It is blessing and a curse, but parts of the Strong River have little or no cell-phone service. Tall trees and high banks block the signal. For that reason, if no other, be sure to file a travel itinerary with someone who will take responsibility if you fail to show up at an appointed time.
Don’t expect help to come quickly in case of emergency. Keep a first-aid kit in your craft, along with a dry-box for valuables. Other necessities are hand sanitizers, insect repellent and sunscreen. On a long float, you’ll also find a need for toilet paper and a method of lighting a fire.
A flashlight is another essential overnight item.
As with any preparation plan, it’s easy to carry too much. MRE’s (Meals Ready to Eat) are quick, convenient, take up little space and can be a lifesaver in a dire situation. They are good enough for our troops; they are good enough for you.