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Taking a trip with family, friends or colleagues can be uplifting. It can also be a great way to build the cohesiveness of a team through team building activities. The trip can be made interesting by trying out things that would otherwise seem a bit extreme. Take for instance, going on a river cruise in either a canoe or boat. What would you need for such a trip and what are the benefits of taking such a cruise?


A cruise on a boat or canoe ensures that the group works together to survive. This in itself helps the team to bond, realise the strengths and weaknesses of different members and the optimal working arrangement. This is especially so in cruises that take several days. It also brings out leadership qualities in people since they take up responsibility to ensure that everything goes well. In addition to this, it teaches different people certain life skills or in some cases, people feel obligated to learn certain things such as first aid and survival skills under harsh conditions.

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Preparations for the trip

Before you embark on preparations, you are required to research the cruise, the major activities that are permitted on the river, challenges that you may encounter on the river and the expected weather at the time of the cruise. This helps you with making adequate preparations for the cruise. Forgetfulness is human nature and this is why checklists were invented. The first step to preparing for such an important trip is to come up with a detailed checklist of all the things that you will require.

It would be catastrophic to forget important stuff such as safety equipment and therefore, you should always use the checklist when packing. The most important things to carry include maps of the area involved and a detailed description of the terrain, the safety equipment, food, clean water and first aid kits. Remember that this will also depend on the nature of the trip, the river's terrain and location.

The boat or canoe has its own list of essential stuff such as the oars or paddles, repair kit, floaters, life jackets, signalling equipment in case of emergencies, pumps when necessary, alternatives to a toilet if the toilet is not available (this may not be permitted on some rivers), coolers, dry bags, anchors and nets. If you would fancy some activities on the river such as fishing, do not forget to carry your fishing equipment. Remember that you may need a permit to fish in some rivers.

Other things

Most of the time, cruises may involve other activities off the river such as camping and hiking. In such cases, you will be required to carry camping equipment such as sleeping bags, tents, basic utensils such as knives, cooking pots or pans, plates and cups. You will also be expected to carry lighters for cooking and bonfires. If you are cruising with children, remember to think beforehand of what they may require during the journey to make it more comfortable and memorable. Don't forget to bring along a fully charged camera to capture all the moments.