Need a simple checklist to keep you on track? APA's P.A.C.K.R.A.F.T. Safety Code provides a clear reminder of 8 things you need to consider before heading out on a trip.
Create a trip plan and discuss it with everyone ahead of time. Share details with an emergency contact who is not on the trip.
Choose a trip within the team’s ability and adapt as needed. If in doubt, scout, set safety and portage rapids.
Review hand and whistle signals before getting out on the water. Carry satellite communications...but don’t mistake them for a rescue plan.
Research and bring equipment appropriate for each trip. Practice with your setup before leaving home.
Check the latest conditions and forecasts. Get advice from someone familiar with the region. Consider hiring a guide.
Don’t mix with paddling.
Research and follow local regulations and Leave No Trace best practices.
Seek out courses and mentorship to improve packrafting skills. They might just save your life.
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