As an adult, I've been forced to get over my fear and have floated the river at least once a year since. This weekend marks first my trip of the season, so I thought I would share my "river essentials" for having a successful float.
1. SUNSCREEN. The only safe tan is a fake tan, and I'm a huge proponent for safe sun. A few years ago a co-worker legitimately asked me one day when I was wearing a dress if I had white panty hose on. You guessed it, I wasn't wearing hose. I'm not sure if I should be more offended that she asked that question or the fact that she thought I would even own white hose in the first place. FML.
So, as you can I imagine, I literally cannot be in the sun for more than a few minutes without starting to burn. And I'd much rather be a sunscreen natzi then end up wrinkly or dead. My sunscreen picks:
|Very lightweight and non-greasy feel for your face. [BUY]|
|Equate Sport Continuous Spray Sun Screen - found at Wal-Mart|
3. AN OLD OR CHEAP SWIMSUIT. River water, as I already mentioned, is grimy. It could stain your suit so I always wear an old or cheap swimsuit I wouldn't mind getting ruined.
I suggest no light color suits unless you want to risk getting brown stains all over it. The last thing I need is to get out of the river and have it look like I pooped myself. And yes, their bodies are so gross, I don't know who these skanks think they are wearing bikinis.
4. OLD TENNIS SHOES. Unfortunately, you can't wear flip-flops on the river because your feet need protection from the rocky and slippery river bottom. I feel like a complete frump wearing tennis shoes and a bikini (trust me, not a good look), but I refuse to wear "water shoes" or even worse, those DISGUSTING toe shoes.
If you have ever even thought about wearing these hideous things, we are no longer friends. I was embarrassed even Googling this image:
6. CHEAP SUNGLASSES. My favorite places to buy cheap sunglasses is from the sunglasses table in the B.P. section at Nordstrom (y'all know the one I'm talking about? They're all like $10?) or at Charming Charlies.
7. Last but not least, BEER. The whole point of floating the river is to lay back, relax in your tube and enjoy a few ice cold brewskis. My beer of choice is Miller Lite in case any of you want to overnight me a Memorial Day present.
I hope every one has a great and safe Memorial Day weekend! I'll catch ya on the flip side.
p.s. Don't forget Monday I'm continuing my "Home Tour". If you want to link-up, you get to show off your bedroom!