Boat rides are what you want them to be; whether that involves sitting on the deck with a drink in your hand, watching the waves while you listen to some music or spending your time fishing and enjoying a good book is up to you. While boats are great to have parties on or to spend some time with your loved ones, how you dress is closely tied to how much fun you have.
Choosing the right boating apparel is an important step in the journey before you even get on the boat; you don’t just want to pick something that looks good, but one that serves a purpose and is functional too. Here’s what to consider when you’re picking an outfit for your next boating trip:
Don’t do too much
You may have been eyeing an outfit for a while, but it’s important to resist the urge to wear anything that’s made of impractical fabrics. Steer away from wool, denim or silk since they tend to be uncomfortable when they get wet. Opt, instead, for lighter fabrics that dry quickly and don’t hamper your movement on the boat.
Choose the right footwear
The last thing you’d want is to slip and fall overboard when the boat sways; picking footwear that gives you a good grip and enough coverage is imperative to your safety. Practical shoes include something flat that covers your toes entirely. If you’re not looking to cause damage to the deck, choosing something with light-colored soles would also be a good option.
Be prepared for the weather
It’s best to be prepared for any changes in the weather, no matter what the forecast says. Keeping a jacket for colder weather and a hat for the blazing sun are great ways to make sure you’re not caught off-guard.
Taking precautions for the sun is always a good idea; so take sunscreen and a pair of sunglasses to keep yourself protected.
Layering up is an easy way to save space and be prepared for what the day has in store for you. Wearing your swimsuit under a pair of shorts and a t-shirt means you can change quickly and don’t have to go through the hassle of carrying all your garments with you.
While shorts and skirts may seem like great options that are light and won’t get too heavy when soaked, consider how the winds may derail your plans. Skirts and dresses will billow as the winds blow, making for an uncomfortable experience. In shorts, you face the risk of falling over and hurting yourself. After all, boat rides are often bumpy and you want to be prepared for anything that may happen.
Dressing to impress isn’t the only thing that matters when it comes to picking an attire to go boating in; choose something that’s functional and ensures your safety at all times. After all, a life jacket may end up being your most prized accessory when you’re away from the shore.
Dressing the right way is one part of the puzzle; the rest involves knowing the basic operations and safety regulations that’ll guarantee your—and your loved ones’—safety. Take Boater’s Academy’s online boater safety course that’s available in over 40 states, get your boat permit, and have fun while you’re being safe!