Keeping Your Belongings Safe On A Rafting Excursion

Posted on: 9 June 2016

If you are planning to try rafting with your friends for the very first time, you may be a bit apprehensive about keeping your personal belongings safe while on the trip. The threat of moisture is present throughout the entire event, making it necessary to take precautions in how you care for your items. Here are some ideas you can use in keeping necessary belongings from getting wet or floating away during your exciting adventure.

Know What To Bring And What To Leave Behind

Most people will leave valuables at home when rafting rougher waters as there is always the risk of losing them should the inflatable boat overturn. It is, however, a good idea to have a cell phone available in case your group is in need of assistance due to an injury or damage to your raft. Bring an older phone on the trip. This does not need to be active, as 911 will still work for emergencies. Instead of bringing your expensive camera, opt for a few throw away cameras instead. Make sure to bring sunscreen and a hat to protect your skin from harsh rays during the trip, and a change of clothing in case you get cold.

Purchase A Waterproof Container To Hold Your Items

It is a great idea to have a waterproof enclosure to keep your belongings inside as you enjoy the sun and water. These can be found in the camping section of your local home goods store or at an outdoor equipment shop. First, place your belongings inside sandwich bags or trash bags according to the size of each item. These can then be slipped inside a waterproof bag for added protection.

Bring Along A Piece Of Rope To Keep Your Bag On Hand

Consider bringing a few feet of thin roping material to keep your bag from floating away. This can be tied through the handle of the bag and knotted into place. Use the other end of the rope to attach the bag to the raft itself. There should be some eye holes along the perimeter of the raft for tying it to the top of a vehicle or to hold it in place in a rack. String your rope through this hole and tie into a knot. This way, if the raft goes through bumpy areas, and your bag happens to fly out of the raft, you will not put yourself at risk to swim after it.

To learn more, contact a company like Outland Expeditions.