Are you and your sailboat setting off into the sunset soon? Well, here's a list of what you need to pack before you set sail. There's a lot to remember when embarking on a sailing trip. From the must-haves to the don't-forgets, deciding what to bring can feel a little stressful, but don't fret. We're here to help! It's important to prioritize what to pack? Think: safety, function, fun—in that order.
Safety first—it may not be the most fun part, but it's undoubtedly the most crucial part of your packing list.
The list below covers all the must-haves for all boats:Make sure to check the contents of your first aid kit before setting off to guarantee nothing is missing.
Staying connected is the key here. You don't want to sail into any unpleasant surprises and not be able to get in contact with authorities.
Have plenty of life jackets available. If there are any children joining, have smaller sizes available as well. Keep the life jackets in a place where they are readily accessible.
Always make sure you have a back-up plan. If, in the unlucky event of an engine breakdown or no wind, you should still be able to get moving.
It can get a lot darker on open waters, so a good quality flashlight and extra batteries are important.
Knowing the right signaling flags, and when to use them, can save lives. Have all the flags ready for use and fly them accordingly.
Having a high-quality flare and horn to signal you're in potential danger is an essential tool you should pack before setting sail.
In the unfortunate event of getting a hole in your hull, you should be able to know how to solve this and to take the right steps to prevent a disaster.
Although snorkel masks are often used for looking at the beauties underwater, they are also useful for inspecting the hull.
A good and sharp knife is always useful when it comes to boating.
After finally reaching the spot you were looking for it would be a shame if you couldn't stop your boat from drifting away. Make sure the anchor and its line is at the place its supposed to be.
When you're working with engines or simply cooking on a boat, there's always a fire hazard. Although you might think you're surrounded by plenty of water, it's always easier to get a proper fire extinguisher ready for use.
All boats should be packed with a basic tool box for unforeseen issues.