The Houseboat Supply Spot



What The Houseboat Companies Supply

When you think of houseboat supply you need to know what the company will supply and what you need to bring yourself. Let’s start with the boat. Every houseboat company will be a little different so make sure you check with them for specifics. However, most are likely to provide:

  • Fridge(s)
  • Stove
  • Oven
  • Microwave
  • Gas barbecue
  • AM/FM CD player (or something similar)
  • TV with VCR or DVD
  • VHF radio (so you can communicate with the company and other boats)
  • Bathroom with shower
  • Hot and cold running water
  • Furnace
  • Upper deck steering
  • Safety railings
  • Waterslide

Other onboard accessories will likely include:

  • Fire extinguishers (Don’t be afraid. The law says they need to be there.)
  • Life jackets (Don’t be afraid. The law says they need to be there.)
  • Cooler
  • Mop
  • Broom
  • Pots and pans
  • Dishes and utensils
  • Garbage bags
  • Toilet paper
  • Bottled water
  • Soap

Again, don’t take the above lists as gospel. Check with the houseboat company you’re dealing with for the specific items they provide.

What You Supply

Now on to what you need to bring. I’m not going to tell you how to live your lives. I can barely take care of my own. What I will do is share with you the list I use when I’m packing.

  • Guitar
  • Sweater
  • Flag
  • Denim jacket
  • Flag tie locks
  • Sweat pants
  • Barbecue starter
  • Shorts
  • Deck Chairs
  • Hats
  • Cooler(s)
  • Long johns
  • CD’s
  • Socks
  • Golf clubs
  • Warm socks
  • Golf shoes
  • Underwear
  • Slippers
  • Bandanas
  • Clogs
  • Tuggie
  • Sandals
  • Rain gear
  • Runners
  • Cargo pants
  • Hawaiian shirt
  • T-shirts
  • Bedding
  • Pen and paper
  • Pillows
  • Belt
  • Towels (at least two)
  • Suspenders
  • Insect repellent
  • Binoculars
  • Golf shirt
  • Flashlight(s)
  • Golf pants
  • Camera and extra batteries
  • Garbage bags – clothes
  • Bathroom stuff (shampoo, toothpaste, etc)
  • Lounging clothes
  • Skin cream
  • Coat
  • Cell phone
  • Cell phone adaptor
  • Bathing suits (You’ll want a clean one for every few days you’re out)
  • Leaf bag stand & bags (for empties and large garbage items)

Keep in mind the fact that this is my list and it was built for my needs. So take it with a grain of salt and feel free to add or delete depending on your personal requirements.

A Woman’s Perspective

After sharing the above list with my crew mates, one of the gals suggested that my list was obviously compiled by a man and did not take into account things that a woman may feel are important. So without further ado here is what she sent me.

Thanks J.

  • Long sleeved shirt
  • Sarong or bathing suit cover-up
  • Old jacket for sitting around the fire
  • Sunglasses (2 because I always seem to misplace them)
  • Medications
  • Any personal hygiene items
  • Tanning oil and/or sunscreen
  • Hair elastics
  • Hiking boots
  • Film (some of us still use old cameras)
  • Playing cards, dice, movies (if there is a VCR or DVD)
  • Puzzle books
  • Twine for a clothesline
  • Clothespins
  • Umbrella
  • Sewing kit
  • Facecloth and hand soap
  • Newspaper for starting a fire
  • First aid kit
  • Super glue
  • Duct tape
  • Axe
  • Freezer packs
  • Ear plugs in case of noisy neighbors
  • Power bar
  • BBQ tools


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