As you get ready to head out on your rented pontoon boat, you’ll want to think about what you need to make the most out of your trip. There are a few things that could make – or break – your time out on Lake Pend Oreille.
We’ve compiled a list of the top five things you need to enjoy your time on the water. If you’ve been wondering what to bring on a pontoon boat, here’s what you need to know:
1.Water, water, water
You might be surrounded by water on the pontoon boat, but you still need to make sure everyone in your group is properly hydrated throughout the day. Bring enough water for everyone to prevent dehydration, fatigue or other hydration-related issues.
2. Sunscreen or other protection
The sun is even more intense on a pontoon boat because the sun reflects off the water. Even on a cloudy day, you could be exposed to more sun than you realize. To prevent overexposure, start the day by apply sunscreen, and re-apply at regular intervals throughout the day. It’s also important to bring sunglasses, a hat or a sun shirt for additional coverage.
3. Snacks, lunch or a place to get something to eat
As you’re out on the water, don’t forget to keep your energy up with snacks and meals. Pack a snack lunch, or find a place to eat on Lake Pend Oreille.
4. Cool weather gear
North Idaho has great weather, but it can change quickly. Expect that winds or the sun moving behind the mountains may cause the temperature to dip. Pack sweatshirts, towels, and blankets, just in case.
5. Things to have fun
Like to play card games over lunch, or jam to some tunes as you cruise along the water? Maybe you want to bring an inner tube to float on the lake when you reach a state park (LINK: )? Don’t forget those extra items that will allow you to take the fun up a level!