We caught the pontoon bug during one fateful trip to Cabela’s. “Let’s just walk past and take a look, it doesn’t hurt to dream…” We also live walking distance to a gorgeous lake. I spent the last 3 summers in agony as I ran past pontoon after pontoon wishing I could get out on the lake as well. And then, fate smiled upon us. At the end of last summer we came across a pontoon for sale on Craigslist.
It was in gorgeous shape, in our price range, and the guy selling it seemed completely normal. You never know with Craigslist folk, right?
Unfortunately, this was the result of our first trip out…
We made it out on the “toon” a grand total of 4 times before summer was over and it was time to put it in storage. I’m happy to say that the family boat is back home from being in the shop for a tune-up so she’s in tip top shape for a summer filled with time on the water! I can almost smell the fresh lake air…
I decided that for this boating season I should put together a kit to keep on the boat. There always seems to be a couple key items that you constantly need, and some things would just plain come in handy and you wish you had on hand.
SHOP THE BOAT KIT:
FAMILY BOAT TRIP KIT
- Extra towels and towel clips: for keeping your towel in place on a breezy lake, and extra towels are always a good idea
- Plastic baggies: for keeping phones and other electronics safe from moisture
- Facial wipes: because my face starts to feel real dirty by the end of a trip on the pontoon, and these wipes make it easy to feel clean again
- Baby powder: baby powder helps sand wipe off feet and other limbs quick and easy, try it!
- Hand sanitizer: for getting your hands clean before a picnic on the boat
- Extra sunscreen: when you’re on the boat for hours and hours, you’ve got to reapply!
- First-aid kit: especially when you’re got an active kiddo, bumps and bruises are bound to happen
- Extra plates, napkins, eating utensils: for all of the on-board picnics that you’ll enjoy
- Cleaning wipes: because spills happen on a moving boat
- Wet wipes: for sticky fingers and messy hands that hand sanitizer just won’t fix
And of course, don’t forget to wear your super comfy, easy to slip on and off Nike sandals (we’re Nike snobs, if you didn’t know already). For more summer shoe inspiration and to see what other people are wearing, visit the Famous Footwear #ohsofamous style gallery!
It’s much easier to get the boat in the water and on your way when you’ve got sandals that can slip on and off real quick. Those boat launch lines can get CRAZY long and you definitely don’t want to be the one holding up the line.
Then I kick my feet up and relax while my husband does all of the work driving 🙂 My goal for this boating season is to get more comfortable driving. I’ll keep you up to date on how that goes…
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