What NOT to Do When Bungee Jumping

written by local expert Anna Faustino

Anna is a co-founder of Adventure in You and has been traveling the world for the last 9 years. She has spent time living in Thailand, Mexico, Indonesia, and Spain and is our local expert in these areas. Her expertise on travel, gear, and building businesses have been featured on Foundr, Business Insider, Yahoo Travel, and more.

Bungee jumping is definitely one of the ultimate must do bucket items. As soon as you complete a jump, you instantly gain bragging rights which would last you a lifetime. It’s a story that would instantly make you cool all the way to your future kids/grandkids! Whether you’re a daredevil, an adrenaline junkie, or someone who just wants to conquer a fear, here are the basics of what NOT to do when bungee jumping.

Don’t Hesitate

This is it. Think of it as a no backing down situation where you either jump or you jump. Don’t go in there with the mindset that you can back out anytime you want. Trust the jump master and go with his countdown. Don’t stand there and psych yourself out. Instead, block out everything else apart from the jump master’s voice. 3-2-1..JUMP! (You got this!)

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Don’t Just Sign Up With the First Company That You See

Bungee jumping is dangerous business– it is an extreme sport after all so don’t just jump with the first company that you see. Take the time to research the company to check out their track record. Are they complying with safety checks? Do they update their equipment on a regular basis? As fun as a spontaneous jump would be, just take 5 minutes to check the company’s history! Reputable companies like AJ Hackett are definitely highly recommended and reputable (after all, he started the sport!)bungee jumping scream

Don’t Look Down

The number one rule when jumping is to never look down (okay, I may have made that up) but really, just don’t. You will end up freaking yourself out with all the ‘what if’ questions. Instead, look around you and enjoy the scenery. Look out the horizon and mentally give yourself a high five for even having the guts to decide to do it in the first place.

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Don’t Just Jump Anywhere

Similar to skydiving, you can literally choose to do it anywhere, but part of the experience is deciding where you want to do it. Don’t jump off a crane surrounded by concrete slabs. Instead, choose memorable places like the top of the Macau Tower or over a ridiculously breathtaking canyon in New Zealand.

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Don’t Show Up Dressed For a Fashion Show

I know you want to look awesome in your photo but do yourself a favor and dress appropriately. Wear comfortable clothes that’s weather appropriate! Ladies, no skirts please (according to our sources, it happens all the time!). As for footwear, refrain wearing boots which might interfere with the ankle harness. You can jump barefoot but secure and enclosed footwear is the best. Hard contact lenses and glasses aren’t allowed during jumps either.

Don’t Go Alone

Unless you’re a daredevil who gets their kicks doing random things by yourself, bring a friend or two! Heck, while you’re at it, you can even bring your family (P.S. have you seen the video of the guy skyjumping while skyping his parents?) Adventures are more fun when you share the experience with people, regardless if they’re only there to spectate and cheer you on! Plus, the less likely you are to chicken out if you have people there watching you. Accountability 101. bungee jumping what not to do

Don’t Overthink it

Even if I qualify bungee jumping as a “you’re excused to sh*t your pants moment”, don’t overthink it. Like seriously, just don’t. I’ve heard of some bungee companies who even go the extra mile by barraging you with a bunch of meaningless chatter right before your jump giving you absolutely no time to think about it. Distract yourself until the point you have to jump and embrace every moment of it.

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Don’t Forget to Scream

Scream at the top of your lungs! Let it out! Celebrate this awesome WTF moment in your life where you conquered your fears. The way down is awesome and in that few seconds of free falling, you will feel like superman (or woman) on steroids. So our advice? Don’t keep it in. Scream and jump for joy-preferably out the platform as you enjoy an unforgettable moment.

Hopefully, this list of what NOT to do will help you grow the balls to do your first jump. We promise it is unlike anything  you have ever experienced and the feeling of achievement afterwards is unparalleled. crane bungee

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