If your big summer adventure plans include going out white water rafting for the first time, you want to do what you can to make sure that you have a good time. Going into your adventure as prepared as possible will make it much more likely that you will have the best time possible. So, what are some things you need to know or do to ensure that you are prepared?
Check the River
While it can look really exciting to go through the really big, really fast rapids, they aren't the best place for you to start. So, before you even book your trip, check the river and see what its classification is. Rivers run from Class 1-6. The higher the number, the more challenging the river will be. A Class 1 river will be mostly flat and perfect for people who want a nice trip on the river without really having to do a lot of work. A Class 6 river is only going to be for the most experienced rafters, and in general, even those people might want to give it a miss. The website of a river rafting company should tell you what the classification of any river is. Make sure you check with everyone else who might go on your trip so that you aren't booking a trip that will feel too challenging for them.
You also want to make sure that you are packing carefully. There are a couple of reasons for this. One is that you want to make sure that you aren't missing something that could be really helpful for your trip. Another reason is that you might have to take all your stuff with you in the raft, and too much stuff will be hard for you to have enough space for everything and everyone. Packing carefully includes making sure that you have dry bags for your stuff. Even if you don't end up flipping the raft, your stuff is going to get wet. Dry bags are designed to be sealed and keep anything inside the bag dry.
Going on a white water rafting trip can be a lot of fun. You want to make sure that your first trip is fun and successful. Doing a little bit of work beforehand will give you the best chance of that happening. You might end up addicted to rafting after you have gone on your first trip.