Pack it in. Pack it out.

It is important to remember that what you’ll be packing to bring on to the boat you’ll have to repack once your trip is finished, so try not to bring too much! Forever Resorts offers porters and/or wheeled carts to load and unload your belongings, but packing light will have its merits when it’s time to head home.

Paper or Plastic?

When packing your food and drinks, it’s a good idea to consider minimal packaging whenever possible. The less waste you generate, the less you’ll need to deal with after your trip. Every marina offers recycling stations, so be sure to take advantage of them. It is a good idea to avoid glass containers, particularly with items that will be discarded. Try to select compact and non-breakable packaging for your houseboat trip.

Frozen Goods

A trick that some houseboaters use to extend the life of their frozen food and ice supply is using ice-chests with a combination of regular and dry-ice. If you’re planning on packing frozen items that are to be used a few days into your trip, you can keep them at temperature longer by utilizing both dry ice and regular ice in a tightly sealed ice-chest. This trick will allow your frozen goods to be ready to thaw later in your vacation. An added advantage of this is the room it will save in the on-board refrigerator for other more commonly used items.

Houseboat Gear : Top 10 Items

  • Sunscreen / Tanning Oil – you’re going to need plenty of it, even during the cooler and more cloudy days. Waterproof sunscreen is also highly suggested! 
  • Beach Towels – one for every few days that you are on the lake.
  • Digital Camera or Camcorder – a vacation this great needs proof. Don’t forget to bring the charger!
  • Favorite Spices – everyone has their favorite grilling and cooking recipes. Bring your favorite spices from home, the houseboat only includes salt and pepper.
  • Ice – see our Frozen Goods section above for more info on this. Ice is available for purchase at all of our marinas.
  • Hiking Boots or Shoes – there’s so much to discover along the shores at every lake, so be sure to bring appropriate footwear.
  • Ski Vests – bring your own personal ski vest or purchase a ski vest at the Marina Store.
  • Water – you’re going to get thirsty with all the fun you’ll be having!
  • Music Player – all of our houseboats come equipped with music-player connections. Keep the good times rolling with your favorite tunes!
  • First Aid Kit – all of our houseboats come equipped with first aid kits, but you know your guests best! Make sure to pack whatever you think you may need in case of an emergency.


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