6 Things You Need for a Day on the Water

There’s nothing better than spending time in the great outdoors, especially if you’re going to be out on the water boating. Hanging out with family and friends while enjoying the sun, the surf and some rustic ‘outdoorsy’ food and drinks… what more could you want? Need an idea of the things you’ll need for a day out on the water? Look no further.

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1. Activities

There are countless ways to enjoy the water: surfing, jet skiing, swimming and don’t forget fishing! (FLD Facebook friend Matt is a BIG fisherman and I reckon he’ll LOVE this) Whether you’re an expert or a novice, fishing can be a really great way to spend a day. The kids enjoy going fishing and it’s a great excuse for NO SCREENS. If you’re in need of extra supplies such as fishing rods, reels, and lures, you might want to check out MOTackle They reckon they’ve got tackle at lower prices than walk-in stores; check out what’s available here.

2. Sunscreen

This, of course, is a must-have item that, even now, many people overlook. Having moved over from the UK it wasn’t part of our ‘routine’ but it soon did and I personally love ‘Slip – Slop – Slap’ and now ‘Seek and Slide’ so the 5 S’s. You may be eager to get out there, but you need to remember to pack that sunscreen. Not only will you get sunburnt, which damages the skin, but overexposure to sun can lead to many other health issues. Gone are the days of thick, greasy lotion. Now there are all kinds to suit all different skin types, in many strengths and modes of application – traditional, roll-on, spray… there’s really no excuse not to use it. It’s SO easy. *TOP TIP* Look for ‘Zinc’ in the ingredients. 

 Slip – Slop – Slap – Seek – Slide

3. Water

Yes, you need water for a day on the water. To drink silly! Being out in the sun is a sure way for your body to lose fluids, especially if you partake in rigorous activity. Dehydration happens more and quicker than you think. Alcohol consumption will exacerbate dehydration, so make sure you’ve got plenty of water on hand if your having a few drinks. That or make sure you’re not dong anything that involves driving the next morning.

4. Emergency Kit

Now for a few things that really should be on the boat already. ESPECIALLY if you’ve got kids.

  • First-aid kit – 
  • Life jackets – No brainer
  • Inflatable raft – To get to shore for fetching coffees.
  • Flares – Not the Jeans…
  • A radio – For listening to the English cricket ;-)
  • Flashlights – Or a ‘torch’ if you’re not American

All these things are quite compact and can be stored on board easily.

5. Extra Towels and Clothes

Make sure there are enough towels for everyone to dry off after swimming or enjoying other water-based shenanigans. Having extra clothes on hand is also a good idea, just in case your clothes get wet. Pack some easy-to-wear items though – jeans aren’t a good idea because it’s not fun squeezing yourself into denim when your skin is damp. Especially flares!

6. Food

Hunger pangs will hit even when you’re having fun. Be smart about what you pack – the food should be easy to transport, easy to eat and keep well in the heat (in a cooler of course). Good choices include ready-cut fruit and raw veggies, salted crackers, nuts and chips for electrolytes. Have substantial salads in the cooler – perhaps some cold chicken and mayo with bread will help fill your tummies! Sometimes simple fare will keep everyone happy.


When out on the water, it’s a case of being smart and safe. Now you’ve got this handy checklist of essentials, all you have to do is get out there and have some fun! And maybe buy a boat.

Did I miss anything? Let me know in the comments below.




Extras added via readers.

Reader Isabeau adds:

  • Fire Extinguisher
  • Oars 
  • Read up and be knowledgable about safety and legality when boating
  • Water – There’s a minimum amount per-person
  • Have fun! It’s serious business but you have to enjoy it

Thanks Isabeau!


Extras from me while I think about it:

  • DEFINITELY an ESKY – It saved lives when a boat sunk off Dee Why a few years ago – Article Here
  • Hats and Sunnies – Depicted but not mentioned above


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