Maybe Floatopia totally snuck up on you this time and you're in a slight panic. (We know the feeling.) But even if your home is sadly barren of duck floaties, water guns, and buoyant coolers, take heart. There's still time to acquire the perfect accessories to help make this Saturday an afternoon to remember.
Check out our guide to the best gear for the fall installation of Floatopia. Most of it is available from stores with local outposts (though we can't guarantee they won't be sold out after being overrun by Floatopians). Some, however, will require expedited shipping. Which will absolutely be worth it.
Look, there's no way you're under that 66-pound weight limit. Hell, maybe one lone thigh isn't even under that weight limit. But no matter. These $5 suckers from Big Lots have self-adjusting straps, so there's no reason you can't rock 'em around your arms. Pink sharks = WIN.
You're a delicate little flower, and you want the world to know. What better way than by riding around in a giant yellow sunflower? All you need is sunshine and water, and you'll blossom like so much fertile flora. At $34.99 from Walmart, it's a steal.
The only thing better than a giant flower is a giant dog. And this adorable dalmatian is ready to hit the waves. Now's your chance to give this dog ($15.29 from Target) his day.
It's football season, so you better take every chance available to rep those Fins, particularly while they're still in everyone's good graces. Score this team toss game for $29.95 from the official Dolphins team store, and show Floatopians where your loyalties lie.
If you really wanna go all-out, this epic party float will fit your whole crew and any hangers-on who come along. Plus, it has got room for an MP3 player, drink holders, a canopy with a removable air vent, and pretty much everything else you could ever need for a day at sea. At $299.99 from West Marine, it's not cheap -- but seriously, the beach cred you'll score for busting this out is well worth it.
Look, if your beer floats away atop an adorable pink flamingo, can you really be sad about it? Let these birdies fly where they may, and make new friends while you're at it. What's more Floridian or Floatopian than these? At $13.74 for a dozen via Amazon, you'll have more than enough.
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What's a day of water-bound debauchery if you can't capture it for all eternity? In the age of social media, if you can't Instagram it, it didn't happen. So pick up a GoPro HERO 3 from the friendly folks at Austin's Dive Center for $299.95. You'll get more than your money's worth of bikini shots, inflatable madness, and floating antics caught on camera.
Oh, and don't forget the less-than-glamorous stuff, such as sunscreen, plastic cups, and an anchor for your float. That's all Walmart, baby.