8. Gear up for a good time
Pack all toys including wake or surfboards, water skis, tubes, tow ropes, gloves and more.
9. Pack the necessities
With the essential prep done, make sure you don’t forget the little things that make a big difference:
- A dry bag for your phone, wallet and car keys
- All necessary chargers for your phone, tablet or handheld VHF radio
- Sunscreen, hats, sunglasses, jackets, personal medications and towels
- Clothing you can layer to keep warm and dry
- Provision drinks and snacks for the time you’ll be on the water
10. Get your crew on board
Pick a first mate who will be your go-to helper for the day or the whole outing. Be sure to include key decision-makers in the planning of the trip to help manage expectations and include everyone’s must-do activities. There’s no substitute for buy-in.
11. Let the good times roll
Now it’s time for the fun part! Pick your playlists for the drive and for the water; get your crew to volunteer homemade treats to bring along; make your trip a unique hashtag to keep everyone’s photos in one spot—whatever else you want to make this the trip of a lifetime.
Whether you’re enjoying tow sports at your local body of water, exploring coves in distant places like Lake Powell or Lake Lanier, inviting friends for an entertaining cruise or all of the above, a vacation checklist makes everything go more smoothly.