From seasoned swimmers to those who are less confident of their skills in the water, a lifejacket is not only a great idea to have on hand when spending the day on a lake or river, in the ocean or by a pool, but a necessity. Bulky, hot and uncomfortable, lifejackets are often tossed to the side, a move that can have tragic consequences. But with new, lightweight materials and designs for specific water activities, there’s no excuse to ever be without a lifejacket.
Several steps are involved with water safety, including never swimming alone, taking swimming lessons, keeping up to date on CPR certifications and more, but one of the most straightforward steps to follow is always wearing a lifejacket when boating or learning to swim.
Whether for yourself or your kids, it’s always important to pack a lifejacket. We rounded up a few different options below.