Over and above the basic requirements of flares and PFDs (worn not stowed); we wear personal locators, whistle, light and as Caapi suggests a knife. If the weather is poor we wear Mustang flotation bibs and jackets; if the world goes to shyte we have Mustang dry suits. (I like to wear it like a sleeping bag while on deck
, LOL). Our boat is equipped with an epirb
and lifeboat. Our (floating and waterproof) ditch bag contains hand held GPS
, batteries, dried food
bars and (bagged) fresh water, thermo blankets, 1st aid kit and a Katadyn
Survivor. We also keep emergency food, water, radio
, 1st Aid Kit in our dingy chain locker.
Stuff is good, but filing a float plan and understanding your boat and its limitations is just as important. Keeping in touch with a Cruiser's Net is also good along with the daily tasks of checking boat systems (IE, equipment
, hoses, through hulls, clamps, oil
and batteries). Keep your radio(s) on and monitor
them; it could save your life or someone elses'.