So you’ve decided to go out for the day on your boat. If you are going for more than a few hours then you need to pack some snacks with you. Some snacks really complement a day out at sea, while others really should stay back home in your kitchen. Here’s our list of snacks to take on a boating trip.
Well it’s not really a snack, but it is the most important non-boat related item you take with you, so I thought I would mention it first. As you know getting dehydrated is easy to do when you are out at sea. Not only are you getting hit from the sun above, but the reflection off the water and sea magnifies its effects. So take plenty of water to cover you if you have engine problems. Your body can survive weeks without food, but in less than 24 hours your body will start failing without water.
Cook some chicken up (or buy some pre-cooked) and put it in the fridge overnight. Keep it cold in the cooler while on the boat and enjoy a good meal when the time is right. Cold chicken is great if stored properly and a little bit of protein is good for you too. I prefer the deep-fried, but it’s obviously not the healthiest option.
Fruit and Nuts
These are great for snacking on while out on the boat. Fruits and nuts are full of monounsaturated fat (the good kind of fats) and fibre. They are also high in antioxidant and will boast your energy as the day goes on. The best kinds of nuts are almonds, cashews and pistachios, while the best fruits are usually the berries. Try Raspberries, Blueberries, Acai Berries and the very healthy Maqui Berry. You can also through in a banana, which is high in potassium and a good filler food.
Carrot and Celery Sticks
More healthy food. I don’t need to go into the benefits of these two guys. They are a great snack to help you get through the day. They are also easy to store, just make sure you cut them to the size you need and put them in a zip lock bag.
Ok, this one isn’t that great for you, it just tastes good (It’s one of my favorites!). There is nothing like a good potato salad while you are enjoying life on a boat. Usually it is easy to store and it’s one of the more filling meals you can have.
These are a great snack food to take with you on your boat. Don’t try and make them on the boat, you really need to prepare these earlier. It’s also much easier to handle on a boat if you cut them into fours rather than trying to eat them as a whole. Go light on the butter as it may make the bread go soggy.
You’re on a boat so you can enjoy yourself. Grab your favorite packet of chips and enjoy. They are great because they are waterproof before they are opened and come in their own bowl (well sort of…).
Eat what you find out there
The last one is a bit different and it will only apply to the fishermen among us. Plenty of fish can be eaten raw (e.g. tuna). And there is nothing fresher than something that has just come straight out of the ocean. Just be careful with that knife while trying to cut a fillet off the fish. Also if you are not sure what fish you have just caught, don’t take the risk of eating something that may make you sick.
Hope this list helps you prepare for your boating trips. There is of course an endless list of snacks you could take out boating, but this should definitely get you started. Enjoy.