Before moving to The Bahamas, I thought that inflatables were either rings or mats, and only to be used in a pool. I’ve since seen the light. Inflatables are an essential part of island life.
As a family, we like to spend our downtime going to quiet beaches. Yet as soon as we get there, I get itchy feet and like to explore. This is great for our little dog, but triggers complaints from my two daughters, who hate walking, unless it’s to the bakery. I’ve found the antidote to this: inflatables.
Since living on Harbour Island, I’ve realized that, like many things, inflatables have their own seasonal fashion. Last year, it seemed to be flamingos and peacocks; this year, it is oversized unicorns. I’m yet to own my own flamingo or peacock, let alone a unicorn, so I’m a few seasons behind. I do, however, thanks to having children, own some pretty interesting ones.
There is a limited supply of inflatables for sale on the island, so what we own was either on sale last time we were in Walmart, or are someone’s hand-me-downs. Here are some examples:
A dog (see photos)
A log (tricky to use, you kind of just had to flop over it)
A wiggly flower shape (similar skills needed to a ring)
A watermelon (like a bed, awesome. No balancing required)
An emoji (see notes above)
They can take a bit of commitment to inflate, but it’s generally worth the effort. The girls play with them for a bit, then, when they’re done, I get myself comfortable and relax.
Here’s a chart comparing inflatables to lying on the beach (because we all like charts, right?):
|Squishy like a mattress||Feels hard after 10 minutes|
|Bob gently up and down, lulling you to sleep||Stationary|
|Often have cup holders||Can dig a cup holder, but drink is exposed|
|Less bugs on the water||Buggy (Noseeums, ants, mosquitoes)|
So I’m going to continue working on my inflatable floating skills. Being able to balance and relax on any shape has improved my family’s quality of life immeasurably.
I can’t help but wonder – what will we be floating on next season?
Are inflatables popular on your island too? What types do you and your island family float on?