River tubing is not only a fun activity but also very refreshing. Most establishments offering the service make the tube rental process quite simple. If you want the most out of your day, follow this guide and you will live to remember the adventure.
What you will need:
Shorts, swimsuit, water shoes, hat or old tennis shoes. Do not be tempted to wear sandals; you can easily loose them in the river.
For children that will be joining you make sure that they wear life vests. Most establishments do not hire out life vests but rather are sold at around a piece.
A sturdy cooler and plenty of water. Don’t carry a foam cooler as they are not friendly to the environment and besides, they break easily. It is recommended that you drink a minimum of 1-2 bottles of water every hour when you are floating as it will prevent your body from getting dehydrated in the sun.
Have plenty of Sunscreen. You will spend the whole day basking in the sun and you may forget to apply often. Carry an extra tube stashed in your cooler.
Don’t forget some lunch and snacks, especially if you plan on staying out in the water for long hours and to avail river tubing.
What you need to do:
Get to your destination early to avoid the long lines or missing a spot in the parking lot. The busiest days tend to be the holiday weekends such as Memorial Day.
Carry your own tube or rent a shuttle and tube at the check-in. Most places will require you to leave your driver’s license as security against the tube, which will be given back to you once you return the rented equipment. In the event that you don’t return the rented tube, you may be charged a fine.
Place items such as electronic car keys, food, cellphones etc. in plastic bags and then put the bags in plastic containers to avoid them getting wet. Any other valuables should be left at home.