Hello, everyone...I know it's not Wednesday, but I thought I would do a surprise EXTRA post this week! Here lately (twice now), my fiance and I, along with family and friends, have been renting a pontoon and going out on the lake for the day. After the two separate trips, I thought I'd do a post to share some of the things I've learned about hanging out on a boat all day ;)
So the no.1 thing you need when going out on a boat all day is.....SUNSCREEN! I'm sure you all know the dangers of skin cancer, so help prevent it and put on some SPF! Right now I'm using Coppertone Oil Free Faces SPF 50 and SunBum SPF 50. Always make sure that you rub in the spray sunscreen, or you WILL end up with some funny splotches of sun burn. I've done it...I looked at it and was like, "What the hell?!" and realized I hadn't rubbed it in. Thank goodness the tan didn't turn out that way, right?
A must on any boat is a towel! Why a towel? Well, one you might want to get off the boat and out of the sweltering heat into the cool water and, two, sitting on the vinyl chair covers burns your behind. I personally like the two person towel, because it covers more space and wraps completely around you. And, no, I don't share ;)
A good book is another vital item you need to bring with especially when you're gone for a good while (most of the time cell service is non-existent). I personally enjoy reading and always have--I once had a teacher in high school who said I ate books because I always had a new one! I feel like reading is something we all should do as it lets our imaginations grow and we can escape from the stresses of everyday life (not that floating around on a boat can't do that but when you don't have a boat, you need a way to escape for a bit). Right now, I'm reading Ectopia. Quick setup: there are no more girls being born in the world and breeding is done selectively). It's one of the books I got when we were in Europe --Hay-on-Wye to be exact (check it out here).
We didn't have to use the next item, but it's something good to have if you run out of water. It's a filter; I think it's a squeeze filter really. One thing you don't want to do is to drink lake water. Look, think of it this way--you don't know what's been dumped in it (sewage, cars, chemicals, (dare I say it) bodies, etc) or what's in it (bacteria, fungi, etc.)--plus it's full of fish shit. Get one of these to be on the safe side. It was rated as a best choice and for $20-$25, you really can't go wrong. Check it out.
Last but not least, munchies and a cooler are something you definitely need. Don't leave home without them! Each of us on the pontoon brought a little something (I had my stash of Dory grahams as I was out of Teddy Grahams) to share. Chips and salsa, pre-made sandwiches, fruit, etc. You've got to have a cooler for your perishables or your food will spoil, and you'll be as bad off as those who drink the lake water. I bought some of those freezable ice packs to keep everything good and cold. There's not excess liquid from ice that way.
The last thing I'll share with you is the video my fiance took of the pontoon, lake, and area with his drone. The first time we went out he ended up erring on the side of caution and not flying it. The second time, he'd read up on it and sent it skyward. Enjoy and be safe on your boating adventures!
Hi! I’m Meagan, designer for The Prickly Pear. I’ve created this blog to not only showcase my work and other crafty information, but also to give you an inside look into my life.