Topic: What to take on Holiday

Richard    -- May-22-2011 @ 8:13 PM
  As the season is underway I thought it might be an idea to have a checklist that people could print off and use to make sure they have everything they need for their time on the water. I don't think I've ever managed a Broads holiday with out forgetting something. Here is a start, taken from prior threads on the subject.

What have I missed?

General Items

Good book
Insulated mug
Burn cream/spray
Good first aid kit
Pain killers
Insect repellent
Bite cream
Prescription medication
Camera & notepad
A good broads map
sharp kitchen knife
Swiss Army Pen Knife
field glasses
small amount of laundry detergent
spare batteries.
Cash! - it's always hard to find cashpoints
Loose change for the mooring you have to pay for (generally around £6 a night) and sometimes you need 50ps or a £1 for water.
Bin bags
fairy liquid
Air freshener
Travel clock
Wet wipes
clothes pegs
Toilet Roll
Tube of travel wash for emergency stain removal
Long matches
Brillo pads
A spectacle chain or rope
re-sealable bags
J clothes
Kitchen Towel
Anti-bacterial soap

Food Items Please note, fridge/freezer space on a boat is limited

Cooking Oil & Sachets of ketchup/brown sauce/salt pepper
Cuppa Soups
stock cubes
part baked bread


Light weight waterproof jacket
Sunhat or wolly hat
non slip shoes

This message was edited by Richard on Apr-12-12 @ 12:41 PM

goodfortune    -- May-22-2011 @ 8:26 PM
  Good idea Richard!

Depends on whether one is on a hire boat, owned boat or syndicate owned boat, but can I mention (depending on time of year):


Fold up chairs for lazing on the bank in the sun while eating a bit of lunch at a "wild" mooring.

A small wok - fabulous for stir fries, scrambled eggs and just as a good frying pan.

Oil for cooking, stock cubes, your favourite tea and coffee, bottle of sloe gin.

Hot water bottles in season.

Car type mobile phone charger, or 13amp normal one if suitable for boat.

Camera charger.

And if one has a canine friend, canine lifejacket, poo bags, giant corkscrew, food, food and water bowls, dog towels, treats, lead of course.  

Lisa, aka Scarlett or Dolly Daydream
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zacthedog    -- May-22-2011 @ 10:39 PM
  electric cards for shore power spare batteries, phone charger,
sos list

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cambridgecabby    -- May-23-2011 @ 6:47 AM
  Don't forget to take a mallet for the rhond anchors if on a hire boat
as the yards don't supply them

A jar or tube of Colmans English Mustard , all the pubs/restaurants
only ever offer you the cheap tasteless sachets , ridiculous I know
considering the proximity to Colmans!!

Also as opposed to Fairy Liquid should take Ecouver or some other
variation of "Eco-Friendly" washing up liquid.

And finally a good bottle or two of malt whiskey ( or malt whisky )

no traffic, no fumes, no traffic wardens.......bliss!!


cambridgecabby    -- May-23-2011 @ 6:50 AM
  Almost forgot, oops

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prideofpreston    -- May-23-2011 @ 7:10 AM
  and someone to do the cooking and washing up  ...cheers mick

your round methinks

lookskywalker    -- May-23-2011 @ 9:44 AM
  Ice Cube Trays - there were none on the hire boat we had.


Pilchard    -- May-23-2011 @ 9:51 AM
  Wife and kids.
On second thoughts wife and kids go and leave husband behind...Lesley

Lynsey1983    -- May-23-2011 @ 10:56 AM
  Alcohol in every form possible lol


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cas    -- May-23-2011 @ 7:44 PM
  being a cold mortal i always pack a spare duvet, and also bring wellies & wet weather gear, i believe in sod's law- it usually works!!!!!

JoJo66    -- May-23-2011 @ 10:17 PM
  fold up step for those big drops,
dog bed and throw for seating,
plug in coolbox to cool the beers whilst motoring - MUST be unplugged whilst moored up !
extension lead for charging lappies again only whilst moving

and I always forget summat but it doesn't really matter ...




