For those of us who don’t spend a lot of time out on the water, knowing what to bring on a boat rental can be a difficult guessing game. We put together a list of 12 useful items to bring with you on the water.
1. Sunscreen and Lip Balm
Sunscreen is extremely important when protecting yourself out on the water. Regardless of your skin’s sensitivity, you are still exposed to harmful UVA/UVB rays. Most sunscreens with SPF 15 or higher will do an adequate job of protecting against UVB rays. The more sensitive your skin is, the higher SPF you should be applying. Waterproof sunscreen is a great idea for boat trips, especially if you plan to swim or do any other water sports. Make sure you reapply the longer you get in your boat trip.
And do not forget that your lips can easily get burned or dry from the sun and wind, which can become painful. Pack your chapstick!
The location of your sailing, boating, or yachting trip is an important factor in determining your sun exposure. If you are renting a boat in British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands or the Bahamas you are going to be very close to the Equator. This means that the sun is going to be more directly overhead, resulting in less ozone and atmosphere to filter the UV rays before hitting your body.
2. Hats & Sunglasses
Hats are the best way to shield your face, neck, and scalp from the sun. The wider the brim of the hat, the more you will be protected.
Sunglasses play an important role in filtering out the rays that are reflected by the water to our eyes. Look for glasses that are polarized and provide UVA/UVB protection. Plus, a nice pair of sunnies always completes the perfect yachting or sailing outfit; it’s a win-win.
3. Dry Pack
Dry packs are great for those valuables that you don’t want to risk getting wet. Put your phone, camera, or speakers in a dry pack when you are not using them to ensure that they don’t get damaged. Dry packs are also useful for watersports like kayaking or dingy riding where you are surely going to take on some water on your adventure.
4. Jackets, Windbreakers, or Long Sleeves
Windbreakers and jackets are a great idea to bring along, even if you think the weather is going to be very warm. When the boat picks up speed or the winds pick up, it is always nice to have an extra layer to throw on if necessary. Especially if you are going for an evening cruise, when the sun goes down it can get very cool on the water. Bringing a long sleeve shirt is a great idea for those who are looking for extra sun protection.
5. iPod, iPhone, Speaker
For every epic boat trip you will want to have tunes that you can throw on. Some boats are equipped with speakers and an AUX cord so all you have to do is bring your iPod, phone, or other MP3 device. Check the boat’s profile on Sailo to see if this is listed. Otherwise, pack a small portable speaker for your cruising tunes.
6. Rain Gear
Rain showers and storms can quickly pop up at sea, so don’t forget to pack a rain jacket and other rain gear to keep you and your friends dry.
A camera is a must on your boat rental. You will want to capture the beauty and memorable experience that comes along with being out at sea. If you are on a small motorboat or small sailboat, where getting wet is highly likely, we recommend bringing a waterproof camera or waterproof case for you phone.
8. Boat shoes
Some boat owners require you to have boat shoes or to take your street shoes off. Boat owners will specify if this is necessary, but it always a good thing to be aware of.
9. Sea Sickness Medication
If you are prone to getting sea sick, take necessary medication before you go out and also bring some with you in case the water gets very choppy while you are out.
Water is always an essential to have on board. If you are chartering a boat with a captain, a lot of times they will have water on board for you, but it is always a good idea to check ahead of time with the boat owner. If you are chartering a bareboat, then it is definitely a good idea to bring your own supply.
Make sure you have your ID on you. The US Coast Guard can always check the vessel and the passengers on board, especially offshore.
12. Bug Repellent
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Now that you know all the essential items to pack, check out Sailo’s fleet and browse boats in some of our popular destinations including New York, Miami, British Virgin Islands, US Virgin Islands, Greece, Portugal, and Croatia.