How to Have Fun at the River This Summer

What better way to enjoy the warm season than to have fun in the sun on a summer river trip? Spending a day or even a whole weekend at your favorite river-side spot is a fantastic way to get outdoors, enjoy the fresh summer air, and also let loose and have fun with friends and family this summer. Pack your beach bag and get ready to have fun at the river.

Stay Protected

Nothing will ruin a weekend on the water like a bad sunburn. In addition to being painful and uncomfortable at the end of your otherwise fun day outside, the long-term implications of a bad sunburn are downright scary. Stay protected from the harsh sun rays by using plenty of high-SPF reef-safe sunscreen and wearing sun-protective clothing.

A good high-SPF rash guard can be a lifesaver in these situations. Wear your long-sleeve rash guard over your swimsuit to keep your body protected from sun damage without having to worry about reapplying sunscreen on your torso or arms every few hours.

Being near a shady reprieve is also key to enjoying your day out on the river. Scope your spot out ahead of time if you can and if there are no large trees or pavilions or other shady areas, make sure to bring an umbrella or a tarp to lounge under. A wide-brim hat is also a great way to keep your face protected from the sun while also looking chic outdoors.

Play Games

Nothing brings people together for a good time like team sports and games. Don your women’s activewear on the shore this summer and get the party going with some physical activity. Organize a ball game on the river bank or an in-water game like a relay race or water polo. Depending on the terrain, you could even bring a slip n slide for the kids or a volleyball net.

For those who are not so excited about team sports or sweaty physical activity, set up some simple board or card games under your tarp for some fun entertainment while taking a break from the sun.

Bring Snacks and Beverages

Whether you are a foodie or not, the key to any fun summer trip is, of course, packing excellent snacks. Pack your insulated lunch bags full of delicious healthy options to keep the day going.

Packing food for the day by the river for the whole family doesn’t have to be complicated either. Pack a variety of easy and yummy sandwiches, such as peanut butter and jelly or ham and cheese. Bring plenty of between-meal snacks, too. Apples, carrots, jerky, protein bars, and trail mix are all great healthy options that are easily packable and will keep everyone going while burning calories running and swimming at the river.

Don’t forget the drinks! Bring plenty of water to keep everyone hydrated. Also, pack some other fun summer beverages that are both hydrating and delicious, such as homemade lemonade or fresh juice. Depending on where you are having your riverside summer fun and the rules of the area, you can also bring along some fun premixed cocktails in your insulated cooler.

Stay Cool, Stay Warm, Stay Comfortable

During your summer river trip, you’ll want to be prepared for both warm and cool temperatures. Of course, the sun will likely be quite warm this time of year, so you may not need to bring more than a simple beach cover-up if you are spending the day lounging in the warm sun. However, depending on what type of climate you live in and whether or not you will be spending time in the water, you may want to be prepared for cooler temperatures as well.

Even at the peak of summer, a cold river can drop your core body temperature quickly. If you are planning on spending a full day at the river, you may also want to be prepared for the cooler temperatures when the sun sets as well.

Be prepared for the post-swim cool and bring along a comfy sweatshirt to change into so you can quickly warm up afterward.

Wear the Right Footwear

Another way to ensure you optimize your fun river adventure is to make sure you have the proper footwear. Is this a particularly rocky river? You will likely want to invest in some good water shoes to prevent slips and falls and also keep your feet comfortable during whatever watersports you may want to participate in.

No matter how you choose to spend your time at the river, if you follow these tips and go there prepared, you are sure to have the most fun in the sun this summer.


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