A float trip is the perfect summertime adventure. There's nothing quite like floating down a river, soaking up the sun, and enjoying some time with friends or family. However, before you head out on your next float trip, there are a few things you'll need to know.
The average person does not own the right gear for a float trip, or at least not enough of it for everyone to join in. To fully enjoy a float trip, you will need to look into raft rentals, and there are many things to consider.
The most important item for any float trip is the raft rental. Whether you opt for individual inner tubes or 8-person raft rentals, you need something to physically float down the river in. Discuss options with your group and vote on whether or not you want a large raft or individual options.
Your next step is to make sure you are insured against any accidents. While not always required, it is a good idea to look into insurance options, both in terms of injury to yourself and damage to the rental raft, before you set out on your trip.
Consider the location of your float trip and research different routes. Some may be more difficult than others, and while you may be experienced enough to handle the hard-core paddling, your raft-mates may not. When traveling with small children, their safety should be your number one priority.
Depending on where you are rafting, most float trips are through state and national parks, forests, and wilderness areas, as well as land owned by the Bureau of Land Management. In other words, it is remote. You need to ask the raft rental company if they offer any type of support in terms of evacuation for flash floods, medical injuries, or other mishaps.
A fun aspect of your float trip to consider is if the raft rental company has any predesignated photo opportunities. Many have cameras mounted to trees or under bridges to catch your crew as you emerge from key rapids. The resulting pictures are often available for purchase and can preserve the memory of a great day on the river for a lifetime.
Now that you know more about what to consider when you are looking into rafting rentals, you can start planning your next float trip. Keep in mind the size of your group, the level of difficulty you are comfortable with, and what kind of support you may need along the way. Then sit back, relax, and enjoy the ride.
Contact a local raft rental service to learn more.