Is it currently too complicated for you to travel to a distant country? We understand. Sure, you can plan for the future, but what if you want to take a little break now?
What do you do if you're just a little scared of going too far too soon? Don't fret, dear reader. As always, you've come to the right place. The answer is simple. Try somewhere closer to home and try a little easier.
Enter river tubing. . .
Remember, you and your friends or family will relax on a large tube lazily swimming down a cool river on a hot day. You might even enjoy a cold can or travel mug of your favorite adult drink. All you have to do is watch the world go by pleasantly as you experience the great outdoors.
River tubing is one of the most popular warm weather activities in river cities across the country. Here are some of the top tips to know before you set off so that you can get the most out of your tube ride on the river wherever you want.
What You Should Know Before You Go Tubing
Use common sense. . .
As we mentioned in another article, many of the things you need to know before going into a river pipe simply require common sense. This applies to any outdoor activity or adventure.
Find out about the weather before booking or planning your event. Check the weather before you set off. Check out any river conditions that could potentially make your trip unsafe.
Consider an organized excursion
It is a good idea to book an organized tubing excursion. A professional company can plan your trip. They'll roll you upstream to your drop off point.
They provide all safety equipment (like life jackets) as well as pre-hose instructions and advice. The company will also supply the hoses.
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If you are DIY. . .
If you simply need to go on a DIY hose trip, there are a few things to keep in mind. Plan to go with a group of people. Drawing is an obvious hazard when tubing a river. So it is a good idea to have other people with you who can call for help if necessary. Make sure that you and everyone in your party are wearing a good sized life jacket every minute you are in the river. This is extremely important if you are bringing children, people who cannot swim, or if you plan on drinking or drinking or using recreational marijuana.
Also, you need to do a lot of homework before your trip. You need to study the river you plan to swim down and watch out for hazards like rapids. Since you are launching your tubes from a location prior to your final destination, you will also need to plan for transportation not only to the starting point, but also from your final destination to your vehicles at the starting point.
Since you'll be traveling with at least one or two other people, you can take two cars and park one at your launch site and one at your final destination. Mind you, since you will take all of your gear including hoses with you, you will likely need at least one of these vehicles to be a truck / SUV.
What to Bring When You Go River Tubing
Whether you're just stepping out of the flow tube for a few hours or spending a day doing it, there are a few things you should definitely not forget:
Wear a swimsuit and t-shirt too. You will also need some kind of water shoes. (Old sneakers work fine here.) You'll also want cheap sunglasses, a hat, and sunscreen. Complete your outfit with an appropriately sized life jacket.
You should also pack snacks, drinking water, sunscreen, at least one cell phone, driver's license and / or ID, and money in a waterproof bag. You should also have at least one cooler for your water and any other drink or food you want to keep cold. You'll also need to pack a towel, dry pair of shoes, a change of clothes, and even a pair of socks so you can change into a dry outfit after your ride. (There is no point in driving / driving home in wet clothes.)
You should also take a small first aid kit with you in case someone is bitten by an annoying bug or cut from a sharp stone or piece of driftwood. If you have a waterproof radio, take it with you too so you can listen to music, sports, or even the local news while you float down the river.
Again, keep in mind that you will also need to bring your own tubing if you are not driving a flow tubing through an outfitter. While some do-it-yourself tubers have used pool floats, these things can easily burst, leaving the user tubeless for the rest of the trip. If you insist on going the DIY route, buy some sturdy, reliable tubing.
Additionally, an extra tube or two for your cooler and other supplies is a good idea. Some outfitters may even provide you with a rope if you want to tie your hoses together. Bring your own rope and a pocket knife in case you want to tie the hoses together but don't have rope.
What to Do When You Go River Tubing
Now you can have fun! Relax and enjoy your lazy swimmer down the river. Make sure you wear your life jacket every second in the water so you are safe. Look out for other groups of tubing and put all of your trash such as B. packaging, empty cans and bottles, in a garbage bag to properly dispose of at the end of your adventure.
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