Its finally boating season! The boat slips are filling up and the lakes are bursting with enthusiastic boaters spending their days swimming and boating around in the sun. If you intend on spending a lot of summer days out on the water, there are a few things you should always keep onboard to ensure a great time. The first part of having a great time is having a safe time, which brings us to the first thing you should always have at hand.
You should always have the proper safety equipment for your boat and its passengers. This can include but isn’t limited to lifejackets, a life buoy and a first aid kit. You might never need to use these items, but if you do you will be very glad and relieved that they are just arms length away. With safety covered, lets talk about the sun. Too much sun can cause harsh sunburn, and this can happen in just a few hours out on the lake.
Always keep sunscreen with high SPF on your boat. This way, even if you forget to bring your or your guests forgets to bring some, there is always protection available. Sunscreen is especially important if you often have children on your boat. Young children are specifically vulnerable to sunburn and sunscreen should be consistently re-applied throughout a day on the boat. Spending a whole day out on the water also bring the risk of heat exhaustion.
To combat this, you should always have bottles of water on the boat. Although you are surrounded by water at any given time, it can’t be consumed. Keeping passengers hydrated will help them stay cool and comfortable during the hottest parts of the day and the various activities that take place like swimming or fishing. So now that you and your passengers are protected from the sun and the heat, what if you get hungry?
The last thing you should always have on your boat is a small variety of snacks. Veteran boaters know to bring coolers full of lunch and drinks, but new boaters often forget. Having sustainable snacks like granola bars or nuts can ward off hunger and keep everyone happy. If you’re out in the middle of the lake, it’s not always easy to find somewhere to stop for a bite to eat.
When you are out on your boat you don’t always have direct access to the things that you or your passengers need. Safety equipment, water, sunscreen and snacks are great to always have available. You can keep them all in one place, “for emergencies” or consistently replenish them throughout the summer season. With all of these things on your boat, you will be ready for a fun and safe day out on the water with friends and family.