9. If you have to take your keys, make sure they are secure in a pocket or tied to your shorts.
8. Take an extra mesh bag for trash. Most outfitters will give you a bag for your empties, but that often is not enough. Much better to take an extra bag to make sure nothing ends up in the water and on the bottom of the river.
7. Get a tube with a head rest. They are much more comfortable than the old fashioned tubes.
6. Avoid the old black rubber tubes. They get really hot in the sun and they will give you tube rash. The light colored plastic tubes with a bottom are better.
5. Take river shoes. If you get thrown from your tube or have to get out and walk a bit flip flops are not the way to go.
4. Never take glass or styrofoam to the river. Not just a good idea, it is the law.
3. Ask the outfitter about what local rules apply. Some places won’t let you turn up music very loud and other places prohibit the consumption of adult beverages in public parks. You want to avoid getting a ticket so it is best to know the rules that apply.
2. Make sure the ice chest top is secure even if you need to attach some bungie cords to keep it closed. Some places will drop you off just upstream from a rapid and it stinks to lose all your beverages not 15 minutes into the trip.
1. Know the river conditions. Some places will take 1 hour and some will take 5 hours to get to the take out point. Some will be smooth as glass and some will have some pretty challenging rapids. If you will be tubing where there are rapids be sure to ask whether it is better to walk the tube around the white water.