8 Tips for Houseboating with Kids

House boating as a family vacation is something that we love to do. We find it incredibly relaxing. Your family will have no where to be, but with each other. And if you get lucky your kids will have no cell service out on the lake! Here are some tips to make it a great family trip:

8 Tips for Houseboating with Kids

1. You are on the water the entire time, even when you are beached; so make sure there is adequate railing all around the boat. The front deck, the back deck and up top. Make sure that the top has railing all the way around, including gates that will keep the children from being able to go up and down the stairs. I cannot emphasize this enough.

2. Take your own life jackets.

3. Budget accordingly. Houseboats do not get good gas mileage. You will spend a lot of money on gas depending on how much you drive it around.

4. Do not forget some essentials for the kids. Floaties, board games, kites, bubbles, water trampoline, ski boat or jet ski (if you have one), and fishing rods.

5. Only rent a houseboat that has a hot tub. This one element adds so much to the trip.

6. Take your own camping chairs. Some that are easily moved around, so that you can sit around a fire each night.

7. Bring all the fixings you will need to make s’mores. Including the roasting sticks and bundles of wood. I would take at least 3 bundles for a 7 night trip.

8. Look at the area you will be house boating all ahead of time. Make sure you have everything you will need if you decide to go hiking. For example a backpack to carry your two year old in.

So far our favorite place we have found for houseboating in Lake Shuswap in British Columbia. Here are some articles I wrote specifically for houseboating on Lake Shuswap.

House Boating on Lake Shuswap, B.C.
House Boating in Canada

Have you been houseboating? Where is your favorite location?


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4 Responses to “8 Tips for Houseboating with Kids”

  1. Brian

    House boating sounds like so much fun! I’ll have to put it on my list of vacations to do. Thanks for sharing your trip.

  2. Abel Tewolde

    This is an awesome tip!
    Discuss your children’s concerns with them and make them comfortable with the plans to overcome them. And make sure they are involved with the planning and preparations. This will also make them more comfortable with the plans for living aboard and will help to get them excited. Hope this helps you.

  3. David M. Jackson

    Hey buddy!!

    Thanks for this informative article. My kids love this idea and very soon we will plan for boating and your all cautions about boating. We will follow and hope we have a great vacation.

    Thanks and keep sharing!!!

    Warm regards,
    David M. Jackson 🙂

  4. Heather

    Great tips! Making sure that your children are safe from any danger is definitely important to do before anything else. I like the idea of s’mores and a hot tub on a houseboat as well! Thanks for sharing!


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