If you are planning a river rafting adventure in the near future this might be of help to you, so without further ado here goes the list:
1. Wear full sleeves top/t-shirt: Always wear full sleeves top/ t-shirt. This will save the skin from the direct contact of sun rays. Not much emphasis on the bottoms because most of the times you will be dipped in cold water of Ganges.
2. Apply sunscreen: This is an absolute must. Get the highest SPF sunscreen and apply generously on your face, hands and legs.
3. Leave your gadgets at the camp: While there is always an option of keeping the money, mobile and other important things in a plastic pouch but it is always recommended to leave them behind and not carry while rafting.
4. Carry your swimming googles: If you are keen on swimming in Ganges then carrying your swimming gears along is always advisable. While the water is clear but if you plan to stay in water for a long time, glasses would make your stay comfortable.
5. Be hydrated: Make sure you hydrate yourself well before the start.
6. Listen to your guides: You could know everything about rafting but in no situation you should ignore your guide’s instructions. These people understand the current of the water more than anyone else, so if you guide instructs you to sit in the raft you listen to him without any second thoughts.
7. Don’t drink and raft: Drinking and rafting is not advisable. While doing any adventure sport you should be always be alert and in your complete senses.
8. Take security seriously: Never fiddle around with your security gears throughout the rafting. Neither you should loosen your life jackets nor take off your helmets at any point during the rafting.
9. Don’t panic: Always try to be calm and not panic. If there is anything that is troubling you discuss it with your guides.
10. Research and book experienced guides: While there is no dearth of adventure companies offering their services always do a little research and select an experienced company. An easy way to find out that would be by looking at their websites and feedback.