Putting together the ultimate river tubing trip in the Texas Hill Country should be a blast. With so much of our lives being surrounded by the hard concrete jungle of today’s major cities, being able to take a soothing trip down the river is a great way to recharge the batteries.
However, before you get out into the wild, it is important to think about what you will need to pack for your trip. You can’t take everything you want or need. Otherwise, you would be weighed down by all of the extra stuff. You can, however, take the right things with you to make sure you have a solid trip that keep the fun at the forefront. Here are five items that must be on your packing list as you get set to tubing in the Texas hill country:
1. Sunscreen – Sunlight causes serious damage to your skin if it’s not protected. For a few dollars, having a good sunscreen and reapplying during your tubing trip is a simple matter that pays for itself in terms of peace of mind. Don’t be caught in the grandeur of Garner State Park in Concan, TX with nothing protecting you.
2. Mosquito Spray – Tubing down the river can mean being exposed for a few hours, so being able to keep mosquitoes away is vital to a good time. Also, if you decide to take a post-tubing trip to Utopia Park in Utopia, TX for their annual 4th of July fireworks show, for example, keeping the mosquitoes at bay would be ideal while you enjoy a bright, beautiful Texas night.
3. First Aid Kit – More than likely, you’ll be traveling with family or friends. Designate someone to have a first aid kit available. You can even make one yourself and include basics such as bandages, alcohol wipes, antibiotic gel, and if possible, an emergency allergy shot.
4. Compass/Map/GPS – Depending on when you go on your trip, you may actually find a high amount of traffic which makes it far less likely to “get lost.” However, having a way to keep track of where you are can be important in the event that something happens. Another reason to know where you are may be related to being mindful of the land your on. The Lost Maples State Natural Area in Uvalde, TX is known for its beauty, but visitors are asked to stick to marked trails due to inherent dangers of rugged terrain. Walking in unprotected areas can also lead to damaging the maple trees that give the area its name.
5. Life Jacket – Perhaps the most important item to have with you is a life jacket. Everyone is worried about how it may give them an uneven tan. Others figure that the water isn’t that deep. The fact remains that life jackets save lives. The Uvalde County tourism site has a direct link to the United States Geological Survey site regarding water levels to check ahead of time. Sometimes being safe is more important than being cool.
A little common sense can go a long way when planning a river tubing trip in the Texas Hill Country. As with any outdoor type trip, plan smart and keep safety as your top priority.