This last weekend we went white water rafting up in Maine. We really enjoyed our experience, but we realized that depending on some key factors it could be a great or not so great time. Here is a list of things we would take into consideration prior to rafting next time.
6 THINGS TO CONSIDER/RESEARCH BEFORE WHITEWATER RAFTING
RESEARCH THE COMPANY
Make sure you are going with a reputable company! Do they have a proper webpage? Do they have testimonials, reviews on yelp, or on tripadvisor? What are their safety measures? The experience of their staff? The quality of their equipment? Research all these things and any other concerns you might have before booking.
When you think of going rafting you probably envision a warm sunny day. In actuality many locations that offer rafting are places with intermediate to strong winters and unpredictable summers.
What this means is that although you might expect it to always be sunny in
Philadelphia summer, places like Maine, Alaska, and Virginia often have summer storms. Check the weather report before making reservations.
If it’s a nice day and the water temperature isn’t freezing then bust out your swim trunks and T-shirt. Make sure though that you don’t where cotton as it isn’t moist wicking. A better option is dry-fit apparel.
If you are going on a cold day we highly recommend wearing a full body wetsuit. When this is not an option layer up on the dry-fit attire as much as possible, and don’t hesitate to wear pants. You will need either river sandals, water shoes, or sneakers. A good rafting place won’t let you go with any type of shoes that can fling of your feet.
WATER COMFORT LEVEL
White water rafting is considered an extreme sport and isn’t for the faint at heart. If you aren’t a good swimmer or get scared easily in a pool or moving water then reconsider going. Rafting can be frightening and it isn’t uncommon for people to fall out of the boat during a trip. Consider finding a company that offers other activities for family members who don’t want to go rafting. Many companies also offer kayaking on a lake, guided hikes, ATV rides, and a variety of other options.
Don’t bring a whole purse full of crap with you. Rafting is smelly and wet and you won’t want either of those things on your belongings. Things to consider bringing would be: cheap sunglasses, sunblock, bug spray, and a water bottle. We also suggest having a change of clothes ready for you when you return.
Lastly, we will end with our number one rule for everything. HAVE FUN!
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