Items to Pack When Renting a Pontoon Boat

Are you looking for a one-of-a-kind boating experience? A pontoon is a vessel that allows for maximum comfort and promotes togetherness and fun.

If an afternoon spent cruising on the Gulf sounds appealing to you, then consider 

renting a pontoon boat. Pontoon rentals are perfect for enjoying a day outdoors with family and friends.

However, in order to make the absolute most of your experience, you need to be well-informed on what to pack for your day on a pontoon. Here are some items you’ll want to include to guarantee a good time.

Consider Safety 

As with any outdoor or watersport activities, safety is paramount. There are a few simple precautions to ensure everyone experiences a safe excursion.

Swim Safety

Most pontoon boat rentals are equipped with life jackets for all passengers. However, consider bringing your own if you have a particular preference.

If you have kiddos that use swim floats, or any flotation device, be sure to include those.

Sun Safety

The sun along the Emerald Coast makes for beautiful boating weather, but you’ll want to enjoy it while you stay protected.

Sun staples for pontoon boating in Florida are:

  • Enough sunscreen to liberally apply and reapply throughout the day
  • Sunglasses, a polarized pair is best and will help cut down on glare from the water
  • Bucket hat, ball cap, straw hat, or sun visor

Check out this helpful quiz to test your sunscreen knowledge and learn some valuable information that will help protect you on your pontoon boat rental trip!

Special Item Safety

A dry bag is a perfect companion for electronics or other items that cannot get wet. Medical necessities and dry clothes can also benefit from being toted in a dry bag.

Beverages and Bites for Your Day on the Water

Don’t let hunger get in the way of your pontoon rental day! Bring plenty of snacks for swimmers, or a lunch to enjoy while lounging on the pontoon deck.

Also remember to stay hydrated! Bring a cooler with plenty of ice and beverages for your crew (remember alcohol actually dehydrates you, so you need other options). Have plenty of water on hand to stay quenched in the Florida heat.

Clothing for the Climate

Although you will enjoy plenty of warmth on the Gulf along Panama City Beach, the sea breeze on the open water can stir up a chill. This is especially true if you’ve been swimming or floating in the water not moving. Starting to move again means more winds and may have you wishing for something warm to wear.

Ensure you’ll stay comfortable by bringing along these items:

  • Beach towels
  • Long-sleeve dri-fit shirt or light windbreaker
  • Beach rug or beach blanket

Up the Fun Factor


Make your day extra memorable with a few fun items.

  • Splash-proof Bluetooth speaker
  • A mask, snorkel, and fins
  • Rafts or noodles for floating
  • Waterproof camera or waterproof case for your phone
  • Mesh bag for shelling

Are You Prepared for Renting a Pontoon Boat?

When you stick to this list, the answer will be yes! A small number of items amounts to big fun when renting a pontoon boat.

If you’re interested in Panama City Beach pontoon rentals, call or book online today to secure your spot.

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