All items listed here are things we use daily on our boats, in our travels or at work (we work in a marine environment.) When we moved aboard our first boat we were told that we would need all new clothes and gear to go boating and traveling. There hasn’t been much that hasn’t worked well in both of our lives but the items below are a bit more travel and boating specific.
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When we want to make a lot of coffee and keep it warm for a while we use our all stainless-steel french press. We’ve had it for years and it has held up great. Makes great coffee, is double-walled for insulation, and best of all, has no glass to break. I keep it handy in the basket left of the stove.
I can’t say enough times how much I love my Kindle. No need to carry bulky books we have no space for and I can read in bed in the dark. And this new one is waterproof! And the best part is, I never pay for books since I can get them from my library. Check our how to get free library books for your Kindle.
We use these for everything! To hold tools while doing projects, small batches of laundry, cleaning fish, shoe tub, rinsing snorkel gear, temporary aquarium, etc…. We have several and when not in use they stack neatly while the top one can still be used for storage.
This thing is a life-changer. I love how small it is yet I can use it like a regular upright. And I can use it at anchor when we don’t have 110v power. And all those cabinets with the louver doors? Easy to clean now! The only complaint I have is that the charge doesn’t last long enough.I have the 20 minute model but I should have bought the 40 minute model.
I wanted a galley rug that would not slide around and be easy to clean. With the fridge and most cabinets below the counter I seem to spend a lot of time on my knees in the galley. The mat is thick and cushy and really saves my knees. Before I had it I was developing bruises on my knees! We have another one in the engine room, since that is another place where we spend a lot of time on our knees.
I really don’t like sitting on those quad chairs that fold into a tube-shaped bag. Sure they are easy to store, but they are so uncomfortable – you sit all hunched over and can’t lean back. These chairs fold flat, so they are still easy to store, but they are also super comfy and you can lean back in them. Not too low to the ground like a beach chair either. But be careful when you have a campfire – the mesh melts easily when an amber lands on it. Here we are on the bow of the Alaska ferry on our trip north.
There is no such thing as a dry dinghy ride! This backpack keeps our stuff DRY. We have the large blue one and it fits a ton of food or gear. Most dry bags don’t have comfortable straps, so when you are hauling a lot of groceries back to the boat it can get uncomfortable fast. This is a real backpack with padded straps.
We use it to transport all of our gear in the dinghy – sandy towels, snorkel gear, etc. Easy to rinse the sand off the bottom and keeps things from sliding all over the dinghy floor.
Great for chilly and damp nights in the cockpit. The outside can get wet, yet the inside stays dry. When we are camping I fold it and line my chair with it to keep warm. Works better than this towel.
If I need a hook I add it, if it’s in the wrong place, I move it. Simple, strong and no holes in the boat. I found that you need to wait a few hours before hanging really heavy items. I like the ones with the metal finish for locations like my galley.
I use these with my vacuum (my Dyson cordless!) No need to buy the hand-pump. The Dyson is so strong it sucks the air right out. Also works great for storing non-food items you want to keep fresh.
I use this to secure decorative items. Sticks well and doesn’t leave any residue when you want to remove it. It’s not for things that hang on the wall but rather items that are standing up and you want to stop them from sliding around – such as this vase of flowers. Also note how I stop my wine glasses from breaking with a rubberband.
Kind of expensive but much better material than those black solar shower bags and no need to find a place to hang it – just use the foot-pump. And it packs down tiny to boot.
We use this in the car to power the laptop or for gear we only have a 110V charger for. Also used it on our smaller boats where we didn’t have a full sized inverter. Be sure to check the wattage needed by your laptop before buying.
These are from Ikea but can be purchased through Amazon as well. They recharge during the day and turn on by themselves after the sun goes down. And since they are LED, one charge lasts all night. We use them on the boat and in the minivan camper, where ever we need a little extra mood-lighting.
They are a bit pricey but after loosing a few clothes overboard due to cheap clothes pins I feel they are well worth it! Super-grippy! One single pin easily holds a towel in a blow. Much cheaper from K-Mart, Fred Meyer’s or Walmart!
Want to be able to sleep well at anchor? Get a handheld GPS! It has an anchor alarm and draws a track of your location all night long. Who wants to get out of bed every time the chart plotter alarm goes off? After a scare with a dragging anchor we got smart. You don’t need an expensive unit, just one that can draw a track.
We use this umbrella everywhere. On the beach, on the boat, in the dinghy. To keep sun at bay and even to keep us dry. It has a screw at the bottom so it easily screws into the sand and stays put. The trade winds don’t knock this thing over. Tip: I paid a lot less at Costco.
We have two of these in the car. One for each of us. When we are camping in the mini van it’s like having a night stand and space for your clothes. And we also use them when we are not camping for hats, gloves, towels, etc. Our car is always ready for an adventure.