How to Float the Comal River on a Budget

When visiting the river town of New Braunfels, small expenditures can really begin to add up. However, there are many ways to save money when you choose to incorporate one, or all, of the following steps into your next tubing visit to New Braunfels or any other town for that matter.

Steps

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    Buy your own tube. Buying your own tube is cheaper than renting one. You also get to keep your inner tube for another day.
    • Wal-Mart, HEB, and Academy all carry inflatable inner tubes for great prices. These stores also will have great prices.
    • The best tubes are made by “River Rat” and “River Run”. River Run Tubes are available in a variety of types and sizes. You can purchase a River Run tube with a mesh bottom so you don’t have to worry about scraping your backside. Mesh bottom tubes are also great for taking dogs on the river.
    • Instead of purchasing an ice chest, use an inflatable ice chest that available by Intex.
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    Buy a battery powered air pump. Purchase a manual or battery powered air pump. These are awesome, and they can be easily carried inside if your car or truck. Make sure it has the batteries included when you buy it or purchase batteries just in case. Do not buy one that has to be plugged in to have power. There are not many outlets around the parking area near the Comal River.
    • Keep your tube flat until you park.
    • Once you park, begin the process of blowing up your tubes.
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    Purchase ice, drinks, and food from a local grocery store. Shop local grocery stores. Drinks from a gas station or drugstore that are near to the river are going to cost a lot more than at a grocery store.
    • Save space in your cooler by condensing the amount of cans and plastic by emptying similar liquids into a reusable larger container.
    • Remember, absolutely NO GLASS.
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    Buy cheap sunglasses. Purchase sunglasses that you are okay losing. This will save you an immense amount of money in the long run.
    • Locals from New Braunfels find a plethora of Oakleys, Ray Bans, Maui Jim, and other expensive sunglasses that have dropped into the river.
    • Purchase a cheapo pair of sunglasses from Walmart or even the dollar store. By wearing cheap sunglasses instead or your original pair, you are saving yourself the pain of losing $100 pair of sunglasses.
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    Wear sunscreen! Keep your skin safe. This does not necessarily save money, but it will save you from unbearable pain after soaking in the sun all day.
    • You lose track of time when drinking and floating down the river. Before you know it, your skin will look like a lobster. Also, the reflection of sun off of the water intensifies the sun and glare.
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    Park somewhere close in proximity, but free. Park at Wursthalle in New Braunfels. It’s just a short walk from Wursthalle to the the entrance of the Comal River. It’s also free to get onto the Comal River from this point (above the chute).
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    Make sure you wear comfortable water shoes.
    • Flip flops will easily fall off your feet in the river, unless tied down.
    • Keen water shoes are some of the best water shoes I have found. They don’t look dorky, they fit comfortably, and you don’t have to worry about them falling off.
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    Walk back to your car. Walking saves you money. The walk is about 1 mile (1.6 km) back from the Comal River exit, and it is a very easy walk.
    • After exiting, walk to the top of the stairs, and deflate those tubes, making them much easier to carry on your stroll back to your car.
    • Also, walking back to your car gives everyone the chance to dry off before getting back into your car.

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