My short list is duct tape, spare pieces of rope and light line, WD-40® or similar, a sharp knife, drinking water, a basic first aid kit, a survival blanket, a simple tool kit or a multi-tool, and lifejackets for everyone aboard. I’d take these things even in a canoe or kayak. If there’s cell phone coverage, add a mobile phone, and if there’s VHF coverage I’d add a small waterproof VHF/DSC radio. Of course, also check the Coast Guard’s list of required equipment for the type and size of the boat. Please share your basic list.
Priscilla Travis spends more than 110 days each year on the water, takes photos, and writes about nautical topics.