Tips for buying a floaty this summer. (Photo: iStock)
Floaties are no longer just for kids.
Instagram posts, music videos and festivals next to bodies of water have created a yearning in the hearts of millennials and other youngsters for a sweet, air-filled plastic toy to complete our summer experience.
If you want to join the legions of floaty-lovers this summer, here are a few things to consider before you float off.
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Go big or go home
Depending on where you want to use it, the bigger the better. Trying to balance yourself on a tiny floaty doesn't equal fun pool times. If you're planning to use it in the lake or the sea, go all out because the more people you can get on there the more of a jam you'll have.
But make sure your floaty doesn't dwarf your pool - or take up all the space making some frenemies in the process.
Be a little crazy
Floaties for adults have become extremely popular over the last few years, and with it came the wackiest and most colourful designs to make your pool look like it just came out of a music video.
I myself recently acquired a massive pineapple lilo and am planning to flood my Instagram with it for the whole summer in proper keDezemba holiday style.
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Do you want to have a party or relax in the sun?
Do you want a floaty you can jam in, or a comfy one perfect for reading a book and getting a tan?
The rings are great for parties and hanging out with other fellow floaty-enthusiasts, but a lilo is where you wanna be at for that relaxation game.
Let the price match your use
Floaties - especially the pretty ones - are not the cheapest, and you should figure out how much you want to use it and for how long. Obviously the cheaper it is the more easily it will get punctured, but this might be better for your wallet if you're planning to destroy it at Up the Creek.
But if you want your floaty to last for a few summers, it's best to shell out the rands for a pricier one made from sturdier materials.
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Cupholders is a must
Don't kid yourself - in this South African sun you'll be drinking like a fish (alcoholic AND non-alcoholic) and you'll feel extra blessed when you're able to put your drink right next to you on your floaty.
You can even go a step further and splash out on a floaty bar - it has a big holder where you can chuck ice in and instantly become the most popular pool spot in your friend circle.
Extra care tip: Wash with soap when using at a lake or in the sea
While chlorinated pool water will keep your floaty clean, when you use it in a lake or the sea it could pick up a few yucky things, especially the inside part you never see.
After using it outside of a pool, just deflate it and rinse with fresh water from a hose and some soap - unless you're bringing it back from a festival. Then it's better to give it up and start saving up for a new one.
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