Did you know that there are over 1.2 million ATV owners across the United States? Most are male around 39 years of age. You don't necessarily have to own an ATV to enjoy its pleasures though.
Are you thinking of renting an ATV soon? Perhaps you are going on vacation to Punta Cana soon and looking to do some ATV guided tours. Well, then you will want to know what items to bring on ATV tours.
If you aren't careful about this, you could end up ruining your experience. Read on to find out more about ATV clothes, essentials, and more.
Clothing for ATV Tours
As you might imagine, you can't just wear whatever you would wear to the store or on your resort to an ATV adventure. It's also not a good idea to wear your regular gym clothes or a tracksuit on an ATV tour.
Punta Cana is hot and dusty, so you will want to ensure you wear the appropriate gear to protect you from such weather. You don't want to find out at the end of the day that your carelessness costs you big.
Here are some clothing items you will need to wear to go on an ATV tour.
Long Pants and Long-Sleeved Shirt
It's a very good idea to cover up your arms and legs with the proper fabric when dressing up for an ATV tour. The fabric needs to be breathable so you aren't dying in the heat and needs to protect your skin from the sun, dirt, dust, and everything else.
If you know that you get cold in the evenings or at night, then you will want to carry a hoodie or a sweater to put on, when it gets closer to evening time. This applies to your children as well. They are more vulnerable than you to weather changes, so make sure you watch them carefully.
Also, if you are going ATV touring with your children, consider bringing a change of clothes with you, for them and maybe for yourself. Maybe there was a rainfall the previous day and the trails are all muddy. You don't want to drive around in the same muddy clothes all day long.
Close-Toed Shoes like Sneakers
Most folks make the mistake of going on ATV tours with sandals or flip-flops. And then end up getting a hurt ankle or knee, because of this mistake.
Do not do that to yourself. ATV safety begins with appropriate close-toed footwear. This way your toes and all the little bones in your foot are going to remain safe.
This will also ensure that you don't lose your footing easily when you place your feet down on the ground trying to balance yourself. Also, you don't want to stop every few minutes to retrieve a lost sandal or flip-flop. That can get quite annoying very fast, not only for you but also for your fellow riders.
You might not have bought a pair of gloves with you when traveling on holiday. That's understandable.
But this is something that your ATV tour guides might provide you with if you ask. It's always a good idea to have gloves on when handling your ATV so that when your hands get sweaty, you aren't slipping all over the place.
The stronger grip that gloves provide will help your ride be smoother and less chaotic. It will also prevent your hands from getting callused and bruised from riding the ATV all day long.
If you know you are going to be doing an ATV tour on your holiday, perhaps bringing gloves from back home would be a good idea. This way you can use something that fits you perfectly.
Goggles and Helmet
Another couple of items that your ATV tour guide will provide you with would be goggles and helmets. There is a lot of dirt, mud, and dust that flies around and towards you when going ATV riding. Also, there might be other flying objects, like small rocks, or other debris.
You need to protect your face, eyes, and head from such dangerous objects. Otherwise, you might end up visiting a hospital on your holiday itinerary.
Do not go empty-handed on an ATV-guided tour. You will always want to carry the items mentioned below, for sure!
Of course, you can always add to this list, in case you have other needs or desires. For example, a towel if you want to go visit a beach on the way or a GoPro kit if you are interested in taking videos of your tour.
Cellphone and Charger
Don't leave home without your cellphone (with a local SIM card or access to some network through your SIM card back home) and a portable charger. Of course, your local tour guide will be carrying a cellphone and charger with them, but you can never be too sure.
You know Murphy's Law - it's always when you are unprepared for a situation when it hits you right where it hurts. Your guide's cellphone might fall to the ground and get smashed to pieces, or his/her charger could die right when you need it most.
It's always better to carry a cellphone yourself, in case you get separated from your guide or in case of any emergency. You always want the ability to contact help in such situations. FYI, the general emergency number for Punta Cana is also 911.
Lots of Drinking Water
If you are the kind of person who gulps down gallons of water even when sitting around in the office or on the resort bed, then you will want to ensure you carry extra amounts of water when on an ATV-guided tour.
