It’s always hard to know what to pack or expect on new adventures. So when we were headed to Lake Powell for a week I picked the brains of the best I knew, two families who have spent countless hours with their kids on the water at Lake Powell, the Andreasens and the Huffakers. Here’s their priceless advice and packing list just for you!
1. Eucerin Lotion (The Kind In The Tub) – This saved our lives! Because everyone is in their lifejackets all day long you’ll start to notice raw sore spots on the neck, under the chin and around the armpits from chaffing. Slather the lotion in these spots. Like seriously SLATHER! don’t rub it in all the way. It’s okay to see white still. It will protect these spots from getting worse. (sidenote: The Walmart brand works just as great.)
2. Rash Guards – These are a must! My kids spent the entire week wearing them. Their duty is two-fold – to help cut down on the chaffing from the lifejackets and keep sunburns at bay. 3. Comfy Life Jackets – Your kids will be wearing their lifejackets all day long for a week, they’ll become like their favorite blanky. Make sure it’s comfy. Take time to have them try them on, feel different materials and make sure the fit is right whether you’re buying or borrowing. You’ll save yourself a lot of heartache in the end. Also sit down and discuss what’s expected on your trip. Wearing their lifejackets should be top priority. And of course wear yours as a good example. 4. Sunscreen – Bring at least 2 full bottles, more if using spray on. If the kids get burned on the first day it makes the rest of the trip pretty miserable. It’s a pain to put on the first couple of days but then it just becomes habit. Lube up first thing every morning and keep it handy throughout the day. You’ll be in and out of the water so much you’ll need it. 5. Buddy System – This is a no brainer. To save your sanity while on the water make sure each of your kids has a buddy they are assigned for the duration of the trip. Trouble can happen quickly on the water. This is good advice for adults too especially when going on outings to explore the many finger canyons at Lake Powell.
6. Hydration – When water seems to be in such a surplus on a trip like this you forget that you need to actually drink it. Dehydration can be a big deal in this climate. When you lather on the sunscreen each morning make a habit of drinking lots of water too. And pack a water bottle for each of your kids. It’s always good to have them with you all the time, whether you are hiking, jetskiing, paddling, boating, etc. Don’t worry about too many potty breaks, you can just hop in the water and take a tinkle. 7. Find Shade – Find shade whenever possible. Little ones get worn out fast if they’re in the sun all day. Extend your fun by keeping them cool. 8. Two Beach Towels Per Person – Since you’re in and out of the water All. Day. Long. your towel seems to be wet all day long. So bring two! Alternate between the two and hang them up at night on a clothes line so they can dry out as much as possible. 9. Sandals or Water Shoes – You don’t want to go barefoot on any outings. A lot of times you’ll want to get off the boat and explore the land or find a place to cliff jump. The sand gets hot and some places are pretty rocky or have pokey bushes. Have something to protect little ones feet. I’d recommend Chaco sandals. Rock Creek is having an end of summer sale right now and they are 25% off for kids and adults!
10. games – Bring some games to play. They bring old and young together and it’s a fun way to spend some time in the shade as well. Here’s a 30 second wrap up video of our trip so you can get an idea of what it’s like at Lake Powell with kids…
And here’s a post about the mother/son jet ski outing I was able to go on with Corbin to LaGorce Arch.
There you have it! A big thank you to the Andreasens and Huffakers for sharing their many years of experience! If you have anything else to add we’d love to hear it! Leave a comment below or join the conversation on our social media pages!
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