• items based on your menu
  • marshmallows (for marshmallow roasts on the shore at night)
  • powdered skim milk (consider bringing this instead of, or in addition to, fresh milk – instead of pouring fresh milk into coffee, stir in a spoonful of powdered skim milk)

Kitchen (non-food)

  • aluminum foil
  • dish towel
  • flat sink stopper (just in case)
  • garbage bags and ties
  • matches for lighting propane stove
  • paper napkins
  • paper towel
  • plastic wrap, for example, Saran Wrap
  • pot scrubber
  • Zip Lock bags in different sizes


  • beach towels, bath towels and wash cloths
  • blankets or sleeping bags
  • pillows
  • sheets 

Miscellaneous Equipment

  • axe
  • batteries
  • bucket (many uses, e.g., dousing camp fire)
  • clothes pins (for securing swimming towels to rails when you hang them out to dry)
  • cooler (to supplement fridge for cooling beverages)
  • duct tape
  • flashlight
  • folding chairs
  • Ice (for cooler)
  • life jackets (but some houseboat rental companies supply them, so check if you need to bring them)
  • miniature sewing kit
  • paper
  • pen
  • rope (a dozen and one uses, not least of which is pulling an inflatable dingy behind the houseboat)
  • rubber bands
  • saw
  • tool box (or, at a minimum, a multi-purpose tool like a Leatherman or Swiss Army Knife)
  • whisk broom and dustpan


  • sunglasses
  • sun hat
  • swimsuit
  • shorts
  • T-shirts
  • underwear
  • sandals
  • socks
  • runners (trainers)
  • pants / trousers
  • sweatshirt or long-sleeved fleece top 
  • waterproof jacket 


  • toilet paper
  • personal toiletries (comb, toothbrush, toothpaste, bar soap, shampoo, etc.)
  • sunscreen
  • insect repellent
  • First Aid kit


  • camera
  • video camera
  • binoculars
  • fishing gear and fishing licence
  • inflatable dingy (fun to ride in when being pulled by houseboat)
  • water toys
  • book and / or magazines to read
  • board games
  • deck of cards
  • music CDs (find out ahead of time what audio equipment or audio-visual equipment the houseboat comes with)
  • fireworks

 Houseboat is equipped with

  • dishes
  • glasses
  • silverware / cutlery
  • pots and pans
  • cooking utensils
  • barbecue utensils
  • propane barbecue
  • propane fridge
  • propane stove