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The 13 Best Snacks to Bring on a Boating Trip

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What makes a great boating trip even better? Great snacks! Having a variety of snacks can elevate your boating trip ensuring you stay satisfied and fueled all day. We’ve put together our top 15 favorite boat snacks that are sure to make anyone’s time on the water even more enjoyable. 


Pretzels are a go-to for any snack-worthy occasion. They are not only easy to pack and store, but they’re also irresistible. Consider the small, individual packs for yourself or a large tub for a large group gathering and continuous snacking.  


Just like pretzels, popcorn is a staple snack. It’s light, easy, and perfect for boating. This is a snack that can be prepared before setting sale and comes in a variety of flavors.  

Trail Mix 

This snack offers the perfect combination of crunchy, chewy, salty and sweet. Every mix is different, but taking a handful of trail mix can give you the energy boost you need for longer hours on the water. 

Nutritional Bars 

Nutritional bars, such as protein, granola and energy bars, provide a quick and easy source of sustenance. These also come in a variety of textures and flavors so look for bars that suit your dietary needs and taste preferences. 

Sweet Treats 

You can’t say no when that sweet tooth kicks in. Cookies, brownies and candy are the ultimate indulgence. These are the perfect snacks for boating, especially with kids.  

Chips and Dip 

Crunchy, salty chips dipped in a creamy, savory dip. Can you say, “mouthwatering?” You can prepare homemade options like guacamole, salsa, hummus or cowboy caviar or you can buy pre-made dips. Whichever suits your lifestyle, chips and dip is a guaranteed hit. 


A party platter of sliced veggies is the most effortless snack available. They are crunchy, flavorful and healthy. Pair it with your favorite dip for an extra punch of flavor. 


A fruit bowl is another effortless snack. This is perfect for those who want to maintain energy throughout the day and provide a natural sweetness to break from the savory snacks.  

Beef Jerky 

Whether it be beef, turkey or a plant-based alternative, jerky offers a protein-packed snack with a longer shelf life, making it perfect for a boating adventure.  


Prepare simple sandwiches and wraps ahead of time. Choose fillings that won’t get soggy during the trip, and pack condiments separately to maintain freshness.  

Cheese and Crackers 

One of the most tried and true snacks, cheese and crackers make for a sophisticated option on the water. Opt in for a variety of cheeses and complimentary accompaniments like nuts, grapes and meats to make your own charcuterie board.  


If you’re a seafood lover, consider shrimp cocktail or smoked salmon to go and in hand with the salty air and ocean. These should be chilled and kept in a cooler to maintain freshness and flavor.  


Staying hydrated is crucial on the water. Pack a range of beverages such as water, sports drinkssodas or your favorite adult beverage to stay refreshed throughout your trip. 

There’s no need to keep asking what snacks you should bring with you on your next boating trip. Get creative and explore these options more to give your friends and family a memorable experience that is full of fun on the water and includes fantastic food! 

If you’re short on time or forgot to pack your cooler, don’t worry! At Steinhatchee Marina, we have plenty of snacks and beverages so that you can be prepared. Our full-service retail store is stocked daily with your favorite foods, so you don’t go hungry or thirsty while out in the hot sun. Stop by our store before you hit the water today!