Learning about river rafting trips and how to prepare for them depends on exactly the type of rafting, the location and the climate of the region. But, there are some basic things that everyone should have and some simple ways to make sure you are prepared. Following are some ways to prepare for white water rafting trips.
How to Prepare for River Rafting Trips:
- First, make sure you know everything about the area in which you will be rafting, and know that you will have to pack accordingly. If it is in a warm weather area, and it is summer, sunscreen, bug spray, sunglasses, a hat and a large canteen or water bottle will be necessary. Do all that you can to see that you have enough personal supplies to last the trip. Rain gear, and even mosquito netting, can be very handy, depending on location. Likely, it will be helpful to have a backpack or fanny pack in which such items can be kept.
- If you are expected to paddle or row, depending on the duration of the white water rafting trip, it might be a good idea to build up your endurance to make sure that you will last. Hit the gym, or practice canoeing or rowing on your own to exercise the right muscles. It is also a good idea to practice rowing if you have not done it extensively before as its motion is unique and can take some time to get down. If you anticipate rowing yourself on your trip, do some yourself before the trip.
- Most rafting companies set people up with necessary supplies (life jackets, paddles, helmets and more), but if you are going with friends or without a rafting company, you will need all of these items yourself. Also, if you are going without experienced guides, be sure to learn everything about the waters that you will be rafting.
All in all, preparing for a river rafting trip does not take too much time or effort, but preparation should not be overlooked. Familiarize yourself with the area (and the river, if you will be rowing), and bring what you need to bring. Do this and make sure that you will be able to handle the raft if you should need to (by working out and practicing your rowing), and you should be good to go.