Prepping for the Water

After observing people and their vacation habits for many years now we’ve come to better understand the desires of people who are traveling. You can usually get at least an idea of these by looking at their itinerary – where they’re traveling, the time of year, the geography of the area. For instance, people who go for a vacation and head for places near water are more than likely going to be looking for something to do in that water. Coastal areas and locations along rivers, lakes and ponds offer opportunities for swimming, fishing, boating and other recreational activities. The link is there.

Just like people travel to cultural hotspots around the globe to see museums and surround themselves with the history of the world, those who head for water are usually looking to surround themselves with it too. This is why we would like to extend a few pieces of advice to anyone looking to enjoy some fun in the water while the weather is still warm this year.  Some of these will be basic safety tips you have probably heard before, but it’s never a bad idea to review such information, especially when you’re getting ready to go into that environment anyhow.

For starters, make sure you never go swimming immediately after eating. You should wait at least 45 minutes after eating before you get into the water. Swimming so soon after eating could cause painful cramps or worse. Also, if you’re planning on using some sort of boat or other vehicle, you’ll want to make sure you have enough room for you, any guests and any gear you want to bring along for the ride. You could learn more about kayaks at but there are resources for rafts and other watercraft as well. Don’t forget a little extra room for a first aid kit as well.

Because people on the water often end up in the water, life preservers are also a necessary item to bring along for any aquatic excursions. These will help poor swimmers to stay afloat without panicking and make it easier to spot other passengers in the event a boat or other watercraft rolls, flips or crashes. The odds are good that carrying such flotation devices for each of your passengers is actually the law wherever you live, so be sure to check up on that before you make any boating plans. Permits and licenses for fishing and other activities should be current as well if applicable.

In the end, only you know the particulars of your vacation. You could just as well be heading for sunny beaches to get a tan and have no interest at all about getting in the water. But there are certain health and safety concerns to keep in mind wherever you’re traveling and whatever the reason might be. By planning ahead for and taking care of these concerns during your vacation, you increase the overall amount of time you can be enjoying yourself by cutting down on unnecessary worrying. And if there’s one thing no vacation needs, it’s an excess of worries.