Preparing for a Zipline TourNovember 11, 2010 66 Comments
Although the website for your zipline tour should have the information you need to prepare for your experience, it doesn't hurt to do some research on your own to make sure that you are ready for your tour. Keep these tips in mind as you plan for your zipline experience.
--Wear appropriate attire. Remember that ziplining is an outdoor sport that can be strenuous. You want to wear clothing that will protect you from the ziplining and the atmosphere. Most tours recommend wearing at least a short-sleeve shirt and shorts, and if you are taking a tour in the winter, dress for warmth with a long-sleeve shirt, pants, and additional layers. Close-toed shoes are also important.
--Monitor physical health. As a strenuous activity, ziplining is not recommended for those who may suffer from back injuries or any other issues that could be aggravated by participating. Also, pregnant women are discouraged from ziplining. Although ziplining is a great experience, it is not worth risking your health for.
--Make sure everyone in your group can participate. In general, most tours have weight requirements. These requirements may differ from tour to tour, so be sure to check with your specific tour to make sure that everyone in your group will be able to do the tour.
--Bring any necessary medication. If you suffer from allergies or asthma, these conditions could be aggravated by outdoor activity.
--Bring water and a snack. Some tours provide these items, but you want to be prepared. Ziplining is a strenuous outdoor activity, and if you are taking a tour during the hot summer months, you do not want to become dehydrated.
--Don't forget the camera! Ziplining is a once-in-a-lifetime experience that you will want to be sure to document so you can share your memories with friends and family. Be sure that you have pockets or a lanyard to attach the camera too, though, so it doesn't go flying during a zipline ride.
Of course, your zipline tour is the best source for specific recommendations and requirements. Doing all that you can to prepare before your tour is a great way to ensure that you will have the best experience possible.