What to bring on your Gold Coast Boat Trip



Now that the weather is getting warmer, it’s time to start thinking about what you should bring when you go on a boat trip. We at Budget Cruises Gold Coast offer boat hire for private groups and morning, noon and evening cruises for a great day out on the water. So after booking a boat trip, you’re probably wondering to yourself, what should I bring along?

We know better than anyone that a day at the beach with friends and family is always a lot of fun. Still, sometimes people forget certain items and end up packing too much or not enough. 

When you’re going on a boat trip, whether it’s on the Gold Coast or anywhere else, it’s important to remember that certain items can significantly impact the enjoyability of the day. Here are some things you might want to keep in mind when packing.

Beach Essentials

Beach Essentials

There are a lot of things you’ll want to bring on your boat trip to the beach. Swimmers, towels and umbrellas are some of the most needed items for a great time at the beach. Fortunately, we provide a shade umbrella with our boat, so you don’t have to lug it around with you. 

Another thing to make sure you have sunscreen. Even if you don’t think you’ll be in direct sunlight all day, it’s easy to get sunburned when the sun is out. For that matter, it’s good sun safety to bring a hat, clothes that cover your shoulders and make sure your sunscreen is SPF 50+ to make sure none of those harmful UV rays gets to you. 

It’s a great idea to bring plenty of water and snacks with you, too. We provide a BBQ meal on our boat, but it’s always lovely to have munchies for yourself or the kids. Some of the places you can travel to by boat are serene and secluded, so you might not always be close to food or drink, so be prepared in advance.

What to Pack in Case of Emergencies

Case of Emergencies

Never underestimate the importance of packing some emergency items in your beach bag. Whether it’s a small emergency like an accident or cut or a more significant emergency that requires help, it’s always great to think ahead and be prepared when it comes to the water. 

When you’re out on the Broadwater, it’s good to bring a jumper or warm blanket because when the sun is going down and you’re wet from a day of fun and swimming, the wind can make it quite chilly. Another thing to have is a change of clothes so you can get dry sooner rather than later. 

Our boat comes with all the essential safety features and equipment needed to be safe on the water. We’re fitted with life-savers, whistles, safety vests, flares, first-aid kits and torches in the unlikely case of an emergency. So there’s no need to worry about bringing safety equipment with you when you come for a trip with Budget Cruises Gold Coast. 

Also, don’t forget our boats are skippered by a licensed professional, so they are trained for any emergency. Remember, it’s always good to get familiar with the safety procedures of a boat before heading out for a day on the water. 

Essential Items for Your Boat Trip

Essential Items

To sum up what we’ve talked about so far in this article, here’s a quick list of things to pack for your day on the water. 

What to Bring:

  • Swimsuit
  • Towel
  • Snacks and extra food 
  • Sunscreen 
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Insect repellent
  • Chapstick 
  • Cell phone 

Even if you’re not going on a boat trip, these are all great items to have in your bag. If you’re going on a boat trip, it’s even more important to bring these items with you. For example, if you forget your sunscreen and end up getting sunburnt, you could find yourself in a lot of pain. In which case you’ll need to bring some aloe vera or aftersun with you. 

Remembering to put insect repellent on before going out is also a good idea as mosquitos can be found in many coastal areas, particularly around sunset. They don’t often get to you while the boat is moving over the water. Still, during boarding, disembarking and relaxing on the beach, mosquitos can be very annoying. 

We recommend bringing snacks with you because it’s always nice to have extra food rather than too little. We want you to enjoy your boat BBQ, and if you’re feeling peckish, keep enjoying food and drinks as we tour you around the Gold Coast canals and beaches. If you’re a picky eater or have children with you, extra snacks are especially important. 

Bringing a cell phone or any device with internet access is an excellent idea as our boat doesn’t have wifi access. Suppose you’d like to communicate with friends and family onshore. In that case, it’s important to bring a device with a strong signal, such as any of the major telephone networks. As a pontoon boat, there is little to no risk of capsizing, and it’s safe to bring electrical devices aboard. 

Even if you don’t swim often, it’s still worth remembering a towel, so you have something to sit on the beach with. Plus, in the excitement of the day, you may be inspired to go for a swim, so it’s always better to be prepared and have the option. Nobody wants to miss out while others are having fun! 

How to Prepare for a Boat Trip

Boat Trip

A boat trip should be a fun experience, but you should also know what to do in the event of an emergency. You can use these tips to help you prepare for your next boat trip.

  • Do your research and make sure the boat you’re hiring has a life preserver or inflatable device that comes with the boat, which is up to the latest standards. Equipment like this can save your life if you’re caught in rough waters or a storm for whatever reason.
  • Pack your sunscreen to protect yourself from the sun’s rays and bug spray for those pesky mosquitoes early so that you don’t have to remember on the day of the trip and risk forgetting. 
  • Bring sunglasses for protection against harmful UV rays as it can get bright out on the water.
  • Bring plenty of water for drinking. It’s important to stay hydrated on a day in the sun. There are plenty of iced up eskies aboard our boat to keep your drinks cool all day long. 
  • Bring snacks like sandwiches, fruit, chips, crackers, etc.
  • Bring medications only if you have any prescription drugs.


Now you’re all set to join your friends for a great day out on the water, whether it’s on the Gold Coast, Australia or if you’re planning a boat trip somewhere else. 

Keep in mind all the essentials to bring in your beach bag as well as the most important safety features and information. You’ll be all ready to enjoy a hassle-free day full of lasting memories. 

If you have any questions or would like clarification, please contact us in advance to your boat hire, and we’ll do our best to provide you with the information you need. If you haven’t made a booking yet, check out our availability and see if there’s a day that suits you. 

If you’re looking to see where we’re located, see here.

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Fill in the form below to receive a quote for your event.
We will respond ASAP.