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Gretzky    -- May-24-2011 @ 7:58 AM
  Boat keys  Blush

GalleySlave    -- May-24-2011 @ 8:24 AM
  I'd add
pepper grinder
hot pepper sauce
walking boots
bird ID book (s)

Ipod / MP3 and docking station (optional)

and make sure the insulated mugs have lids (for those emergency mooring situations) and are wide based ones, not the sort that slot into a car cup holder, too prone to falling over

Have sharp knife and can burn water

Pilchard    -- May-24-2011 @ 12:04 PM
  Lorry to carry it all...Lesley

RumSwizzle    -- May-24-2011 @ 2:17 PM
  I always take a window cleaning Squeegy and either a Shammy or some microfibre cloths to get rid of the early morning condensation.

Can't stand dirty windows ! - lol  Smile

Richard    -- Apr-12-2012 @ 4:22 PM
  I thought I'd bump this thread as folks might be starting to plan their holidays

JennyMorgan    -- Apr-12-2012 @ 7:40 PM
  As the hairdresser used to ask, 'anything for the weekend, Sir?'

As for mallets and rond anchors, you really don't need the mallet. Stick anchor point into the ground, put left hand over the corner of anchor so to speak, right hand on end where the rope is tied on, press down with left hand, waggle left to right with right hand, anchor goes into mud like a hot knife into chocolate! Sets you aside as an old hand!!

Jenny Morgan,
A vane, a boat, but not a bird.

The Broads is NOT a National Park, but it is a National Treasure!

goodfortune    -- Apr-12-2012 @ 8:42 PM
  Gretsky's addition is the one that always haunts me... imagine travelling from Lancashire to Brooms...without the keys!!!!

Lisa, aka Scarlett, Dolly
Daydream, Miss Mudweight,
Honorary Malankan


londonrascal    -- Apr-12-2012 @ 9:10 PM
  Aside from clothes and the usual things one takes, these are the things I cannot go on a boat without:

A non-stick frying pan (Asda do a cheap but good 12" one)

Can of WD40 - eh you think? Oh but from the stiff pump handle on the loo to the squeaky cabin door and many other ideas - it has is uses on a boat.

Tea lights - It makes cosy evenings on board that little bit more special - simply float them in a class of water Smile

Torch! Great for finding the way back after a night at the local pub.

Rondonay    -- Apr-13-2012 @ 3:35 AM
  Working can opener Smile


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BroadAmbition    -- Apr-13-2012 @ 5:40 AM

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Maurice_Mynah    -- Apr-13-2012 @ 7:11 AM
  Your cheque book!

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JennyMorgan    -- Apr-13-2012 @ 7:29 AM
  Pauline, re the working tin opener, how right you are!
When I had the shop at Burgh St Peters I used to sell scores and scores to frustrated holiday makers every Sunday!

Jenny Morgan,
A vane, a boat, but not a bird.

The Broads is NOT a National Park, but it is a National Treasure!

handyandy    -- May-1-2012 @ 12:54 PM
  Like the idea of a "what to bring list", Richard, and I am sure it will be of help to those new to the Broads ( and old hands too).
Its a pity, those little " Cruising Handbooks" that Hoseasons, etc., used to send out with the booking invoices, ceased a few years ago, packed full of useful information,and hints (the current leaflet is sadly lacking in content!). I thought they were a brilliant idea, in that they could be studied at leisure before the holiday, and I wonder how many crews pick up the on board boat manual,too many other distractions,I would think. I suppose it was just a cost cutting exercise!

suec    -- May-10-2012 @ 12:11 PM
  thank you for the ideas on what to take

GYKiwi    -- Jun-1-2012 @ 1:44 PM
  Might be too late but to add my two bobs worth.

Oven gloves, wooden/plastic stirring spoons/tongs (to turn the bacon for the butties) as some hire boat fleets don't have any presumably for hygiene reasons. Electronic gas igniter nothing worse than trying to strike damp matches if cooker isn't self igniting

Strongly recommend a can opener- running short of stores and decided to have a tinned meal at the Dutch Tea Garden moorings on Oulton Dyke, come to open tins aaaarh!!! the supplied tin opener didn't work. Cuppa soups and breakfast cereal not very filling/satisfying on a cold, wet blowy night.

