Experiencing a beautiful, sunny day sailing the open seas is awesome. But there’s nothing more frustrating than getting underway only to realize that you forgot some essential things you need on a boat. Guests get grumpy when they’re hungry. And the Coast Guard doesn’t mess around when it comes to safety equipment.
To help you avoid turning back mid-cruise, Aquarius Boat Rental and Tours has put together a comprehensive list of what to bring on a boat trip for an amazing, fun-filled, safe day on the water.
Boat trip packing list
You have nothing to worry about. Aquarius Boat Rental and Tours provides all the necessary safety equipment, such as:
- Airhorn and whistle
- GPS and GPS app
- Fire extinguishers and flares
- First-aid kit
- Life jackets (1 per person)
- Throwable life ring and boat hooks
- Extra lines
Kids over 6 years old don't need to wear a life vest. And little kids under 6, must wear a life vest on boats smaller than 26 feet. That applies to the Miami boat and the Fun Boat. We also provide kids' life jackets.
When in doubt, add plenty of water to your boat trip packing list. All that sunshine and salty air can lead to serious dehydration! If you’re planning for a larger group, make sure to ask what they would like to drink onboard, too. Overpacking goes a long way on a boat, therefore we recommend:
- Beverages and extra water
- Food and extra snacks
- Ice and icepacks
- Utensils, plates, and bowls
Conditions on the water can change from minute to minute, so you’ll want to be prepared. When creating a boat trip packing list, keep weather conditions in mind because getting a serious sunburn or catching a cold is no fun!
- Bug spray
- Anti-nausea medication (we have some onboard too)
- Bathing suits
- Extra layers of clothing
- Hair ties
- Hats and sunglasses
Items for cleanup
Any boat captain worth her salt has an onboard waste management plan. Designating garbage and recycling bags and keeping plenty of napkins, rags, or paper towels handy will make post-cruise cleanup much easier.
Last but not least!
Bringing games, floaties, and good music aboard guarantees that you and your guests have a great day on the water.
- Your favorite playlist
- Floaties and water games
This boat packing list should help you make sure that you bring everything you’ll need on your boat trip from snacks to life jackets to make your voyage enjoyable and safe.
Although boating is an incredibly low-risk activity, like anything, the fun stops right away if someone gets hurt. Watch some videos or visit our Boating Safety Page to know all the equipment you will have included with your boat rental and how to use them. Don't do any crazy drinking or stunts while the boat is underway and everything will be fine. Also, if you are a non-swimmer, we strongly recommend that you inform your captain so he can point out the areas where it is safe for you to be in the water. The sandbars for instance have a very strong current and are not recommended if you don't know how to swim. Instead, we will bring you to a cove or an island.
When you’ve checked your itinerary and figured out how to find us, make a list of any boating supplies you may need to be fully prepared for all the grin-generating wave-hops, laughter-inducing tube-towing, and/or smile-causing fish-catching that’s about to come.
By the way, did we mention that it's best to overpack on a boat?
This may sound a bit simplistic, but the truth of the matter is that after hosting over 5000 clients, we have noticed that most new boaters tend to "under-pack". They don't bring enough water, food or/and drinks on the boat. Remember that when you are on the boat, it's harder to go and get these things. Although we can bring you to convenience stores on the water, it's much more enjoyable for you if you have purchased everything you need at hand.
Don't forget sunscreen, towels, and bathing suits if you plan to go in the water. Always barefoot onboard! Don't forget to remove your shoes before boarding. Shoes rip the seats and the boat is a clean area, the shoes bring dirt from outside.
we strongly recommend that you inform your captain so he can point out the areas where it is safe for you to be in the water. The sandbars for instance have a very strong current and are not recommended if you don't know how to swim. Instead, we will bring you to a cove or an island.
The weather plays also a big role in your experience. Check out our Weather Policy and Rain Guarantee pages for more info.
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Top Frequently asked questions
There is no set route you decide where to go, our captains' favorites are:
- a trip north to the sandbar, millionaire row, Indian creek Village (usually on 4-hour+ trips)
- or a trip south: star island, downtown Miami, and the river, the port of Miami, fisher island 🙂 perfect for 2/3 hours.
Of course, you can stop and swim and enjoy the mat at nice islands on the bay. Whether you want to sightsee or just play your own music, relax, or party, it is totally up to you 🥰
- We include a giant floating mat and inflatables for free
- The boat comes with a cooler
- Bluetooth Speakers
- All safety equipment
- Our kindness and smiles.
- Gas, Captain fee, and Taxes are included in the price you see on the front page.
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- Food and drinks
- Sunglasses and a hat
- Bring comfortable clothes (no jeans!)
- Bathing suit and Sunblock (eco-responsible).
- Extra cash
Boating in the Bay is totally safe for the little ones. This is a kid-friendly activity in Miami. They enjoy the ride, speed and even jumping in the water for the bigger kids.
Of course, we provide life jackets for babies and toddlers. Life vests are not mandatory for kids over 6 years old but we will still have them on board.
Make sure to let us know how many children will attend if it's more than 2 so we can plan ahead.
Time goes quickly on a boat so 4 hours will pass like a blink of an eye. There are so many things to see and explore from a boat in Miami that 4 hours is not enough. Our best seller is 3-hour but usually people extend their trip to 4 hours.
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