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What You'll Need for a Rafting Trip

Jul 14, 2008
Rafting trips can be a fun adventure for the whole family. If you are beginning to prepare for a rafting trip, you will want to make a list of all the things that you will need in order to make this trip a fun, happy time for you and whoever you are taking the trip with.

First, you will want to consider the weather conditions during your trip. What time of the season are you planning on? And where? There are many different options for a rafting trip, so you will want to first pick out the place you want to go rafting. Then, a quick check of the average summer temperatures will tell you the kind of clothing that you will need to pack for your trip. Remember to pack the sunscreen as well.

The weather can also be unpredictable in many parts of the country where rafting is popular, so you may want to bring something extra along to keep yourself dry from any rain that may fall during your trip. On sunny days, though, all you will need to wear are shorts, a t-shirt, and a sweatshirt for early morning and late evening. A swim suit is also a recommendation since you will be spending a lot of time on the water.

For your feet, you will want to get a good pair of rafting shoes. These shoes are designed to stay on your feet, even if you end up in the water. They are also designed to get wet, so there are not problems with getting them in the water.

Rafting trips are often conducted over more than one day, so you will need to bring a few personal items for overnight stays. These will most likely include a change of clothing, toiletries, a sleeping bag, flashlight, and any fishing gear that you might want to take with you.

If you want to capture your trip on camera, there are dry bags that are located on rafts that will be able to keep your camera safe and dry, but it is still best if you bring a waterproof camera with you in case the bags do acquire a leak. If you do not have a waterproof camera, do not bring your expensive equipment on a rafting trip unless you are willing to part with it at any given moment. You can pick up a disposable camera for a few dollars and feel better if it does happen to get ruined or fall off the raft.

Rafting trips usually go together in a group, so there are different options for meals when you are on your trip. If the company you are rafting with serves you meals, you will have nothing to worry about. If you have any special dietary needs, you will want to tell the company this at the time of reservation so that they will be able to work with you.

Rafting is a fun, exciting adventure as long as you are prepared with the right gear in order to make your trip hassle free.
About the Author
Jordan Mcpelt is a professional author who specializes in Colorado Rafting and Colorado River rafting. For more information on River Rafting please visit http://www.bikeraft.com
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