Overnight Boating Checklist

Getting ready to spend the night on your boat? Use this overnight boating checklist to make sure you have everything you need for a safe, enjoyable experience!

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A Boat in General Working Order

Before leaving for overnight boating, give the craft a complete and thorough check. Make sure the engine is running smoothly and that there are no mechanical issues. You’ll also want to verify that all the lights are functioning as needed.

Plenty of Water

Fresh drinking water is essential on an overnight boating trip, and you can’t just run to the grocery store for another gallon. If your boat is equipped with one, make sure the fresh water tank is full. You should also pack plenty of extra water bottles for the trip.

Food and Snacks

You don’t want to get too hungry while boating overnight. Make sure you pack more than enough food for your entire trip so your group stays happy all through your adventure. The last thing you want on an overnight boating trip is hungry, grumpy passengers!


Even if your boat is well lit from front to back, you should have at least one flashlight on board. You may need it for walking on islands or in case of an emergency, so make sure it’s easy to find and ready to use. Extra batteries for the flashlight should also be onboard.

Signaling Tools

If there is an emergency, such as a stalled engine, you need to be able to signal for help. You can’t always rely on technology, so be sure to have manual tools like flares and air horns onboard, which can be used to signal other boats even if the radio is broken.

Blankets & Jackets

Even in summer, nights can get cold on the water. Make sure you bring plenty of blankets and each passenger has a jacket to prepare for chilly evenings. Being cold while on the water is quite unpleasant, especially throughout the night.


All the little things that make modern living so clean and comfortable need to come with you on the boat. This means biodegradable toilet paper, toothbrushes, hairbrushes, soap, and more.

Fully-Stocked First Aid Kit

A first aid kit can be critical on a boat. Make sure it’s fully stocked with all the right items, including burn ointment, antiseptic ointment, and bandages. Lip balm, sun protection, and bug repellant are also great to include in your first aid kit.

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