The Joy of Boat Camping

fall-boatingCamping isn’t just throwing gear into your car and heading for the woods or mountains. As a boater, you have access to an entirely different kind of camping. You can cruise offshore, find yourself a secluded beach or island inaccessible to non-boaters, and camp out in solitude under the stars listening to the sound of the surf.

While camping with your boat is fun and rewarding, it does have its challenges. Here are some tips to keep in mind when boat camping.bosuns-boat-camping-photo

  • Space is tight on a boat. Plan how to pack your camping gear onboard so that everything is easily accessible and gear that can’t get wet is protected.
  • Remember that when camping offshore you can’t just run to the store if you forgot something. Make a packing list and check it multiple times.
  • Remember to pack essential gear such as flashlights or headlamps, something to start a fire with, a good first-aid kit, and plenty of fresh water.
  • It’s a good idea to prepare meals ahead of time and have food that is easily reheated.
  • Make sure to bring lots of sunscreen, bug spray and appropriate clothes for rain, wind and cold weather.
  • Maybe you’ll sleep onboard. But if you do bring a tent, make it a small one that won’t take up much space on your boat.
  • You’ll need to properly dispose of your waste. If your boat doesn’t have a head and there are no facilities where you are camping, check the area’s regulations. You may need to dig a hole for your waste or use plastic bags to remove it when you leave.