Boating 101: 15 Essential Items for Your Day on the Lake

Everyone loves to go boating, but some forget to pack important items needed for the trip. This information has been compiled in order to help you stay on track with your boating venture. There is nothing worse than packing everyone up and arriving to your destination to not be able to have the most fun because you forgot something.

Family on the dock about to go boatingHere is a list of 15 items that are essential in almost any of your boat outings!

#1: Boat Registration

This is important to have before the boat touches the water. It is a requirement in order to operate the vessel.

#2: Camera

Make sure to take a waterproof camera to ensure you can capture the memories.

#3: Marine Radio or Waterproof Cell Phone

This is important for your safety should you become stranded.

#4: Clothes

Just in case an emergency should happen and you are stranded, you may need to take clothing (protected by plastic) to change into should your clothes become wet.

#5: Cooler

If you are going to go fishing, then you will need a cooler for the fish. You will also need a cooler for you drinks or your food.

#6: First Aid Kit

Face it, accident happens. It is important to have a first aid kit with you for the safety of you and those with you.

#7: Fire Extinguisher

This is self-explanatory. If your engine catches fire, you will most likely want to put it out!

#8: Fishing License

You will need your license on you plan on doing some fishing (unless it is private property and you own the lake).

#9: Hand Sanitizer and Wipes

You will be handling a lot of things that hold bacteria. It is important to take wipes and hand sanitizer with you on your trip.

#10: Repellent

Most times it is important to take insect repellent to keep bugs off of you . You are in nature, it will happen.

#11: Food and Beverages

Take food and beverages with you, you never know when you’ll want a snack.

#12: Personal Floatation Devices – PFDs

You will need to make sure each passenger has a PFD for safety. This is a must.

#13: Visual Distress Signals

This is important to have if you are far away from land and your radio is not responsive. This will alert people to your location and that you need help.

#14: Map and Compass

Just in case you venture too far out on the water, you will need to be able to work your way back to land. The map and compass will allow you to stay in control of where you are.

#15: Sunscreen

You will be outdoors, and the reflection of the sun’s rays off of the water can quicken the effect of sunburn.

Make sure that all of these items are packed before you leave. It is suggested to make a list of everything you need to take and everything you want to take to ensure you leave nothing behind, especially anything that is listed here.


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