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In a few short weeks our local rivers will become weekend destinations, and outside of fishing the one activity everyone loves is a good, relaxing float trip. In our house, I like the fast moving currents while my husband prefers the meandering waters, thankfully we usually get a bit of both on our excursions. If you’re new to spending the day on the water you’ll want to be sure to pack these essentials.
First and foremost, when you’re floating it’s really important to only bring those thing you’ll really need. Unless you’re also camping, leave your change of clothes and valuables in the car, and you can get to them when you get OUT of the water. Here are a few more things you'll want to bring along.
Float Trip Essentials
Gum: Float trips are all about sharing time with friends and all the people you’ll meet along the way. The best way to make friends on the river is to pack one of the new Extra® Gum 35-stick pack. The durable packaging holds more gum making it easy to “Give Extra, Get Extra” during a busy day in and out of the water. You can find Extra® Gum Spearmint and Extra® Gum Polar Ice® in the checkout line at Walgreens.
Cooler: While you’re at Walgreens be sure to grab an inflatable cooler. Sure, you can always rent an extra float specifically to hold your cooler but it’s much easier to buy an inflatable one, plus, they’re the perfect size for a day’s worth of water and snacks.
Sun Protection: Water, sunblock, and a hat. These aren’t suggestions, they are requirements. You won’t have a good time if you get dehydrated and you won’t have a good week if you walk away with a massive sunburn. Protect yourself.
Water Shoes: Now is not the time to show off a new pair of sandals, no, now is the time for that old pair of tennis shoes with the hole in the toe. You will be climbing in and out of the raft, over rocks, in mud, need I go on? Don’t wear your pretty shoes.
Zip Plastic Bags: For keys, IDs, cell phones, cameras, and anything else you don’t want to get wet, you’ll need a zip top plastic bag.
Mini Medicine Cabinet: You don’t have to pack an entire First Aid kit but it’s always a good idea to bring the essentials like Ibuprofen, bandages, antibiotic cream, etc.
Rope: In addition to making it easier to keep floats together, you can also use rope to hang things like water-tight water jugs off the sides.
Towel: Doesn’t it seem odd to bring a towel on a float trip? I mean, you’re spending the majority of the day - in the water. Still, a towel comes in handy for sitting on sandy beaches, or soaking it in the water and using it to cool off yourself, or your float.