Boating Tips: Planning a Long Trip

Welcome to Boating Tips with MarineMax! Are you excited to take a long trip that sees you living aboard your boat for a week or longer? If so, this is the episode for you, Captains Keith and Nick have the info you need to help plan that extended trip. Ask your questions, make comments, and learn a thing or two about your favorite outdoor activity.

Bring the Necessities

There are no groceries out on the water, when you’re taking a long trip offshore or even to another country, you may not have access to certain items, be sure to pack these. Items like medicine, toilet paper, food, drinks and personal care items should be at the top of your list.

Tools and Parts

Just like the items listed above, you may not have the ability to just take your vessel down to your local MarineMax for care and maintenance, you have to play mechanic. Keeping certain parts, tools, and manuals on your vessel is important so that in the event of a mechanical hiccup, you can easily take care of it and move on.


When boating, safety should always be paramount. In this case, you want to be sure to have your lifejackets, create a float plan, a personal locator beacon, flares, radio, a first aid kit and other similar items. Boating is fun and should be enjoyed, but it is also a responsibility, so preparing for unforeseen circumstances is an important part of your trip.

Have Fun

Remember, boating is a good time, but if you’re making that big trip you’ve always wanted to take, understand that there is significant planning that has to go into it. We’re here to help. Come down to your local MarineMax store, we have all the gear and expertise to make that ultimate trip a success! Additionally, if you’d rather just go on a crewed trip or just have the support of the MarineMax team, let us handle your vacation, check out MarineMax Vacations. We’ll see you out there.


You can see or hear more episodes of Boating Tips and our sister podcast, From the Helm Boating Broadcast, on The MarineMax Blog, accessible on the website or via mobile phone through the MarineMax App. You can also access more episodes on Amazon, Spotify, Google Podcast, Apple Podcast, or wherever you get your podcast news. See you out on the water! 

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