Got a boating bag including the bits n pieces mentioned above now which we stow away in the loft between hires.

Enjoy your trip

Stewart n Donna

fidear45    -- Jun-1-2012 @ 1:57 PM
  Hi Sue love the avatar... Which is Tess and which is Tegan??? It's a pity Boris wont be able to meet up with them.
If you love the boating thing and you will, I am sure we will get together eventually..Best of luck on the tube this year too.

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fidear45    -- Jun-1-2012 @ 2:06 PM
  Oh and a dog towel as you will need it. Ball for the dog, supply of chews, and endless patience. Boris loves it now but it took him two days to go down the stairs in the boat even with scooby already down them.
We put it down to him being a pup.
Another usefull item is plastic pan scourers for when the breakfast food sticks to the pan provided. Maybe the woofers could help there ..LOL

Life is too short


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Baz    -- Jun-1-2012 @ 8:55 PM
And please, don't forget the Eggs, Bacon, Beans, Tomatoes, and Bread,,,,,,,just for that first morning you wake up in the boat, on the Broads, there is absolutely nothing like it, especially with that first cuppa.


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look forward to."

ranworthbreeze    -- Jun-2-2012 @ 6:33 AM
  When we hire a boat or cottage we always take the following in our kit:-

Small non stick frying pan
Wooden spatula & spoon
Very sharp knife

We take most of that Richard has in his list.
Regarding the above there is nothing worse than having to cook or clean a stainless frying pan, not having a wooden spatula or spoon.
Why is it that knifes in any boat or rented accomodation would be better used as spoons.

Alan Hood
Ranworth Breeze

marko    -- Jun-2-2012 @ 4:37 PM
  New suspension for car cos after this lot u going to bottom out on 1st bump

kindest regards mark summers

Lazurus    -- Jun-2-2012 @ 10:52 PM
  And when in season your fishing gear for those quiet evenings on wild moorings whilst the good lady serves iced drinks aplenty! ( Actually she fishes better than I do - note to self - do not introduce her to any of my other hobbies)


This message was edited by Lazurus on Jun-2-12 @ 11:52 PM

richmond    -- Jun-3-2012 @ 10:08 AM
  I have to agree,non stick frying pan,WD40 the only thing I would add is boxes of tissues to stuff in the gaps to stop the draughts.

oldbroadsbird    -- Jun-3-2012 @ 5:44 PM
  Richmond - that's what the lavatory paper's for!


Richard    -- Apr-22-2014 @ 12:42 PM
  As folks are starting to get out on the water I thought I'd bump this thread up a bit.

If you've got a holiday booked why not add yourself to the Holiday Calendar to let people know that you will be about.

Also you can print off a Forum Logo to display on your boat. Alternatively you could fly the  Forum Flag

While you are shopping don't forget to get a Broads Map there is also more forum merchandise available Here

This message was edited by Richard on Apr-22-14 @ 2:03 PM

kurli    -- Apr-22-2014 @ 12:51 PM

Forum Flag link not working!

Richard    -- Apr-22-2014 @ 1:04 PM
  Thanks for the 'heads-up' Kurli, link fixed Smile

SGWilko    -- Apr-22-2014 @ 1:28 PM
  Sleeping bags
Good grips potato peeler
Decent plastic spatula for fry-ups etc
Games & books for the kids
Bed protectors (saved embarrassment for our two twice, as the noise of the water on the hull clearly had them dreaming of weeing!)
Walkie Talkie's - so the kids can have a bit of freedom at St Benet's Abbey, but we can know they are safe.

This message was edited by SGWilko on Apr-22-14 @ 2:29 PM

soulier46    -- Apr-22-2014 @ 4:03 PM
  Hi regarding washing up liquid,is it better to take an eco liquid and if not available a cheap value one may be better as it will be easier to get rid of the soap suds as good quality like fairy takes gallons of water to dispose of those lovely bubbles and water on the boat is or can be of short supply.

