Few can resist the enjoyment and excitement of river rafting. Taking some care and precautions while preparing for a rafting vacation could be what it takes to make it the best vacation ever for your whole family.
Safety is the one most important thing to consider while taking a rafting holiday. Rafting companies have an established set of safety measure that they will follow and teach you about. But when you decide to go rafting by yourself then you have to pay attention to these safety measures.
First and foremost you should have a life jacket for each member of the family and you should insist that they keep it on. The white water currents prove dangerous even for good swimmers and so it is imperative to keep the life jacket on. It could be this personal floatation device that could save a life in a dangerous situation.
Clothes made of fabrics that dry out easily should be worn. You should favor shoes, which are light since heavy shoes are not helpful in case you fall and have to swim.
Check out your equipment thoroughly. This is especially necessary when you are going to be using equipment borrowed from someone who is known to someone whom you know! Make sure that your raft is solid and paddles are in good order. On the other hand, if you are renting from a rafting company, then you need not be overly worried about this aspect.
Make sure that every one in your team is fully aware of what this adventure entails. Being prepared mentally is very important as panic often makes people do foolish things, and could end in a calamity.
Ensure that your life jacket is specially rated fit for rafting. It is also wise to have water proof bags to carry your stuff, for it would be awful to end up with soaking wet gear at the end of a day of rushing down a river. Understanding the specific needs of white water rafting in terms of equipment and attitude is essential.
Food for the boating trip is another important thing to consider. It should be easy to prepare, tasty and also nutritious. Should you run out of ice for your cooler, the riverside is not a place where ice will be readily available, so do not take foodstuff that needs to be refrigerated. After a tired day, no one would have the energy or the patience to indulge in a long cooking session. So take things that you can prepare fast and eat.