5 Ditch Bag Essentials Every Boater Should Have
By: Brenton Roberts
A bag of essential items in case of an emergency while on the water, whether you have to leave the boat due to fire or sinking, or stuck on the boat, adrift at sea. This should be on the boat at all times, and stored in a safe spot with easy access to it at all times. The saying “hope for the best, prepare for the worst,” is very fitting when it comes to a ditch bag. Let’s hope you never have to use it, but if so, it is there.
The bag or box itself should be at least water resistant, if not waterproof, and have enough positive buoyancy that when full, will still float. The contents of your ditch bag can vary depending on where you are headed, but here are a few essentials that can be a life saver in time of need, no matter where you are.
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