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5 Easy-To-Pack Recipes for Your Next Boat Trip

There’s nothing in the world like a good lake day. It’s even better if you get to be on a boat! Being on a boat all day does require some solid packing skills, though. Your necessities for the day might vary depending on the size of your party. 

No matter what factors are at play, you should always take food, water and sunscreen. No exceptions. You never know what could happen. Though it’s unlikely, there is always the possibility you could get stranded. It’s better to be safe than sorry.


Snacks are perfect for a day on the boat! If you’re busy swimming or chilling on your raft, you won’t want to stop to have a big lunch. Snacks are great in these situations. There are so many options of snacks you could bring and even more if you plan on taking a cooler. 

There’s something so refreshing about crisp veggies and fresh fruit on a hot summer day. Stuff like frozen grapes, apples, watermelon, bananas, and strawberries are great for dipping. Fruit dips are where it’s at in the summertime. Here is a couple to keep in mind when planning your next boat outing. 

Marshmallow Fluff Fruit Dip

All you need for this recipe is marshmallow cream, cream cheese, and powdered sugar. It’s that simple! You just throw it all in a bowl, mix it up with a mixer and voila! This dip would be great with graham crackers, fruit, or animal crackers. 

Brown Sugar Cream Cheese Fruit Dip

This recipe is easy to make and only uses five ingredients. To make this delicious dip, you’ll need cream cheese, brown sugar, white sugar, vanilla extract, and salt. This is the same concept as the marshmallow fluff. You just mix it all together, and you’re done! 


Salads are great during the summer because they’re so light. There’s less of a chance of you getting super stuffed and being too miserable to swim from eating a salad. Besides the traditional salad with lettuce and a few toppings (although those are great too), there are so many ways you can mix it up with a salad. 

Chicken salad recipes are fantastic, especially since you can put them on a sandwich and don’t have to worry about utensils (in case you forgot to pack them).


Sandwiches are picturesque picnic food, and they’re great for smaller parties. They’re budget-friendly, too, so that’s a plus! Just throw some meat on some bread and a bag of chips, and you’re good to go! If you’re a fan of sandwiches but want to get more creative with them, here is an excellent combination for you.

Cuban Sandwiches

For these tasty Cuban sandwiches, you need a loaf of Cuban bread, butter, mustard, dill pickles, thinly sliced deli roasted pork, baked ham and swiss cheese. Soften the butter and spread it on the bread before adding the mustard. Then arrange the meat, cheese, and pickles as you want, and you are good to go.    


Wraps are ideal for boat days because there’s essentially no cleanup. Everything is tightly rolled into a tortilla of goodness, so there’s less chance for spills or condiment seepage. Cucumber and cream cheese pinwheels are easy to make and tasty! There are so many options for delicious wraps that could be used as a snack or a midday meal!

Chips & Dips

Chips and dip are among the best snacks when you’ve been swimming and want a quick bite. Here are some fabulous dip recipes to take a stab at. Some of them might even be good with fruits or veggies too. Double whammy! Crack dip is by far the best dip out there. I’m telling you, you have to try it. You’re welcome.

Crack Dip

Take some sour cream, ranch seasoning, bacon bits, and shredded cheese and mix it all up. You can substitute softened cream cheese for sour cream if you want a thicker recipe. You can also fry some bacon and use that in place of bacon bits. 

If you want to spice it up, throw in some extra cheese. The recipe calls for 16 ounces of sour cream and only one cup of shredded cheddar cheese. The packet of ranch seasoning is one ounce and three ounces of bacon bits.

Pour It Up

Lake days are not the same without your sweet and savory drink of choice in your hand. Ice-cold lemonade doesn’t have the same appeal during the winter months as in mid-July. Sweet tea vodka is so good with lemonade. For some reason, it tastes so much better on the lake. Whatever you prefer to drink, pack it up and take it with you. You could take a cooler full of beer or mix some punch for the kids. You could also make a separate punch for the adults and personalize cups or containers to make it more fun. Mason jars are great for this, and they could be used again and again! Just make sure you label them, so they don’t get mixed up.

Lake Life

Going to the lake is a great way to get out and enjoy the sunshine. If you pack accordingly, you should have a great time! Make sure you’re prepared so you don’t have to drench yourself with aloe when you return to your house. That sun is brutal.

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