seven Things to know before visiting a natural hot spring

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Visiting a natural hot spring can be a great way to relax and rejuvenate. These springs can be found worldwide, including in countries like Turkey, India, New Zealand, and even the United States, and they’re popular among crowds of all ages for the many health benefits they can provide.

Just make sure you do your research before visiting a hot spring so that you can fully enjoy those benefits and not endanger yourself or others.

Visiting a natural hot spring can be a great way to relax and rejuvenate. Just make sure you check the water temp and quality, respect other visitors and the rules, and pack the necessities. Plus, make sure you stay aware of your surroundings to have a safe trip!

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check the temperature

check the temperature

Natural hot springs can be incredibly hot, with some reaching temperatures of up to 200 degrees Fahrenheit (or 93.3 degrees Celsius). So before diving into a hot spring, check exactly how hot the water is.

Sticking to springs with temperatures between 95 and 104 degrees Fahrenheit (or 35 to 40 degrees Celsius) is recommended, as anything above that can be too hot and potentially dangerous.

be aware of the water quality

be aware of the water quality

Natural hot springs are not always regularly maintained, so the water quality may not be up to your area’s health and safety standards. It may contain high levels of minerals and sulfur, which can be harmful if ingested, and you won’t step out of it smelling like a daisy either thanks to the pungent scent sulfur puts off.

dress appropriately

dress appropriately

When visiting a natural hot spring, it’s important to dress appropriately. This means wearing a swimsuit or other clothing suitable for being in the water. And you may want to avoid wearing jewelry or other accessories that could get lost or damaged.

Some natural hot springs in the States are clothing-optional if you prefer to go that route, but you may still want to keep a cover-up on hand in case anyone else decides to pop by while you’re soaking.

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be mindful of your surroundings

be mindful of your surroundings

Natural hot springs are often located in remote areas that can be hard to get to, so it’s important to be mindful of your surroundings. Watch out for potential hazards such as slippery rocks, cliffs, or wildlife, and never get in the water if the weather is bad–especially if you see lightning. 

Additionally, ensure you respect the environment and avoid littering or damaging the natural surroundings.

respect other visitors

respect other visitors

Natural hot springs can be a popular attraction, so you’ll probably run into other people during your visit. Avoid loud noises, music, or other disruptive behavior that could spoil the experience for others. Also, be considerate of those sharing the spring with you and give them space if needed.

know the rules

know the rules

Many natural hot springs have rules and regulations that visitors must follow including limitations on camping and alcohol consumption. Make sure to check with the local authorities or park rangers so that you understand what they are before visiting to avoid potential trouble.


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pack the necessities

pack the necessities

Whether your natural hot spring is located within a protected facility or you have to hike out to it in the wild,  it’s important to be prepared. You may want to bring along a few key items including:

  • Towels
  • Drinking water
  • Snacks
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • First aid supplies
  • And a dry change of clothes

Visiting a Natural Hot Spring Soon?

Visiting a natural hot spring can be a great experience, but it’s important to be aware of the potential risks and to take necessary precautions.

And hopefully by following these tips, you can ensure you have a safe and enjoyable visit to a natural hot spring.

If you have any more questions about preparing for a visit to a hot spring or how to find great hot spring locations near you, drop a comment or reach out on Instagram!

Happy Travels!

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