Sun protection should also be top on your river tubing packing list, so be sure to bring a high factor sunscreen and apply just before you get on the tube. It’s a good idea to bring a stick sunscreen too for easy application while you’re on the river as the high points of your face—especially your nose, are more at risk of burning. Wearing a hat to shade your face and wearing a sun shirt over a swimsuit will also help protect you from the sun. Keep your phone, keys, sunscreen, and any other essential items in a water-resistant bag to avoid losing or damaging them. And, getting a waterproof cover for your smart phone or even a waterproof camera is a fun way to capture the day.
Stay hydrated while you tube with bottled water and if it’s a longer tubing experience, bringing some snacks is also a good idea. Some rivers allow you to bring beer if you’re 21 or over, but be responsible and don’t bring glass bottles. Keep a fresh change of clothes and towels in a duffel or backpack in your car so you don’t have to spend the day in wet clothes. A packing cube will help you keep your items organized.