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What to Pack for Your Bridge Bay Houseboat Vacation

What to Pack for Your Bridge Bay Houseboat Vacation
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If you are a first-timer when it comes to houseboat vacations, you may have a little trouble determining what you need to bring along for your stay.

From clothes that are ideal for the cool Shasta Lake weather, to food and supplies to enjoy in the comfort of your kitchen, figuring out what you should bring along for a stress-free trip can certainly seem a little daunting at first.

So, if you are making your vacation checklist, and want to confirm that everything you need is accounted for and brought onboard, be sure and start with these items that will make every vacation day a breeze.

Clothes

When it comes to enjoying Shasta Lake and your houseboat, it’s all about waterproof and lightweight clothes.

Bring along a pair of water shoes, which will protect your feet on any hiking explorations, as well as board shorts, swimsuits, and other clothing that is ideal for long days in the sun and cool lake waters.

Sunglasses are also a must, due to the intensity of the sun off the miles and miles of water. And visitors should note that even in the summertime, the weather can get a little cool at night, so a sweater or sweatpants will ensure you stay cozy all vacation long.

Food

The great thing about staying in a houseboat for your vacation is you’ll have everything you need to enjoy family meals at home!

Cookware, utensils, and other necessities are generally supplied onboard, but you may want to bring along the little extras to make preparing tasty meals a breeze:

  • Spices
  • Condiments
  • Cooking oil
  • Salt and pepper

Having non-refrigerated snacks and ready-to-go meals will also come in handy for more rugged explorations and on-land adventures.

Easy breakfast or lunch items, (like cereals, fruit, bread, nuts, trail mix, and other small and easily-packable treats), will certainly add extra convenience throughout your trip.

Necessities

In addition to the right clothes and food items, there are a few other items that will make your vacation more enjoyable and convenient throughout.

Remember you can always pick up anything you missed at the various marina stores or snack bars, but even so, the following supplies will keep your stay stress-free.

  • Towels and clothespins (including a set of different colored towels for each person on board will also help to avoid confusion)
  • First aid kit and supply of prescription and over-the-counter medications
  • Extra paper products including paper towels, toilet paper, and napkins
  • A butane lighter for grilling
  • A flashlight and batteries
  • A small cooler and backpacks for day trips and expeditions
  • Waterproof containers for electronics or valuable items, like credit cards, cash, and your driver’s license
  • Linens, blankets, and extra pillows (although you can also pick these up at our local retail stores)

The great aspect of vacationing onboard a Bridge Bay Houseboat is so much of what you need for a comfortable stay is already included, or readily available in the area.

If you accidentally leave something behind, there’s no need to stress! With Bridge Bat Houseboats, it’s easy to have a worry-free stay all vacation long.

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