Jet ski camping allows you to access remote islands or coves that other people can’t get to. If you own a jet ski, then you can camp on your own private island instead of some generic campsite.

One of the most overlooked outdoor activities is jet ski camping. It’s a great way to bring the family together and make days on the water more fun for the kids. Jet ski camping allows you the freedom to find your own secluded spot along a river, or maybe your own private island, where you can have a good time with friends and family members. Often times people never even consider going jet ski camping, but those who do find it’s a great way to spend a weekend.

This thorough guide will walk you through how to scope a camping location, what to bring, and how to have the best time possible.


Finding a good spot to camp is an essential part of ensuring you have a good time.

Sometimes it helps to scope out a spot in advance either online or by going there in person. If you know already the area well then you may be able to find a spot without having to make a scouting trip beforehand. Make sure you’re allowed to camp at your selected spot before making yourself at home.

If you want, you could even use Google Earth to try spotting a good camping spot from above that you can get too on your jet ski. Make sure your chosen campsite requires a permit or booking.

Try to decide how secluded you want to be. One of the best parts about jet ski camping is that you can choose less common locations. Having your own private space to relax is one of the best parts about jet ski camping.

On the other hand, staying close to civilisation usually means a shorter commute time to and from the campsite. Restocking on supplies is also much easier if a store is nearby. 


It’s important to find a spot that is dry, and high enough above water level that it will stay dry all night. Be sure to check the weather prior to the trip. Try finding an area with a sandy beach to park your jet ski on, otherwise, you may need to bring an anchor and rope to tie it to a tree. It really comes down to preference, but an area with enough trees to provide adequate shade can come in handy. Sandbars can be fun to spend the day on but most people will want a break from the sun after a few hours. The added shade will also keep the sun out of your tent (assuming you’re going to sleep in one) and allow you a couple extra hours of rest in the morning.


The supplies needed to go jet ski camping can vary depending on weather, your location, and what you’re personally dependent on. The drawback of jet ski camping is the limited storage space available on jet ski’s. Try to only bring what you need, and once the essentials are on board, then you can try bringing extra luxuries.

The gear that you bring needs to be compact, lightweight, and easy to assemble.


You’re going to want to bring a tent. It’s possible to sleep in a hammock or sleeping bag, but the option to shelter yourself from the elements as well as bugs is a great back up.

A single person tent is great if you intend on sleeping by yourself. It weighs around 1 kilogram and is very portable.

If you want to have room for a friend or family member a mountaineering two or four-man tent is a good option, they can be folded down and stuffed into a compact bag.


A sleeping bag and sleeping pad aren’t exactly necessary for a jet ski camping trip. If you’re sleeping in a tent then a pillow and blanket can be used in place of a sleeping bag but they will definitely take up more space. A sleeping pad is useful because it makes sleeping on the ground much more comfortable but it’s not a must-have.

Mostly Jetski camping is done in warmer times of the year, a lightweight sleeping bag is perfect. Most novice campers don’t own a sleeping pad, but getting one actually makes sleeping on the ground bearable. Getting good sleep while camping makes the next days activities way more fun.


Bringing a bundle of wood for a fire is such a surprisingly overlooked detail on many jet ski camping trips. Most people assume they can find wood where they are but that isn’t always the case. You can save some storage space by finding kindling around your site, but there is no reason to go chopping down trees. Collecting wood, even if it’s deadwood, is often times prohibited in national parks because it can damage the ecosystem. Check the rules and regulations before you pull out your axe or go foraging.

If it’s allowed, spending a little bit of time searching for some deadwood to burn can be a good way to explore the area and get free supplies in the process.


Unless you plan on living off of the land survivalist style, bringing food is very essential. Stick to packing the classic camping foods.


Bring a cooler if you can to keep your food fresh. We recommend and stock FISHSKI for cooler, fishing and spare fuel setups.

Buying a fold-out grill to put over a fire makes cooking much easier. They are light and compact which makes them great for jet ski camping because it’s important to save as much room on board as possible.


Be sure to dispose of your leftovers and trash properly. Bringing trash bags is a good idea because you should never leave anything behind, even if it’s biodegradable. Leftover scraps can attract animals to your campsite either while you’re there or when other people camp there in the future.

Airtight containers are great for storing food after it’s out of its original packaging. Avoid plastic baggies or other small items of trash that can easily be forgotten and left at the campsite.


For experienced advice on how to get the most out of Jetski camping and how to prepare yourself, give us a call at North Coast Boating. We are always happy to help you get the most out of your jetski.