Items in your Boat Bag

Being prepared: My must-have items for boating

Whenever I prepare for a boat outing my friend, Aaron, will ask, “What are you expecting an apocalypse?” He likes to poke fun about all the stuff I bring.

I always remind him that as a woman boater, I want to be prepared for any and all circumstances. Of course, there is no reason a man shouldn’t be prepared.

I can’t tell you how many times someone on my boat has asked me for something and I had it on board.

Here is my list of items I consider a must for every boat outing:

  • Basic first aid kit
  • Pocket knife / pliers combo
  • Water shoes
  • Rain poncho or foul weather gear
  • Waterproof bag
  • Cell phone / charger cord.
  • Beach towels
  • Sunscreen
  • Waterproof strobe / flashlight combo & batteries
  • Handheld compass
  • UV blocking sunglasses
  • Binoculars
  • Bottled water
  • Long sleeve shirt/or sweatshirt
  • Medications
  • Wego battery charger
  • Insect repellant
  • Paper clip/bag ties
  • Extra drain plug
  • West Marine tool kit
  • Hand held marine radio with extra batteries and 12v plug
  • Ziplock bags, (so many uses)
  • Davis instruments, multi key

Is there anything I missed? Send me a note and let me know what is on your must-have list of boating accessories.

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