Finally, you’ve realized that it is the perfect time for boating. You invite your friends and family members to join you. You start packing; however, you are indecisive about what to take along with you for your boating journey. You no longer need to worry about that because in this article we’ll walk you through the 10 things you need for your boat.

In numerous jurisdictions, US law necessitates you to being some essential things such as life jackets, fire extinguishers, and a VHF radio. However, there are some items that aren’t mentioned in the law but are crucial for the boating journey. Without any further ado, let’s delve deeper into 10 things you need for your boat.

1.      Survival Kit

Before survival kits were coined and become widely available in the market, peoples had to buy all the basic items separately such as a first aid kit, an army knife, and a flashlight. Since all these tools were deemed mandatory worldwide, several types of survival kits were offered by the manufacturers to help peoples with their boating journey.

2.      Hand-held Compass

Even though your survival kit contains a compass, it is strongly recommended to bring with you another one as a backup. You have to make that your extra compass is working perfectly well as the one in your survival kit.

3.      Headlamp

A headlamp is also a mandatory item that you need for your boat and is more useful than your ordinary flashlight. Without a headlamp, you can’t consider a safe boating journey. If you are coming back to dock in the night, this can certainly help you avoid a costly spill into the water.

4.      Extra Rope

It is almost impossible to speculate when you’ll need an extra line on your boat. In most cases, you need an extra rope amidst boating. Whenever you need to tow your boat or another boat, you need a spare rope. Aside from that, it can be used for an extra dock line or throw line.

5.      Rain Suit

There is always a likelihood of rain. That’s why it is always regarded as the best practice to bring a rain suit along with you. Your rain suit won’t only protect you from getting wet but is also incredibly effective for keeping you warm and protecting you from the cold weather. You can purchase rain ponchos in bundles and keep a few on board just in case. You never know when bad weather will hit.

6.      Cell Phone

Even though it sounds pretty much obvious to many of you, but never forget to bring your cell phone along with you while boating. In most cases, boaters hate any kind of interruptions that’s why they prefer not to bring cell phones with them. Honestly speaking, bringing a cell phone with you is crucial for the safe boating experience.

If you want to avoid all sorts of disturbances due to calling or messages, you can turn your cell phone off or put it in airplane mode. Furthermore, amidst boating, you have to be reachable if your friends or family members contact you in case of emergency.

7.      Food

In order to prevent you from being stranded hungry, we strongly recommend you to bring some more than food with you.  Bring the food that can be prepared quickly and doesn’t need to be cooked.

8.      Sunscreen and Bug Spray

The Banana Boat Sport Sunscreen and the Bug Soother Spray are the must-to-have products for boaters. Both of them can be conveniently kept inside your waterproof pocket. Be carefull of using spray sunscreen on your boat. That fine mist can go everywhere in the wind.

9.      Extra Hat

If you are a newbie, you might have the perception that bringing an extra hat isn’t mandatory. But all the experienced boaters always bring an extra hat.

10.  Ziploc and Waterproof Bags

Don’t forget to bring a Ziploc or waterproof bag with you while boating. It could be an ideal option if you have them in variant sizes. Ziploc bags are equally effective as the waterproof storages and you can keep food, fishing bait, tools, and much more inside that. You can also purchase waterproof bags that specifically are sized for things like your cellphone and wallet. The bags can double as protection if someone has an injury while onboard. Putting a foot inside a bag while rushing to shore to get stiches can help keep dirt and sand out of the cut(and blood off your seats).


So far we’ve nailed down all the 10 essential things that you need for your boat. There are a lot more things that you can bring specifically if you want to go fishing. 

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