare physically, mentally and safety-wise to have the most memorable and fun trip possible.