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Spending a day on the water is an excellent way to relax and decompress for a while. That said, if you want to make the most of your mini-vacay, you have to show up prepared. Check out the top essentials for a day on the water. We’re confident each item will help you and your party have a fabulous time!


When building your itinerary of top essentials for a day on the water, remember to include waterproof provisions and accessories. This list of supplies includes everything from sunhats to kickboards. But if you’re looking for absolute must-have items to add to your list, we suggest the following:

  • Sunscreen
  • Boat shoes
  • A swimsuit
  • Plastic baggies (for your phone, wallet, and keys)

If you’re a fan of taking videos and pictures, we also suggest bringing a waterproof camera or phone along with you. It’s also a good idea to have accessories like sunglasses and hair ties.

And if you’re expecting to spend lots of time on the water, be sure to bring along some fun floats, inner tubes, and other water toys. Doing so will guarantee that you’re able to make the most of your time on the lake.


No day on the water would be complete without your favorite snacks and beverages! Keep in mind that your home base will either be the shoreline or a boat. So it’s a good idea to select lighter refreshments that are easy to eat. You can’t go wrong with beverages like beer and wine for adults. Follow those up with sandwiches, fresh fruit, and charcuteries, and you’ll have yourself a satisfying meal!

If your party includes children, you can add popsicles, juice boxes, and bagged chips to your list. In any case, staying fed and hydrated throughout the day will keep your party satisfied and happy. For this reason, food and beverages should rank high on your list of top essentials for a day on the water.


Of course, we’ve all enjoyed basking in the sun and splashing around in the water. But sometimes, by the end of the day, swimsuits are sticking to sunburned skin in all the wrong ways. At that point, all you want is a set of fresh, comfy clothes to change into.

That’s why we suggest packing yourself some clean shorts and a t-shirt to wear for when your day on the water starts to die down. Plus, if you’re expecting to be out on the water after sunset, it’s a good idea to pack a thin jacket. After all, bodies of water tend to make everything a little chillier at night.

We hope scanning this quick guide gave you some inspiration for what to put on your supply list for a day on the water. And if you’re looking for a vessel to facilitate your excursion, give ATX Party Boats a call. We’ll set you up with or finest Lake Travis party boats, complete with all the stuff you need to ensure you and your guests have an excellent time!

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