What to Take on a Boat Trip?

Planning a boat trip can be a wave of fun! But ensuring you’re well-prepared for your adventure is important before you set sail. There’s plenty to consider, from packing the right gear and choosing delectable snacks to dressing appropriately for the journey. This guide will take you through the essentials of what to take on a boating day, what to eat, and what to wear so you can focus on making a splash and soaking up the sun!

Things I Should Take on a Boat Trip


While packing for a boat trip, there are certain items you should never forget:


The number one must-have item to bring on a boat is sunscreen! Since you will spend a lot of time in the sun, protecting your skin from dangerous UV rays is mandatory. Make sure you opt for a waterproof sunscreen that offers broad-spectrum protection.


Pack several beach towels to cover all your needs during your day on the water. Whether it’s drying off after swimming or simply laying out to relax, you’ll be glad you brought them along!

Appropriate Clothes

If you are wondering what to wear on a boat ride, remember that you will need comfy and fresh clothes. There are various options that you can use as your boating outfit idea. Opt for something loose-fitting and lightweight, such as shorts and a T-shirt or tank top, so you can stay cool while enjoying the sunshine. Another good idea is a sundress with a good pair of sandals. Don’t forget about your hat or brimmed hat to protect you from the sun!


Bringing snacks on board is essential to keeping your energy levels up during the trip. Pack light but nutritious munchies like nuts, energy bars, or trail mix. This will ensure you don’t get hungry while on the water!


Staying hydrated is key for a successful boat trip, so don’t forget to bring plenty of drinks beforehand. Pack water bottles or other refreshing beverages like coconut water or fresh juices, and ensure they are sealed tightly before embarking. Remember that spending a lot of under the sun might make you feel dehydrated, so bringing enough water is important!


Swimsuits are a must-have for any boat trip! Whether you plan on swimming in the ocean or just taking a dip near the beach, you must bring your favorite bathing suit. Be sure to pack extra clothes and sandals to change back into dry clothing after getting out of the water.

First Aid Kit

Safety first! Packing a first aid kit is always great when you’re out on the water. Make sure to fill it with basic items like bandages, antiseptic wipes, and other medical supplies that may be needed in an emergency or in case of sea sickness.

What to Eat on a Boat Trip

When planning your snacks for a boat trip, you can bring something light and easy, like sandwiches or wraps. These can be stored in a cooler with ice to keep them fresh during the trip. Other options include snacking on fruits such as apples and bananas or some high-energy snacks like energy bars or trail mix.


But if you don’t want to worry about preparing food to bring on your trip, at Esmeralda Sailingwe provide packages with food options for you to choose from, such as:

  1. Open Bar: Enjoy a welcome drink with us! Choose from a refreshing array of options, including fresh coconut, soft drinks, water, fresh fruit juices, rum, vodka, and beers. Finally, toast to a fantastic trip at the end!
  2. Esmeralda Menu: Indulge in a delightful feast of fresh seasonal fruits, crispy fried plantains paired with creamy guacamole, homemade ceviche served with crispy yuca chips, and savor the succulent flavors of grilled fish accompanied by a medley of perfectly grilled vegetables and velvety mashed potatoes.
  3. Esmeralda Menu for 12+ people: At our beachside eatery, we proudly serve a delectable selection of curry dishes. Choose from our flavorful options: veggie, chicken, or fish, all served with fragrant rice. Indulge in the tantalizing tastes we create right here at the beach.
  4. Breakfast on Board: Indulge in a delightful breakfast spread that consists of refreshing orange juice, aromatic coffee, toasted sourdough with a generous serving of butter and jam, fluffy scrambled eggs, and a platter of fresh fruits.
  5. Special Menus: On board, we also provide other delicious plates you can enjoy with family or friends, like ceviche or sushi.

So, if you are planning a trip on a boat with us, make sure you don’t miss out on these tempting options!



Start Your Sailing Trip with Us!

At Esmeralda Sailing, we are dedicated to providing you with a perfect boat trip. We offer various packages and activities for all ages, from snorkeling tours to private sailing cruises. With our experienced crew and attentive staff, you can rest assured that your journey will be filled with fun and adventure!

We offer half-day and full-day trips along the Nicaraguan Pacific Coast. Our trips sail from San Juan del Sur, a paradise for beach-goers and surfing enthusiasts. We include water sports activities, relaxing time, and the opportunity to discover paradisiac beaches. There’s no beach vacation like a trip aboard the Esmeralda catamaran.

So what are you waiting for? Come and join us on board today!


Our Sailors’ Experience

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Yaosca Jimenez Mairena

Easy booking process. Great staff, the service was amazing! The catamaran is beautiful, luxury, spacious and very clean. Perfect for our group. We will definitely book it again.

Suyen Vargas Lunin

Sailing on the Esmeralda was indeed a treat to myself. Being surrounded by the most amazing hues of the turquoise water of the Emerald Coast and the views of virgin beaches on the coastline was a calming and breathtaking experience. The crew on this boat is really amazing. Friendly, good knowledge, detail oriented and service minded, they spread a very good vibe to everyone.

Maria García | Interior Designer .

I loved the boat Esmeralda, the attention of the great Maritza and of the captain of the boat. The sunset session we had was epic, thank you for your great care. Highly recommended to do it when in San Juan.

Margaux Armonía

Honestly, a potent experience that absorbs the Nature, the scenery, the incredible attention to detail within the boat. My body felt regenerated from that unforgettable afternoon on board the Esmeralda. Martiza is one of the most dynamic hostesses out there. Highly recommended, a must-do in San Juan del Sur!

Tamara Montenegro

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