3 Items to Keep In Your Sailing Bag

, 3 Items to Keep In Your Sailing Bag

Weighing the need for equipment versus the sheer weight of my sailing bag; three more items made the cut and are now staples in my every day carry captain’s sailing bag; I added binoculars, a head lamp, and a solar charger. In my work as a sailboat captain, there are essentials I bring on every sail.

, 3 Items to Keep In Your Sailing Bag

What Is In My Sailing Bag?

A LOT of gear! Everything from sunscreen to pens to my captain’s license! Plus a few additions below, thanks to Bill who watches out for my sailing needs.

, 3 Items to Keep In Your Sailing Bag

Vortex Optics Vanquish Binoculars

Binoculars are so useful on a boat; not only for bird watching, but also to locate landmarks, channel markers, sea buoys, and fellow boaters.

My husband Bill gifted me with the Vortex Optics Vanquish Binoculars. I suspect he actually ordered them for shooting, then realized they would not accept a tripod, and that’s how I became the lucky recipient. No matter; I love them!

The Vortex binoculars are small and light enough that I don’t mind adding their weight and bulk to my daily bag. Of course, as soon as I received them, I headed out and ran a trial against a couple other pairs.

, 3 Items to Keep In Your Sailing Bag

Binocular Trials

Everyone on the boat participated in the trial, viewing birds on shore as the goal. While there are far, far more expensive binoculars on the market; these are at a price point that if they do get dropped overboard; I won’t cry or jump overboard after them.

One interesting feature on the Vortex binoculars is their small size. In order to use them; first you rotate and extend the eyecup. A couple times, I have forgotten this step. They still work, but it’s a much better view when extended!

After trying each pair; everyone was impressed with the small frame of the Vortex binoculars. They fit easily into my sailing bag, and added very little weight. Some of the older, heavier versions were more difficult to hold still and tiring to keep raised to the eyes for long periods of time.

, 3 Items to Keep In Your Sailing Bag

Anker Portable Solar Charger With Foldable Panel

Although there are usually cigarette lighter-type outlets on the larger sailboats I sail; they are located below at the navigation station.

If someone on board wishes to charge their cell phone, yet keep it handy for weather, navigation, or photography; something closer is needed.

Bill’s solution to this was to give me an Anker Portable Solar Charger With Foldable Panel. We already were familiar with Anker charging cables and their level of quality, so this was a natural choice.

The Anker Portable Solar Charger has three panels, is designed to be tied on top of a backpack or hung. It’s outdoor weather-resistant, and extremely lightweight and thin. My sailing bag has a padded envelope for a laptop; so the Anker Charger fits in it perfectly with lots of room to spare.

, 3 Items to Keep In Your Sailing Bag

Black Diamond Storm Headlamp

You know the saying, “One hand for the boat, one hand for you?” Well, this was Bill’s answer to my need to check engine oil, examine battery terminals, and locate bilge pump float switches in dark bilges on the boats; a Black Diamond Storm LED Headlamp.

Instead of a rechargeable variety, Bill chose one with actual batteries for me so I would not have to wait for it to charge if one set went dead.

The Black Diamond Storm has several lighting choices; solid, blinking, and can angle up or down in its housing. Bill especially liked the red, blue, and green LED’s – we use red for maintaining our night vision on the boats.

It’s waterproof, dustproof, and I can switch from bright to dimmer with a single tap no matter in which color mode I am operating.

, 3 Items to Keep In Your Sailing Bag

I’ve Got It In The Bag!

I chose an Osprey backpack in red so I can find it fast when everything falls on the cabin sole during fast and furious sailing.

