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Rafting Checklist

Whitewater rafting is a fun and exciting way to spend an active healthy day in the great outdoors, connecting with the family in a way that’s sure to live on in your and your kid’s memories for years. In order to insure these memories are ones your kids will reflect upon fondly later in life and not the subject matter of sessions with a therapist, proper trip preparation is key.

First off, check with outfitters to make sure they offer a family-friendly adventure. Some trips can be fairly aggressive and therefore not appropriate for younger kids. Generally, kids as young as eight are allowed to raft when accompanied by an adult, but keep in mind that age restrictions vary on different rivers and trips.

As a parent, you know the importance of having the right equipment on hand when it’s needed, especially when you’re away from home. Therefore, I highly recommend bringing the following items to help the whole family have a great day on the river.

Follow these simple preparation guidelines, and you’re sure to have a fun, exciting, and rewarding family experience. So grab the family and get on the river!

– Scott Kaier, Northern Outdoors