What’s in the bag?

July 30, 2020 in Safety - 2 Comments

Check out the video where Gretchen explains how we chose what to include in our ditch bag. Here’s a list of what made it in:

First aid

  • First aid kit with wound care, breakable ice packs, pain killers, antacids, alcohol wipes
  • Emergency blankets
  • Baseball hats
  • Hand sanitizer
  • Sun block
  • Bug repellent
  • Spare eye glasses
  • Spare sunglasses


  • High protein, non-thirst inducing food (peanut butter, tuna, nuts, dried fruit)
  • Empty water bottles
  • Potty bottle (different color from water bottles)–what goes in, must come out!
  • Water jugs near ditch bag
  • Water purifier
  • Fishing equipment


  • Fog horn
  • Compass
  • VHF (with latitude and longitude) that is battery operated
  • Mayday script
  • Copies of passports, IDs, boat registration papers, credit card numbers
  • Paper and pencils/pens (non running ink!)
  • Large waterproof case to hold electronics (handheld GPS, iPads, iPhones, MOFIs
  • Spare batteries


  • Flares
  • Electronic flare
  • Waterproof flashlight
  • Light sticks
  • Smoke canisters
  • Signal mirror
  • Floatable distress flag


  • Collapsable bucket
  • Gloves
  • Sponge
  • Duct tape
  • Nylon line
  • Multi use tool
  • Empty Zip-loc bags (variety of sizes)


  • Books
  • Cards
  • Adult wipes
  • Toothbrush/toothpaste

If you have other ideas, let us know in the comments below!


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  • Scot July 30, 2020 at 2:18 pm

    Throw in some zip ties – multiple sizes. Cheap, compact and super handy.

    • gntsailing July 30, 2020 at 2:48 pm

      Great idea! And from our hillbilly anchor chain marking project, you know we have some! Ha!

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