Food is easily accessible on land. Grocery stores, convenience stores, restaurants and fast food joints grace the corners of all major intersections. If you’re hungry there are a lot of options. If you’re hungry on a boat you’re pretty much out of luck. If you’re boating in a canal, inlet or river you can likely pull off into a restaurant with a dock, but when you’re out exploring the ocean you only have what you packed.
Your yacht charter can quickly turn sour if your guests get hungry. The mix of sun, water and salt air has a tendency to ramp up appetites, so come more than prepared for mealtimes.
When packing for your yacht charter or boating trip keep the following tips in mind:
- The meals and snacks need to be portable and easily consumed (one hand for eating, one hand for holding onto the boat!)
- You may not have the ability to heat up food, so pack meals that can be enjoyed cold.
- Limit your waste to prevent littering and make cleanup easy.
- Don’t underestimate the amount of beverages needed to keep your group hydrated. You need lots of hydration when basking in the sun.
- When packing the cooler, add your food first and then the ice to help keep food as cold as possible. If your food and beverages are in the same cooler start packing your beverages at the bottom (everyone loves a cold Coke .. or beer), a layer of ice, and the food on top.
- If you’re packing subs from the grocery store or any kind of bread or crackers ensure they are in a plastic baggy or sealable container. Otherwise you’ll have a soggy sandwich when the ice starts to melt. Ew … is there anything worse?
Portable, No-Heat Foods
The following ideas can be easily stored in plastic baggies or tupperware and require no heat or preparation.
- Potato salad – to make serving easy store potato salad in half baggies
- Pasta salad – add tortellini for an extra “full” feeling
- Wraps – use deli meat, cheese, veggies or even fruit
- Chicken salad – prepare chicken salad to be eaten with just a fork (from baggies) or as part of a sandwich
- Sandwiches – deli sandwiches, veggies sandwiches and, of course, the classic peanut butter and jelly
- Shrimp – shrimp can be served cold or hot, just make sure they are deveined before packing
- Chips – a favorite go-to boating snack; we recommend little bags so that chips don’t get soggy with all the wet hands reaching in for a serving
- Fruit skewers – fruit is refreshing after a long day in the sun; for extra flair add fruit to a skewer (easier to eat!)
- Cucumber soup – prep the soup in cups with tops for easy consumption
Other great meals and snacks to think about include:
- Quinoa salad
- Fried rice
- Cheese and crackers
- Granola bars
- Egg salad
- Deviled eggs
- Sandwich pinwheels
Need some recipe inspiration? Check out this list of boat-friendly recipes and read about how one circle of friends in Sarasota, Florida has mastered boat food prepping for their evening outings at the sandbar.
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