Summer time in Florida means time on the boat. Before I had kids, it was so simple to just grab a few things and head out. Now though, it seems like preparing for a boat day with kids can take a bit more forethought. Through quite a bit of trial and error, I have gotten it down to an art when it comes to packing for our boat days. Trust me, you don’t want to under pack, because there is no turning back once you are out on the water.
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Stress Free Boat Day With Kids
Living in Florida, we like to spend a lot of time on the water. Boating has always been something I enjoyed doing. I grew up around boats, and now I am raising my kids around them as well. No matter how familiar you are with the water and boats though, there are a few things you need to remember to bring with you if you want to have a stress free boat day with kids.
What To Bring
In order to have a fun and stress free boat day with kids, you are going to need to do some preparation. One of the first things I like to do is load up on snacks. Lately I have been loving the Walmart online grocery pickup, so all I have to do is make my order and pay online and then pick it up. I never even have to get the kids out of the car. I highly recommend you try this out, and if you use this referral code you can get $10 off of your first order!
Snacks will be a lifesaver on the boat, because we all know kids tend to get hungry at the most inopportune times. So just come prepared! A few sandwiches, chips, raisins, and string cheese are what I personally like to bring with me. Also, don’t forget the bottled water!
No matter where you are at, you need sunscreen. The reflection of the sun off of the water, makes you and your kids more likely to burn, so lather up! I recommend reapplying every time the kids are done swimming or every few hours for best results.
Every child needs to be in a life jacket at all times on a boat. This is for safety as well as legal reasons. Now, I am not talking about the fun puddle jumpers either. While they are great for swimming, and I bring my daughter’s for when she does swim, you need a legitimate rated life jacket while the boat is moving. I have a really nice baby life jacket for my youngest that even had a handle on the top just in case.
So when we go out on the boat, we always stop to swim in the springs. Something that is always great to have is fun little floats for the kids to play with. You can find them at your local Dollar Tree! For just one dollar, I promise you won’t care if it gets popped or lost either. I picked up a really cute one along with a large bottle for Sangria, some baby snacks, and a Moana sandwich case before my last boat trip.
Towels and Extra Clothes
No matter how much you and your kids love the water, at some point y’all will want to be dry! Don’t forget to bring some towels and dry clothes with you so everyone can change before you head home for the day. There is no worse feeling than sitting in a hot car all wet and uncomfortable.
There are a lot of little extras that I have found I like to have with me just in case. Some of these really depend on the ages and genders of your child though. I always have extra hair ties for one, because somehow my daughter never fails to lose the one in her hair. Diapers and wipes are also a must, along with some little swimmers. It is also nice to have a small thing of hand sanitizer with you so you can use some before digging into your snacks!
Just Have Fun
Boat days are meant to be fun and relaxing! If you get your preparation done ahead of time, you should have no problem just enjoying yourself and soaking up the sun!
Did I forget anything? What do you like to bring with you when you go out on the boat?