Any trip is great fun. Especially when you are with friends. A holiday to a great river side, for some high energy adventure is sure to make you look forward to it. Organising travel, food, supplies and monies should not let you concentrate any less on the things you need to pack. Personal items that you should prepare well ahead is very important. Here are a few must haves.
Clothes for the activity
It is a must to carry womens sports pants and men’s shorts or pants in a quick dry material. These will keep your legs from getting burnt in the hot sun and will also prevent absorbing too much water, which will weigh you down. Since you will be spending most of your time in the river it’s best to carry a few, especially if you are going for a few days.
River friendly shoes
Take sandals or show that are made especially for slippery rocks and rivers. Look for sturdy, light weight and dry fast kinds with a good tread. They will give you a good grip while walking around the river areas. Slip on sandals and flip flops will not do, as they can easily slip off and get carried away in the river currents.
Pack for warmth
River side camps can get cold at night. Bring a large blanket that can be shared. Look for good quality, large mens hoodies online that can double up as a warm night jacket. Choosing one that is large means you can bulk up if you need and can roll up into a makeshift pillow. Pack extra shoes that can keep your toes warm at night and in the early hours of the morning.
Protect your self
Carry a good sun block with a high sun protection factor. Long hours in the sun can be damaging to your skin. Best to take one that is sweat proof and water proof. Carry it in a small package, that way you will be able to take it on you in the raft. Mosquito repellent or insect spray. You will need one for the hot summer seasons.
Feed your small hunger pangs
It’s a good idea to carry some snacks on you. Take snacks that won’t need refrigeration or warming. Get small packs that will be easy to carry. Small packs of raisins and peanuts. Individual peanut butter cups, salty crackers, jerky, dried fruit preserves and energy bars all great options. Activities usually makes for a hungry tummy. These can help you out in between your main meals.