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4 Things to Pack for Your Boat Tour August 14, 2019

Kekaha-Waimea, Kauai
4 Things to Pack for Your Boat Tour, Kekaha-Waimea, Hawaii

Taking your family on boat tours is an opportunity to see nature from a different perspective. This guided tour allows you to see wildlife, the landscape, and historical sites, while also letting you spend time on the water. However, forgetting to bring along a few crucial supplies will dampen your fun time.

Key Items to Take on a Boat Tour

1. Sunscreen

You should pack a sunscreen that’s SPF 30 or higher. Even if you applied sunscreen liberally before starting your raft tour, you should still bring a spare bottle along. If you get wet, or if the tour lasts more than 1 hour, you will need to reapply the lotion. Failing to keep your skin protected, especially in tropical climates, will result in severe sunburn or worse.

2. Flip-Flops or Water Shoes

You’ll likely have to spend time in the water, even if it’s getting back and forth to the boat. For that reason, you will want footwear that you can wear in the water. While flip-flops with traction are one option, they may slip off of your feet in the water. An alternative is to wear an old pair of sneakers that fit around the ankles. They will help you keep your footing in the water and on land.  Hawaii’s reefs have been damaged by people who stand on the coral reef, so make sure not to do this for the sake of our corals.

3. Anti-Nausea Medicine  

Taking boat tours is an boat toursexciting adventure, but some people are more prone to seasickness than others. If this is your first time, or if you’re bringing children along, it will benefit you to bring along a supply of dimenhydrinate, commonly sold over-the-counter to combat motion sickness and nausea. Follow the instructions carefully and only administer as needed. It may is a wise precaution to consult your doctor ahead of time. Doing so will mitigate adverse reactions that result from mixing dimenhydrinate with other medications or supplements.

4. First-Aid Kit

There is limited room on the boat, so only pack a small bag that’s the size of a flight carry-on bag. However, bringing along a first-aid kit with the basics will likely come in handy.  As you’re sightseeing, you should expect injuries, bug bites, or general queasiness to occur. At the least, your kit should contain bandages of various sizes, a disinfectant spray, a bottle of aspirin or another NSAID (nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug), antiseptic wipes, and a first-aid manual.


Na Pali Riders Raft Tour offers exciting boat tours around the island of Kauai, HI. In addition to letting tourists admire this Hawaiian island from an oceanic perspective, excursions will bring you up close with whales, dolphins, and other types of sea life in the area. For answers to common questions, visit their website. When you’re ready to add adventure to your Hawaiian vacation, call (808) 742-6331 to make your reservations.