Last updated on January 27th, 2020 at 01:17 pm
My wife and I always seem to take too much gear when boat camping in our 19-foot Cobia Center Console. Approaching a low bridge recently while navigating a narrow, shallow channel, I had to scramble around gear on the deck to release the strap clips so I could lower my Bimini top.
I also made the mistake of storing camping gear above a hatch I needed for dock lines. How dumb could I be?
As it was, I had already cut back, eliminated some cooking gear.
Taking a few queues from kayaker Warren Richey, who packs far more useful gear in dramatically smaller space, I’m revising my pack checklist. You can see Warren’s kayak camping checklist here. https://www.floridarambler.com/florida-best-camping/kayak-camping-checklist/
While requirements for a motorboat are less restrictive, there are lessons to be learned.
- Dry-seal duffle bag to contain and protect clothing from water.
- Broad-brimmed hat or flats hat and baseball cap
- Lightweight, breathable rain/wind jacket
- Quick-dry shorts
- Quick-dry fishing shirt
- Quick-dry underwear
- T-shirts (short and long-sleeve)
- Water shoes
- Sweatpants and sweatshirt
- Tent (and poles) or jungle hammock
- Sand stakes and hard-ground stakes
- Tent repair kit w/ seam sealer
- Ground tarp
- Inflatable mattresses (Boat cushions work, too)
- Sleeping bags (stuffed in dry bags)
- Flashlight and/or lantern
- Bug repellent
- Biodegradable toilet paper
- Portable potty (optional, but good to have)
- Biodegradable soap
- Backpacker’s propane stove
- Cooking pot
- Coffee pot
- Lighter and waterproof matches
- Forks and spoons
- Plates and/or bowls (paper is disposable in campfire)
- Multi-tool with can opener and corkscrew
FOOD AND WATER
- Maximum-cold marine cooler
- Gallon jugs of frozen water and drinking water
- One-pot meals, pre-cooked and frozen **
- Cold cuts, cheese and fresh bread
- Fruit and vegetables
- Granola bars
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Bob Rountree is a beach bum, angler and camper who has explored Florida for decades. No adventure is complete without a scenic paddle trail or unpaved road to nowhere. Bob co-founded FloridaRambler.com with fellow journalist Bonnie Gross 12 years ago.