Sailing is an adventure that not everyone gets to enjoy in their life. It can be thrilling, refreshing, and freeing. It’s not something you should miss out on if you have the opportunity, but it’s also not something you should take lightly. There are rules to follow if you’re going out on the ocean, and you need to avoid danger at all costs.
Below are a few things you should never go sailing without:
When you’re out on the water, there are no quick trips back to your wardrobe to pick something suitable if your current clothes aren’t doing it for you, so you want to make sure you’re prepared for the weather out there! Be sure to pack something warm and waterproof, as it’s going to be windy on the water, and you’ll struggle to keep warm without it.
A life jacket is also essential when going out on the water, even if you’re confident in your swimming abilities. You don’t want to risk going overboard with the possibility of going under! Every sailor needs to have their own life jacket, new and adept alike, so make sure that you and everyone else has one at least aboard the boat!
Having proper shoes is one of the most important things to consider, you don’t want to wear shoes that are easy to trip or slip in, so make sure you bring proper fitting shoes that don’t hinder your movement!
The right tools for the job
Whether you’re going to carry it on you, or just keep it inside the boat, making sure you have the right tools at hand in case of emergency is a must. There are lots of ropes and cords around a boat, and an accident can happen to anyone where they are caught or tangled. Making sure to pack some sailing knives can be life-saving, so they’re worth the investment even if you don’t end up needing them at the time!
It’s also recommended that you bring something small and waterproof to keep your phone in, in case of an emergency. You may never fall overboard, and it’s unlikely that you will if you’re careful while you’re sailing, but it can give you that extra peace in mind knowing that your phone or other gadgets are safe!
It might not be essential to bring a lot of medical equipment if you’re only going on a short sailing trip, but it doesn’t hurt to be prepared in case of an emergency. You’re typically going to want to prepare some seasickness tablets at the very least! If you haven’t been out on the sea much, you might not know your limits, and therefore unable to predict if you’re prone to seasickness.
Other than that, some basic first aid like bandaids or bandages is always good to have, as help is going to be hard to get when you’re away from land. It’s light and doesn’t hurt to have aboard the boat!
Sailing isn’t the most dangerous activity you can take part in, but it’s definitely something that should be taken seriously.