  • RZ Mask – https://rzmask.com/
  • Stream2Sea Spray Hand Sanitizer – http://bit.ly/dwhS2Sea Use coupon code DeepWH for 10% off
  • Tervis hard travel thermos so it doesn’t get crushed – https://amzn.to/3ecOwns
  • Glasses Hard Case – https://amzn.to/3i0BDQ5
  • Sunglasses – https://amzn.to/3i4Psgg
  • Spare Sunglasses – https://amzn.to/3i4Psgg
  • Lip Balm – http://bit.ly/dwhS2Sea Use coupon code DeepWH for 10% off
  • Sunscreen in a teeny container – http://bit.ly/dwhS2Sea Use coupon code DeepWH for 10% off
  • Leave-In Conditioner – http://bit.ly/dwhS2Sea Use coupon code DeepWH for 10% off
  • Cash
  • Toothpick
  • Pen – Rite in the Rain pen – https://amzn.to/3eEMmxh
  • Sandpaper water – https://amzn.to/2CLwPxO
  • ASA Log Book Case – https://amzn.to/2Vnbv8g
  • Boater’s Federal Regulation Guide
  • Racing Course with Chart
  • Free Drink Coupons
  • Mineral Sunscreen – http://bit.ly/dwhS2Sea Use coupon code DeepWH for 10% off
  • Tinted Sunscreen – http://bit.ly/dwhS2Sea Use coupon code DeepWH for 10% off
  • Spray Hand Sanitizer – http://bit.ly/dwhS2Sea Use coupon code DeepWH for 10% off
  • Mask Defog – http://bit.ly/dwhS2Sea Use coupon code DeepWH for 10% off
  • Highlighter
  • Multi Tool Throwaway – https://amzn.to/2BDGSV3
  • Pens for signing log books
  • Improvised Tourniquet Windlass Pen from Crisis Medicine
  • Osprey revo backpack – https://amzn.to/2CIfS7j
  • Apple
  • Clif Bars White Chocolate Macadamia – https://amzn.to/2A6jUW7
  • Clif Bars Cool Chocolate Mint – https://amzn.to/3g5ENAm
  • Card Holder from Azurina – https://theazurinastore.com/
  • Toothpaste
  • Toothbrush
  • Deodorant
  • St. Augustine Race Week Neck Gaiter
  • Stream2Sea Neck Gaiters – three with designs – http://bit.ly/dwhS2Sea Use coupon code DeepWH for 10% off
  • Diva Cup – https://amzn.to/2CIfXrD
  • Wet Wipes
  • Ibuprofin
  • Will add Benadryl
  • Hair Ties
  • Leatherman – https://amzn.to/3g36sBP
  • White shirt – https://amzn.to/2BcmVVm
  • Visor
  • Rain Jacket Foul Weather Gear From West Marine in separate grab bag
  • Binoculars from Vortex – https://amzn.to/2A8ypcb
  • Red Protest Flag
  • Streamlight Tiny Flashlight – must be small enough to hold in your mouth – https://amzn.to/2ZhLok8 – this is the one that lands on the button so you don’t lose it in the dark when you drop it!
  • Columbia UPF shirt –
  • Anker Portable Solar Charger With Foldable Panel
  • Captain’s License
  • Plastic Bag
  • Walther RBL 800 Tactical LED Flashlight – https://amzn.to/31kj17z
  • Fork
  • Vanquest First Aid Pouch – https://amzn.to/382ETpu
  • Gerber Line Cutter – https://amzn.to/2VmXxU2
  • North American Rescue gloves size XL – https://www.narescue.com/
  • North American Rescue CAT tourniquet – https://www.narescue.com/
  • Gauze – https://www.narescue.com/
  • Wound Packing – https://www.narescue.com/
  • Elastic Bandage – https://www.narescue.com/
  • Whistle on Foul Weather Gear – https://amzn.to/31m5wnO
  • West Marine Foul Weather Gear – https://bit.ly/dwhWM3rdReefJkt
, 3 Items to Keep In Your Sailing Bag

Compact, Portable, Functional

Those are the requirements for anything to take up space in my sailing bag.

What could you add to your kit that would:

  1. Make your sailing more fun.
  2. Add a bit of safety to your boating.
  3. Function for more than one use.
  4. Be helpful to others on board.
, 3 Items to Keep In Your Sailing Bag

We Don’t Go Anywhere Without:

  • Stream2Sea Reef Safe SPF 20 or 30 mineral, regular or tinted sunscreen, mask defog, shampoo, conditioner, rash guards and more reef-safe supplies. Use my code “DeepWH” for 10% off. The packages are biodegradeable – not just recycled and recyclable.
  • MyMedic Individual Bleeding Control Kits, this link and my code “DeepWH15” will save you 15% on your purchase. We take ours everywhere.
  • North American Rescue CAT tourniquets. Use code “MAY25” for 20% off through midnight on 5/31/20. This is a huge savings!
  • Airbnb, “Kimberly gave you up to $55 off your first trip.”
  • Airbnb says, “Deep gave you up to $415 off your first adventure.
  • Uber gives you $2 off your first three rides.
  • Travelex is our trip insurer – click for a free quote.
  • Girls That Scuba – members discount card for all things diving.
  • REI Co-op for great sports equipment and travel clothes.
  • Sailo for $100 off your next boat rental! Discount Code: “KimWa1”
  • PierShare to rent your dock out or rent a dock.
  • BoatUS for your boat towing insurance! Code: “HEWAF88”
, 3 Items to Keep In Your Sailing Bag
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