What to Pack Before Going Out on the Water

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Nothing beats a boat ride: the sun on your face, the warm air, the waves gently rocking the boat, and…oh, wait. Have you forgotten to bring sunscreen? The last thing you want to do once you’re out on the ocean returns to shore to retrieve a lost item. Here’s how to pack the ideal boat backpack so you can make the most of your boat day!


One thing is certain: sunburn is never fun. Sunscreen is a must! SPF 30 or higher is recommended—look for a brand that offers coverage against both UVA and UVB rays for the best protection. Sun protection can also come in the form of cover-ups, hats, and sunglasses. These items block the sun—and they make sitting outside on a sunny day way more comfortable and stylish.

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Dry Bag for Electronics

Use a compact dry bag to keep your phones and other electronic devices dry while out on the water. It’s also a good idea to have a couple of extra water-resistant bags on hand for soaking wet swimsuits and towels.

Waterproof Card Games

Tanning and swimming may be broken up with some fun and games from your boat bag. Card games are fantastic since they take up little room and can be enjoyed by everyone. Many traditional card games have waterproof versions available, or you may buy a deck of plastic playing cards.

Bluetooth Speaker

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Music on the go can keep your group entertained! Bluetooth allows portable speakers to connect to any smartphone. Look for alternatives that are waterproof, dustproof, and shockproof, as well as the capacity to float in water.

Solar Power Bank

While most phone batteries last all day, a portable charger is a good backup to have for peace of mind. Solar power banks are excellent choices. Solar power banks, like solar chargers, turn sunlight into electrical energy; the difference (and advantage) is that solar power banks include a built-in battery to store energy. So, once charged, they don’t need to be exposed to sunlight to power a device.