Boating Essentials for Kids

Life Jacket

One of the most important pieces of gear for a day of boating with kids (anyone for that matter), is a quality life jacket. US Coast Guard certified life jackets require a minimum weight of 18 pounds. Life jackets labeled “infant” typically cover 18 to 30 pounds. We looked for one with breathable mesh on the back to help avoid overheating.

Our Pick

Mustang Survival’s Lil’ Legends 100 Infant Life Jacket


Little ones need shades, especially when out on the water. The reflective sun from the water can cause sunburn to the eyes and wind can cause painful dry eyes, We went through quite a few pair that barely lasted a day and finally found the prefect brand for our kiddos, Babiators! They’re durable, soft plastic & come with a one-year replacement guarantee. They also frequently have deals, so check their site often.

Our Pick

Black Ops Navigator


This one doesn’t even need an explanation. I need sunscreen, you need sunscreen, the kids need sunscreen. We’re all getting sunscreen! We look for zinc-based with minimal additives and prefer sticks and lotions.

Our Pick