JennyMorgan    -- Apr-22-2014 @ 6:28 PM
  Wellies are useful, especially in the morning when there is a dew on the long grass. Binoculars are great when sedately crossing Breydon, plus a copy of 'What Bird Is It?'

Yacht 'Jenny Morgan'

The Broads is a member of the
National Parks family, it is
NOT a National Park though.

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boat-mad    -- May-3-2014 @ 11:26 AM
  I purchase one of these extendable wind screen cleaners from my local Camping & General.  I found it great for reaching those awkward places.  Like many boats the wind screen on the boat I hired recently was set right back making it a long stretch to clean it.  This tool mad it very quick simple.
Streetwize Windscreen Clean & Shine Kit For Gleaming Glass SWWW

I found this site that sells them.

or order by phone: 01733 565059

Price was £5.99 now £3.99.  Add on £2.99 delivery.

Kind Regards

This message was edited by boat-mad on May-4-14 @ 11:42 AM

rustic    -- May-3-2014 @ 10:47 PM
  I wonder what were essential items back in the 60's, before we
required all this technology.

I remember my parents took...
Several boxes of matches, for ciggies and gas stove, or gas lamp.
A torch, plus spare batteries.
The clothes they were standing up in, and a change.
A towel or two
Soap, tooth brush etc
A razor, no forget that, he started to grow a beard...
Tin opener. Loo roll. Some cash. Waterproofs.
My Dad used to take a spark plug and a spanner for the old hand
start petrol engines.

When I went with my family in the 80's we took a roll of carpet, to put
next to the bed, boy was that vinyl cold. I took a small tool kit too!
fixed many a water leak. We also took a sharp knife and a decent
frying pan, also a 12 volt TV, if anyone remembers those Russian
Rigonda Black and White TVs with a 5" screen. A long fused cable to
connect to the battery.
TV's were even optional in the earlier days of boating.
A window squeegy for inside and out.
Another essential, that even now we still take, a bottle of Rum.
When ever possible... Lemon Hart Rum, difficult to get now though.

These days...
If it doesn't move and it should... WD 40
If it moves and it shouldn't... Gaffer tape.
For everything else... your credit card.

best regards, Richard.
I can't wait to be back on the Broads.

This message was edited by rustic on May-3-14 @ 11:53 PM

JennyMorgan    -- May-3-2014 @ 11:08 PM
  I had a riverside shop during the 1970's and whilst we didn't hire or sell T.V's we did sell scores of frying pans, hundreds of tin openers, dozens of mats and no end of water-bottles. I suppose yards just checked the boats on changeover to ensure they had the various bits, just didn't check that they worked! In the days of deposits we also sold numerous glasses, boat hooks, cutlery and deck-mops. More than anything though, we sold thousands of wooly bobble hats during the course of a season. We also sold playing cards by the caseload.

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Richard    -- Jan-19-2016 @ 9:14 PM
  It's been a few years since I first started putting this list together, so maybe it's time to review and add, or maybe remove some items?

Paladine    -- Jan-19-2016 @ 9:39 PM
One very useful gadget is a Karcher WindowVac. Brilliant for removing the condensation from the inside of windows. Beats a chamois leather hands-down.

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Dreamer    -- Jan-19-2016 @ 10:02 PM
  I'll second that Karcher plug, been using one for about 2 years and wouldn't want to be without it now. Makes cold mornings a breeze. Handy when you've had a shower too!

Paladine    -- Jan-19-2016 @ 10:54 PM
Erm, I still use a towel after I've showered   tounge-in-cheek

Seriously though, I bought the first one for my wife, but it now lives permanently in my shower room (when it's not on the boat). She kept mithering on about it, so I've now bought her another one. The MkII version is quieter, easier to empty, has a replaceable battery and a more sensibly-placed on/off switch.

"..for the avoidance of any doubt, the broads are not legally a national park and do not come under the national park legislation, and nor will they."
Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for DEFRA (Hansard 2015)

TerryTibbs    -- Jan-20-2016 @ 2:48 PM
  It's only because the Karcher can't get in all those wrinkles Pally Playful Wink  well if your anything like me.
Couldn't agree more about the Karcher, revolutionised boating mornings.

Dave   Cheers

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