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Life is Better on a Boat

It’s officially summer and the temperatures in South Louisiana are heating up, fast! When I was little, summer meant pool parties and going to the beach. Now that I’m older, I still frequent the pool, but getting away to the beach takes coordination and time we (my husband and I) don’t always have. Instead, taking our boat out can be a day trip or even an overnight trip (if we stay at our friend’s camp), weather permitting!

A little back story: Josh bought a boat three years ago, before we even got married (priorities, am I right?). I’ll admit I was little wary at first, I mean the only boat we’d ever had before that was a canoe. But, ever since then, it’s been a staple in our weekend plans. After all, weekends on the boat are weekends well spent.

Boating in South Louisiana

This past weekend is the first time we’ve been out in a few weeks due to the abnormal amount of rain we’ve seen lately! Tropical Storm Cindy came through and dumped a ton of rain and even flooded the landing where we launch the boat. The docks were under water, but it’s nothing we’ve haven’t seen before and couldn’t work around.

After launching the boat, we wind our way down the creek that leads to the river that then leads the lake. The lake is usually the final destination and where we can wakeboard, tube, and float! P.S. Did anyone see my wakeboard-ing video on Instagram?  It was my first day trying it and I was able to get the hang of it!


Josh has taught me everything I know about boating. For the longest time I was too scared to drive the boat–it’s a little different than driving a car y’all. But, I’ve got the hang of it now! Y’all can call me Captain Allison. Of course, a captain is only as good as his co-captain–meet mine: Laney!

Laney loves taking the boat out as much as we do! She loves the wind in her face and the amount of bugs she gets to chase and eat! She’ll even get in the lake from time to time–it gets pretty hot out there and everyone needs to cool off sometimes. To ease the worry of this fur-momma, she always wears her life jacket! My favorite thing about doggie life-jackets is the fact that they have an easy grab handle, in case you need to yank them out of the water!

The ride down the river is so peaceful; you rarely see any other boats (unless it’s Labor Day weekend or Memorial Day weekend). It’s just you, the sunshine, and the gators! Don’t worry; if you don’t bother them, they won’t bother you! Going down the river is the ultimate relaxation and the best way to clear your mind. In fact, I’d argue that going out on a boat does wonders for your well-being!

If you’re still not convinced that a few hours on a boat can make a great getaway, check out the view of the lake! It’s my favorite when it’s smooth as glass. When planning your next adventure on the water, make sure you’re prepared for a day on the water.


When taking the boat out, I make sure to pack of few things to help make the day run smoothly and so I’m prepared for almost anything! We’ve already covered the first item of business:

  • Life jackets. We ALWAYS have life jackets in the boat and Laney ALWAYS wears one.
  • Sunnies. Josh wears his Costas and I always have a pair or two in the boat.

  • Sunscreen. This is a must even when it’s overcast! I have sensitive skin so brands like Neutrogena and Aveeno work best! Apply and then make sure you reapply.

  • Snacks on snacks on snacks. I’m currently obsessed with Boom Chicka Pop and Go Squeez Applesauce. Perfect boat snacks! Josh prefers all of the sunflower seeds and sometimes Whales (which he argues are WAY better than Goldfish)!
  • Towels. You’ll want to dry off after your swim in the lake/river. Towels come in handy if you run into a stray rain shower or two!

  • Koozie. No one wants cold or wet hands, so make sure you pack a koozie or two! We always store a few in the boat just in case!
  • An ice chest stocked with drinks. Being out on the boat in the heat of the day can be draining. That’s why we always stock the Yeti with lots and lots of water and other fun drinks!

So what are you waiting for? Get out on a boat today! If you’re interested in owning a boat, visit Discover Boating’s website. They have cost comparison tools that can help make the buying decision easier. Take it from a boat owner, owning a boat is way more affordable than you’d think–and oh so worth it!

  • So fun! If we lived by the water I would love to have a boat too.

  • Jessica Jacobowitz Weinberg

    I usually get sick on boats unfortunately but they are so fun in the summer!
    xo Jessica

  • That looks like so much fun! Laney is adorable in her little life jacket! I think our dogs would love this, but we’d have a hard time keeping them on the boat. They’re obsessed with swimming! We’d definitely need the life jacket handle to pull them in!

  • Tabitha Bitner

    OMG, your post makes me want to buy a boat. That look like a load of fun!

  • Wish we had a boat although I wouldn’t go in the water because I’m afraid of touching something I can’t see. Lol

  • This looks so fun! Your pup is so sweet!

  • Sounds like a great way to have summer fun on the weekends! The only boat my family ever had was an aluminum fishing boat with a little outboard motor that was always acting up—but still, we sure had a lot of fun! I’ve never seen a life jacket for dogs before–smart idea!

  • This looks like an amazing experience especially during summer!

  • I want a boat in the WORST way. Unfortunately in WI it just isn’t cost effective – at most maybe you get 3 months of good boating weather. Not worth it 🙁

  • I love boating! Me and a few of fiance’s friends are going out on the lake this summer for the weekend and i’m majorly excited!

  • I think it’s so cool that you have a boat!! My husband and I would love to have one, but there’s no where to have one in the city where we live! I love how you take your doggie with you!

  • Ohbeehave

    I really enjoy getting out and boating too! My hubby and I did a couple of sailing courses over the last two years and we would love to buy our own boat and sail away for a year or so (gotta have dreams!) I feel about nervous about the Alligators you mentioned though… do you have to watch out for the dog with them too??

  • Brooke Pollard

    I love boating in the summer heat too! We always stock up on waters for the cooler and keep life jackets on the boat – we also love to fish! Happy boating!

  • I’d love to own a boat! Maybe if someone else could maintain it, lol.

  • Taylor Mobley

    Boating in the summer is SO much fun! One of my favorite things to do to beat the heat. Love these pics!

  • This is so cool! Love the photos! A boat holiday is still on my bucket list! X

  • Riva Treasure

    Mu husband and I also have a boat! I am more of a slow pontoon fan though. All of your recommendations are so true! Your boat is so cute and love that your dog goes on!

  • I hope my husband and I can get a boat one day – I love being out on the water!

  • Kaitlyn Fickle Killebrew

    First of all, Laney is adorable in her little life jacket!❤ Second we still need to get out on the boat this summer! It seems like a blast!

  • Neely

    There is just something so relaxing about being on the water

  • Mar

    Ah, I’m so jealous! Looks like the perfect little escape, and so relaxing! Happy summer 🙂

  • JeeYoung

    Boating is the best!! Love this time of year for us in Michigan!

  • yess!! Love boating! Also love me some boom chicka pop!

  • I always wish we had a boat this time of year!! That looks so fun!! I love being on the river!