What Do I Need When I Float the River?
It’s that time of the year. It’s hot, you’re bored, and you need to escape to an oasis.
I’m operating under the assumption that this isn’t your first rodeo and you know to bring your swimsuit, cooler, and friends… or at least 2 outta 3.
My goal here is to remind you of a few essentials you may have overlooked while packing in the heat of the moment.
Here are the 5 Essential Items You Forgot to Bring to the River
- Cheap Sunglasses – Only rookies and amateurs are concerned with sporting brand name shades. This is the river, not Milan. I was once this person, but the River Gods set me straight by taking my Ray Bans as an offering. Grab a pair of cheap ones and enjoy the freedom of not worrying about them getting scratched or being down $150, as they sink to the bottom.
- Sunscreen on Legs – One painful mistake I’ve made in the past (more than once) was failing to cover my knees, shins, and feet in sunscreen. These parts of my body rarely get burned and I was more concerned with my face and glamour muscles. But when you’re sitting in an inner-tube for hours on end with direct exposure to the sun, make sure these puppies are covered.
- Snacks – Maybe the item I overlook the most. Three-hundred eight beers. Check. Snacks. Crap. If I would have just packed a breakfast bar or a sandwich, I wouldn’t have been so wobbly or ravenous when I stepped off the river.
- Twine/Rope – I bring something to tie my tube together with my friends’. I’ve befriended a bunch of nomads that seem to wander off as we float. Word of Advice: Don’t use a chain, it’s heavy and you can’t easily cut yourself free when your friends become obnoxious, and/or a lady finds you charming. Wink.
- Korongo Submersible Pack – Along with your phone, money, keys, and ID, all of these items can fit into your Korongo Waterproof Dry Bag. It keeps your valuables nice and dry while also minimizing the River Gods taking more offerings, as you navigate the river.
So there you have it!
Throw your stuff into your Korongo Submersible Pack, be safe, and enjoy your float.