What to Pack for a Day on the Boat

If you live in the Lake Erie area, it would be a shame to not take advantage of a full service marina where you can rent a boat and spend the day out on the water with the family. If you and your family have never spent a day at the lake before, here are some ideas and tips for making it a fun day to remember.


First things first, when you’re taking your boat out for the first time in the season, you want to make sure that your boating registration is in order. You don’t want to find yourself in an unlawful situation. If you fish, you definitely want to make sure your fishing license is up-to-date. While you’re at it, make sure that the fishing regulations haven’t changed since the last time you were there.

Take Pictures

No, don’t use your smartphone. Get a waterproof camera specifically for your boat trips. That way, you don’t have to worry about potential water damage to your expensive SLR camera or iPhone. Pack your expensive electronics in a waterproof bag so you can have some peace of mind while you’re spending the day on the lake.

Inner Tubes and Towlines

One great activity for the family is to simply go out on the water and relax, enjoying the currents, the air, and the warm sun. Be sure to take one or two inner tube with you that you can attach to the back of the boat. You and the kids can get pulled along in the inner tube, or you can simply lie back and relax and catch some rays.

Sun Care

When you’re out on the water, the sun reflects off the lake and creates even brighter light. UV rays reflect off the water, so sunburns come on fast. In order to protect your eyes and your skin, you and your crew need to bring sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen. Reapply after you’ve been in the water, and get better sunglasses if you want to splurge.


While you don’t want you phone near the water (keep it in a waterproof container), you will want and need some form of communication for safety purposes. You never know when an emergency will arise, be it a health crisis or engine failure. You’ll need either a phone or a marine radio (or both) so you can call for help should the need arise.


Make sure the boat has a fire extinguisher on board so you have something in case of emergency. You’ll also want to make sure the boat has a first aid kit that includes items like a whistle, pain relievers, and antiseptics. Never leave shore without enough life jackets for everyone on board. This is more than a suggestion. In many jurisdictions it is the law that you and your passengers must be wearing them.

We hope you and your family have a fun day at the lake. Remember to follow safe boating rules and don’t forget your sunscreen!


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