Way to go, marine! Or shall we say, way to go, mariner. Anyways, marine survival gear is important. There’s a good reason all of these items are called survival gear. In theory, these are the items that could spell the difference between life and death in the event of an emergency. Let’s consider the top five most important marine survival categories.
Marine Survival Gear #1: Life Jackets or Vests
There are the floatation devices that could spell all the difference between an awkward moment (where you fall off the boat by accident) and the very un-cool end of your entire life. Did you know that according to statistics, boat travel is far more dangerous than one driving in a car? Most boating deaths occur because of drowning and 80% of the deceased were not wearing life jackets. Bring life jackets just to be safe, and bring a few others, just in case you need them. It’s much better to be safe and neighborly (as in, hey you, need to borrow a life jacket?) than sorry.
Marine Survival Gear #2: Adequate Sustenance
This means extra food, extra water, medical supplies, medications and even water makers. You can never have enough backup, and if you are staying out for a long while, it may be in your best interest to bring along a water maker, which converts seawater to drinkable water in just a few moments. Remember that you have to care for your crew as well too, so bring along medication for motion sickness, seasickness and any other condition you can think of that your passengers might suddenly be struck with.
Marine Survival Gear #3: Sharp Objects
You may have to use these items for cutting fish or perhaps even cutting wood. Make sure and bring along plenty of sharp objects for survival, including knives, knife sharpeners, razor blades, saws (for wood cutting) and other sharp tools like needle-nose grips.
Marine Survival Gear #4: Lights
In the event of an emergency you want to capture the attention of others from a long distance. At night time this means shining plenty of light. So make plans to bring flares and flashlights. Speaking of light, you might also want to bring along a back-lit GPS system so you can find your way around. The more light you have, the better, provided you buy waterproof materials. However, this will also mean packing extra batteries for back up.