This is because it's much hotter and drier when roaming about Punta Cana on an ATV. You will need lots more water so you don't end up dehydrated.
Also, you are not going to enjoy your ATV ride if all you can think of is how thirsty you are. Make sure you bring enough in case of an emergency as well. You don't want to be left without water if you get stuck somewhere due to an emergency or while waiting for someone to come grab you.
Your tour guide might have drinking water for you, but it's always a good idea to bring extra.
Again, this is something that your tour guide will carry with them. This is because a lot of ATV riders on these tours are beginners, who might end up making silly mistakes, even if they have been warned against them.
But if you have some medication that you cannot do without, or if you are allergic to typical pain medications and need special ones for yourself, then carry these with you. It is not the responsibility of the tour guide to ensure you have enough medication to last you the day.
Also, if you are on an ATV tour with children, make sure you bring appropriate medication for them as well, like Children's Tylenol or betadine for minor scrapes and bruises. You wouldn't want to give them adult medication.
This is a big one. The Punta Cana sun is stronger than back home, and you will want to protect yourself against it properly. Do not forget to apply sunscreen before you leave on the tour and then reapply throughout the day as you will sweat quite a bit.
Too many folks going on ATV rides forget about this one crucial item and end up dealing with a massive sunburn for the rest of their holiday. You could seriously harm your health and increase your risk for skin cancer by getting such sunburns regularly.
No matter if the day is cloudy or not, slather sunscreen on yourself and your children. Make sure not to miss any spots that are exposed to the sun.
It is so important to carry some snacks with you when going ATV riding. It can be quite strenuous and tiring to maneuver an ATV through the wilderness in Punta Cana. You are going to get famished pretty quickly.
Also, if you have children riding with you, they are going to get bored or hungry faster than you, so you will want to carry some sustenance for them.
Chips, crackers, and/or sandwiches are a great idea to bring along. They don't go bad quickly and they will give you the sugar intake that you need to keep going. Boiled eggs are also a great option to add to the mix.
You could even ask your hotel or resort to pack something for you to take on the ATV ride. They would love to oblige.
This list of must-have essentials wouldn't be complete without adding these random accessories to the list. You will be grateful you bought these items with you when going on an ATV tour.
You want to leave Punta Cana as beautiful and pristine as you first came in. That's why carrying some trash bags with you, so you don't just throw your wrappers or other items in the wilderness is a great idea.
You can take this trash bag back to your resort with you and dump it appropriately, thus, protecting wild animals from consuming plastic and making themselves sick.
Punta Cana isn't as buggy as other places might be, but it might be more so in the wilderness. You may notice that as it gets closer to evening time, gnats, mosquitos, or black flies roam around you in great numbers annoyingly. It's a good idea to carry bug spray with you to protect yourself and your family.
Biodegradable Soap or Hand Sanitizer
You don't want to use regular soap when washing your hands in the rivers or waterways in Punta Cana, since it could cause harm to the fish or other water creatures. Use biodegradable soap if you have it, or hand sanitizer to clean your hands when on an ATV tour.
Punta Cana ATV Guided Tours
The great thing about doing ATV-guided tours is that your tour guide will be bringing all the necessary tools and equipment to fix or repair ATVs in case they break down. You won't need to worry about that, at least.
Leave all that up to them. The only thing you will need to be careful of is to follow their instructions carefully, not go off the trail roads, put on sunscreen carefully, and drink enough water throughout the day.
It's important to know that your ATV tour guide cannot take care of all of you through the day and guide you through the trail rides as well. It is your responsibility to take care of your physical needs and speak to them right away if you feel sick or if you feel like your ATV has something wrong with it.
They are not mindreaders, so you will need to inform them when you need some help from them. Do not be embarrassed. They have seen and heard it all and they only wish to help you have a fun and safe time while on the ATV tour.
You Are Now Ready to Go on Punta Cana ATV Tours
Going on vacation is all about trying out new things, like going on ATV tours. If this is something you would never have considered before, why not throw it into the mix for your next holiday to Punta Cana?
If you are looking for reliable and quality excursion services in Punta Cana, look no further. Punta Cana Transfer is here to help you with all your excursion needs. Contact us today and get started on the best holiday in Punta Cana you will ever have.