Go with the flow

9 Essential Items for Your Next Tubing Trip

Float your boat with the right look.

By Abby Ledoux Published in the June 2020 issue of Houstonia Magazine

Astral Men’s Water Shoes

$90, Whole Earth Provision Co.: Montrose, wholeearthprovision.com

Who will save your sole? These water shoes, cleverly disguised as sneakers, are cool enough to go from river to restaurant.

Kodak Underwater Disposable Camera

$20, Urban Outfitters: Multiple locations, urbanoutfitters.com

Call it the cheapest time machine ever: You’ll be transported back to your ’90s summer camp days as soon as you pull this bad boy out.

BudhaGirl All Weather Bangles

$120, Emerson Rose: Montrose & The Heights, shopemersonrose.com

Weightless, soundless, waterproof bangles—made of flexible polyvinyl carbonate and hand-filled with gold leaf— make a bold, boho statement whether you stack all nine or just two. Who said you can’t bring bling to the river?

“Jeanne” Sunglasses

$120, Transparent Sunglasses, transparentsunglasses.com

Nothing says “summertime and the livin’ is easy” like a pair of mirrored-lens aviators. Bonus: They’re designed right here in Houston.

Tommy Bahama x Astros Swim Shorts

$95, MLB Shop: Downtown, mlbshop.com

The subtle Astros graphic on these otherwise standard-issue tropical trunks both separates you from the frat pack and proves your team allegiance.

Tequila + Topo Hat

$34, Favor the Kind: The Heights, favorthekind.com

It’s just a saying—totally not what’s in your Hydro Flask right now (you VSCO Girl, you!).

L*Space Kelli Bikini Top and Zac Bikini Bottoms

$99 each, Everything But Water: The Galleria & Town & Country*, everythingbutwater.com

A high-waisted cut makes it practical, cutouts make it cute, and neon color-blocking means you’ll never float far from your squad’s sight-lines.

Pelican Case

$32, REI: The Galleria & Willowbrook, rei.com

This mini case is water-resistant and crushproof, with an automatic pressure purge valve and case liner to protect your phone and any other essentials.

Umbra Sheer Physical Daily Defense

$34, Drunk Elephant, drunkelephant.com

Anyone who’s anyone knows this stuff is the holy grail of sunscreen, loaded with natural ingredients to protect and hydrate skin and foster a healthy glow.

*The location of Everything But Water

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