If you are looking for a list for packing for a trip on the Erie Canal, this is a good place to start. The following list is what I packed for six-day Erie Canal boat trips. This Erie Canal packing list could be used as a packing list for a houseboat trip or a packing list for sailing trip. All those excursions are similar: you are on the water, you have varying weather conditions, and you’ll be living in tight spaces. So then, the following packing list takes all that—and more—into consideration.
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Bags for your Erie Canal barge, houseboat or sailing excursion
Pack your gear into a soft duffel bag for travel to your waterside destination. Duffels are easier to store once on board–you’ll unpack them and hang your clothes in mini-closets and put personal items in small cubbies. Although you can store small hard side suitcases under the beds, it’s much easier to simply roll up your duffle bag once its emptied and stuff it under the bed.
Bag for provisioning at port
We loved our extra large, heavy-weight beach/boat bag tote to carry groceries, produce from the farmer’s markets and other provisions to and from the boat when docking in the charming canal towns. Check out this nautical themed bag and add it to your list for packing for a trip on the Erie Canal.
Hanging toiletry bag
A hanging toiletry bag is the best way to utilize the small spaces you’ll find in the head (the onboard bathroom.) See more about the best hanging toiletry bags in the “Toiletry list for packing for a trip” section below.
Apparel list for packing for a trip on the water
- 2 pairs of shorts
- 2-3 tops such as quick-drying T-shirts or golf shirts
- 1 long-sleeved shirt for sun protection and layering
- 1 pair lightweight pants
- 1 pair yoga pants or comfy pants for plane ride and evenings in port
- 1 pair rain pants
- 1 light-weight sweater or hoodie
- 1 light puffer jacket or fleece jacket
- 1 vest for layering
- 1 light rain jacket – doubles for wind jacket or another layer when necessary
- 1 pair boat shoes
- 1 pair Tevas
- 1 pair boat shoes
- 1 swim suit
- polarizing sunglasses with neck strap
- 1 sun hat
- 1 rain hat
- 1 baseball cap
Your Buying Guide: Packing for a boat trip
|Extra large, heavy-weight beach/boat bag tote||Large carrying capacity|
Carrying straps go under cargo
|Carry groceries, beer and wine back to boat while at port|
|Sperry Women's Bluefish Boat Shoe||100% Leather|
|Rubber sole helps grip deck|
|Teva Womens Unisex-Adult W Hurricane XLT2 Sport Sandal||Nylon shank stabilizes and supports your foot on uneven terrain |
|Supplies greater traction|
|Women's New Englander Wind & Waterproof Rain Jacket||Wind and waterproof|
Heat sealed seams for weather protection
|Extra layer for wind resistance keeps you warmer|
|Eye Glasses String Holder Straps - Sports||Adjust for wide and narrow glass frames|
Choice of colors
|Prevents glasses from slipping overboard|
Toiletry list for packing for a trip
Pack up all your toiletries in a compact, lightweight toiletry bag. Make sure to get a hanging toiletry bag, so you can hang it on the back of the door of the head (on-board bathroom.) Check out my buying guide for the top hanging travel organizer now.
Then fill it with:
- Lip balm
- Toothbrush and toothpaste
- Soap, shampoo and sundries are not provided on the canal boat
- Prescription medications
- Comb or brush
- Extra glasses or contact lens and supplies
What Not to Pack
Before I experienced the Erie Canal with Canal Adventures, I wondered if I should pack wine glasses. I’m not a fan of plastic glasses–or plastic anything–so we bought some wine glasses at the local grocer, Wegman’s. If only we had this “what not to” list for packing for a trip!
Boats and flipflops, the two don’t mix! It’s too easy to slip or knock your toes into boat housings or equipment. Instead, pack Tevas or Chacos sandals with arch support and ankle straps. Boat shoes are a must, too!
Lots of food
Grocery stores, wine stores are located near to the marina, so we provisioned with coffee, breakfast supplies, snacks, beer and wine before we checked into Erie Canal Adbventures. But we didn’t stock up on lots of groceries. “Every few hours you will happen through a town or village with grocery, convenience, drug, and liquor stores within a few steps from the canal or at worst an Uber away. We do provide a small refrigerator and a cooler (if requested). Also let’s not forget that each town has restaurants, diners, pubs, luncheonettes, breweries, and much more. Cooking is always an option but eating out is fun too!”
Wine glasses, coffee mugs, cups, plates and kitchen utensils are provided in the fully-equipped galley (onboard kitchenette.)
The boat is equipped with potable water
Bedding and towels
Bedding and towels are provide on the canal boats. Check with your boat operator.
Work gloves for maneuvering ropes and pulls are provided and so is a rain jacket for the skipper.
An Erie Canal navigation map book is provided. Had I known that, it would have saved me countless hours of research and printing maps at home.
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