Now, I don't know about the rest of the country, but in Texas, as soon as temps start to rise, Texans get this overwhelming urge to head South and float the river. Now, it sounds a little goofy when you think about it, but don't knock it till you try it! Floating the river is so much more than sitting in a tube and drifting around. You add in a few friends, some alcohol and the gorgeous Texas scenery, and you have the makings of a fabulous river floating day. But aside from all of the obvious, there are some things you just can not forget when hitting the river.
- Coolers. Now, one may think this is obvious. It's not. You're about to spend 4+ hours in the Texas sun, DON'T FORGET YOUR COOLER! What kind of cooler and what you put in your cooler is totally up to you, just don't forget it!
- Music! Invest in a cool waterproof speaker, or a cooler with speakers. It's not only a great way to add a little sound to your float, but you're sure to attract other floaters with your music. We invested in this awesome waterproof speaker, and it has definitely become not only one of our river trip essentials but also a great addition for any outdoor activity.
- Food! Now, I know your cooler may be filled to the brim with beer and other fabulous alcoholic beverages when you're floating the river, but stick some food in there! We always pack some deli meat and cheeses, and if we are on the long float, some fruit too! Consuming tons of alcohol in the heat, with nothing in your stomach is never a good idea!
- Croakies/Sunglass retainers/whatever you call it. You need something to save your sunglasses! Losing your sunglasses in 12 feet of water is not something you want to happen while floating. Most of the tube rental places and even walgreens' close to the river sell floating croakies. They may not be the cutest, but they work damn well! If being fashionable while floating is more your game, check out the Lilly Pulitzer ones above! Get them, you won't regret it!
- Sunscreen. This is the biggest and most important one. The only moving you're going to be doing is re-adjusting yourself in your tube, lack of movement + lots of sun= extreme sun exposure. I'm all for getting a good tan, but when floating the river, you really need the strongest sunscreen you can have! Put the damn sunscreen on y'all, and bring it with you to put more on every few hours, you can thank me later!
|Comal River, New Braunfels, TX|
Floating the river has become something Thomas and I do at least once every summer. We have floated both the Guadalupe River, The Comal River and a random river in the middle of no where, but we won't talk about that one. Whether we have 10 friends with us, or it's just us two, we always have a great time floating the river as long as we bring along all of these river essentials. Haven't floated before? Lets go together!
Wanna read about some of our other river trips? Check out some of our past trips: 2013 Trip 2014 trip