What to pack for a boating holiday

One of the best things about a Norfolk Broads boating holiday is that you will have access to some of the most stunning waterways in the UK. What’s more, UK-based holidays do not require you to worry about issues such as visas, passport admin and airline luggage restrictions. 

Broads Boating Holiday

Having said this, however, luxury boating holidays require a certain amount of preparation. As with any outdoorsy pursuit, the more prepared you are for hitting the water, the more fun you will have. Fortunately for the uninitiated, we’ve put together a go-to guide about what to pack for a boating holiday:

The essentials

Remember to bring any everyday essentials with you such as medications, hearing aids, or spare contact lenses. Keeping a small first aid kit with you may come also in useful if anyone on board your boat experiences a minor ailment.


Whilst Norfolk can be a beautifully warm and sunny place during the summertime, it is still important to check the weather forecast before you head out on holiday. Generally speaking, it is a good idea to pack a variety of garments that can be layered up or down to suit different weather conditions. This could include, for example, t-shirts, warm fleeces, waterproof trousers and jackets, and strong boots for walking.

If you’re planning on bringing a shiny new pair of walking boots on holiday, it is always a good idea to wear them in beforehand. Doing so could help you to avoid developing painful blisters!


Even the most intrepid of outdoor holiday-goers need time to unwind. Remember to bring some kind of entertainment to keep you and your holiday companions busy during long summer evenings. Books and playing cards are always a good idea. A tablet or laptop may also provide some entertainment – just remember to bring a charger!


Whilst you can always purchase essential toiletries at our on-site shop, try to remember items such as a toothbrush and toothpaste. You probably don’t want to be traipsing to the nearest supermarket before your adventure has even begun. It is also a good idea to bring items such as sun cream, insect repellent and after sun to avoid getting bitten or burnt.