Floating On The River: What to Bring

guadalupe river Since most rivers are at least partially frozen this time of year, you’re probably not thinking about floating it. The truth is, though, before you know it summer will be here and you’ll want to be prepared to enjoy a lazy float down your local river. Now is a great time to start planning, because there’s a chance you could find everything you need to float at a discounted price! Tubes The best tubes are cloth covered, because it prevents you from getting scratched by little extra pieces of plastic. You can save money on this by purchasing¬†a normal float tube (around $9.99) and wrapping it in neoprene, which dries easily. It’s also recommended you find a tube that has a drink holder, so you don’t end up losing your drinks in the river. Coolers To take your trip over the top, purchase an inflatable cooler. This allows you to store all of your drinks and bring them along while you float. Remember to avoid bringing glass containers as they don’t float and if you lose them in the water they could break and cut someone’s foot. Drinks It’s always fun to bring your favorite beer or mixed drink, but you’ll want to balance this out with plenty of water. Although most think they’re being hydrated by booze, the truth is it actually dehydrates you. Pack up plenty of water so you don’t suffer from heatstroke or dehydration. Snacks Spending hours on the river laughing with your friends can be quite exhausting, especially in the hot sun! Pack up plenty of chips, nuts, fruit, and jerky to keep you satisfied until you hit up a local diner for some stick to your ribs food. Important Items Sunscreen and bug spray are your best friend while floating. Lather up your sunscreen every 90 minutes. Even if you “tan easily” you’ll want to protect your skin. Waterproof bug spray will help keep any mosquitoes at bay, especially when you encounter any shady areas, where they tend to hang out. Comfortable Clothing Flip flops are great, but you’ll really need water shoes to make this the most comfortable trip. These will protect your feet from any sharp rocks or stones or glass that people leave in the water. It’s also important to wear something you’re comfortable in. Sure, a bathing suit is great, but if your two piece is likely to untie, opt for a full piece instead. Photo Credit:¬†By Laurette45 (Own work) [CC BY-SA 3.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

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