How to Have an Unforgettable Boat Camping Adventure

Jeff Adams
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Imagine a camping trip without wildlife wandering by your tent or people talking loudly around a nearby campfire.

Seem unlikely? It might be time to try boat camping—a trip where there are no roads or hiking boots required, just a sense of adventure and a love of water. 

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Stop imagining and plan you first boat camping trip. Keep these tips in mind as you pack and move from one location to another.

Pack for Your Adventure

Camping on the water, or on the hook as it's commonly known, is much like camping on land. Like RVs, many boats have a galley, a toilet, and ample seating space that doubles as a sleeping area. You can add these amenities to a boat that doesn't already have them by adding a portable toilet, sleeping bags, a cooler, a camping stove and a 5-gallon fresh water container.

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Despite the luxuries, most boat campground sites are primitive and often, fires are prohibited, even on shore. Don't forget that with minimal storage space, packing can be tricky as well.

Here's what you should always make room for:

  • Sunglasses
  • Brimmed hat
  • Long-sleeved shirts
  • Long pants
  • Sweater
  • Sweatshirt
  • Sunscreen
  • Insect repellant
  • Extra drinking water

This is not a complete packing list, but it's a good starting point. Fill in the other items based on where you're going, what you like to eat, and other personal preferences.

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