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Preparing for your rafting trip!

Although winter still has not released it’s icy grip on most of the United States, it is never to early to start looking forward to spring activities! When you start to prepare your spring trips, be sure to plan out a weekend for white water rafting and other great activities in the New River Gorge.  There are several thing to do to help you prepare for your rafting trip!

One of the most important steps for planning any trip is to do some research ahead of time. Some factors to consider include location, additional activities, and lodging. If West Virginia is in your range, the New River Gorge is a great place to start. In addition to a thriving rafting industry, there are also many other “dry” activities surrounding the New River and in neighboring towns. No matter what you like to do, rafting or not, Southern West Virginia has it for you!

Another important factor to consider is the size and skill level of your rafting group. If you have a mixed skill level group, this is definitely an important factor to discuss with everyone in the group and also with your rafting guide. The size of the group also influences many parts of your trip, ranging from lodging details to how many rafts you may need, to organizing other activities around rafting.

An additional part of rafting preparation includes every procrastinator’s worst nightmare; packing! It is important to pack a variety of different clothes, as weather is a huge factor in how your rafting and other outdoor activities go.  It is important to bring plenty of layers and fresh clothes so that you can be a dry and comfortable as possible when not on the water.

Winter can be tough, but as long as you keep your eyes on the prize (warm waters!), the spring will be here before you know it. Be sure to plan ahead and make your arrangements early so that you can be sure everything goes great! The spring is one of the best times of the year to ensure optimal rafting conditions, and the beauty of the West Virginia countryside.

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