Best Finger Food for Boating 2022 [Delicious Ideas]

Summer is the perfect time to enjoy with friends and family; it’s the time of the year where we get to unwind and enjoy the best that life has to offer. Going boating is one of my favorite moments to bond with my friends as we sail away!

But, one thing that I have learned over the years is, having food on the trip makes it more enjoyable. Just imagine grabbing a snack while watching the sunset; it does not get any better than that!

Well, finger food, also known as ‘food appetizers,’ is the perfect solution for you and your family when it comes to snacking. With finger food, gone are the hassles of carrying plate, reheating food; all you need to do is unwrap it, and you are good to go.

For this article, we are going to discuss the best finger food for boating, so that the next time you are going out on a boat ride, you’ll know exactly what to bring. So, let’s fire away!

Frozen grapes

Frozen grape finger food

Its one of the best summer snacks during a hot day, before going boating; its recommended to pre-freeze your grapes and place them in a large freezer bag that will last you throughout the day.

What more impressive about frozen grapes is you can eat them at various times throughout the day, and you can also be able to other foods in the cooler bag. Its Hitting two birds with one stone, Jackpot!

I’d recommend keeping these in a cooler to ensure they stay frozen for the entirety of your boat trip.

Pressed Sandwiches & Muffulettas

Sandwich boat snack

Boating is an incredible adventure like, but it can suck up a lot of your energy. So, you need a high calorie and carb foods to replenish your body. Pressed sandwiches or muffulettas is the best option to get you up and running again.

All you need is roasted red peppers, tomato, basil, plenty of mozzarella cheese, thick bread, and a bit of oil and wallah! You have a perfect snack for the day. Did I mention that they taste better after a couple of hours?

Non-messy wraps

Wrap as a boating finger snack

Did you know that non-messy wraps are easy to eat and prepare, which means that they will not mess up your boat. These types of finger food tend to be high in protein like cheese, pre-grilled chicken topped with lettuce, or tomato.

You can also go for meat but, here is the catch you’ll have to go with your very own cooler box to keep your meat fresh.

Granola bars

healthy boating finger food

Going boating requires high protein snacks to give us a little energy boost like Granola bars. They are quite small, making it quite handy for boating trips. Its always one of my best finger foods as they don’t take up much space, and they don’t require refrigeration.

What even more impressive, you can make your granola bar at home or choose from a wide variety of brands to satisfy your sweet tooth.

Veg and sliced fruits

In the hot summer heat,it’s essential to stay hydrated. Sliced fruit and veg will do just exactly that. To maintain its freshness, you can wrap it with aluminum foil and place it in a cooler box or your bag if you don’t have refrigeration. I’d recommend this cooler box by Igloo. You can find it on Amazon by clicking here.

Vegetarian kabobs

The vegetarian snack kabobs are a good option because they don’t need to be refrigerated. All you need is to keep them in a foil and place them in the shade.

Preparation is quite simple, break the kabob stick into half and skewer your favorite veg or fruit onto them. For those who love a bit of taste, you can add cheese. The snack kabobs will fill you up and won’t make a mess on your boat, two words that I love to hear.

Trail mix, candy, and popcorn

Trail Mix Finger Snack

For those who love a quick and easy food option, this finger food should be at the top of your list. All you need to do is fill your plastic container with candy, trail mix, and popcorn, what’s even more impressive the container can be placed strategically on the deck so that all can reach it.

If you plan on getting wet, trail mix and nuts are the best options; they don’t get flaccid like a sandwich. The only drawback is, they can leave a bit of a mess, but that’s nothing that a vacuum cleaner can’t fix.

This is a delicious boat snack which is also very healthy. If eating healthy is something which interests you, I recommend you check out my article on the best healthy boat snacks.

Goldfish crackers

Crackers for boating

This particular type of finger food has mixed reactions; some love them others don’t. If you love fish-themed food well, this is a must-have. Here is an interesting fact: they were initially invented to float on top of the soup.

Homemade cookies

Homemade Cookies For Boat Trips

Cookies do not require a cooler box and have a high sugar level making it the perfect finger food. You can also make them at home with all the flavors that you like; for those who don’t love baking, you can take the easy option and buy them from the local shop.

Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers

I love hot and spicy food, and I couldn’t end this list without including Stuffed Jalapeno Poppers. You can also prepare yours at home by using sharp cheddar, bacon, and cream cheese on your grill in the backyard.

But here is the catch; it can get quite greasy, and I bet you would be willing to overlook that because of its killer taste. Note, don’t forget to carry paper towels to wipe yourself afterward.

Tacos in a Doritos Bag

It must be prepared the night before your boating adventure; all you have to do is cook a taco meat mix and store it overnight in a fridge. In the morning, open the Doritos bag and add cheese, onions, cheese, meat mix and shake it for delicious taste.


Snacking while boating goes hand in hand; we have compiled a list of the best finger food that will make your adventure a little bit more enjoyable and exciting. Finger foods are quite easy to prepare, and they don’t take much time. Happy boating!

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