It’s that time of year again, when Utah families are breaking out the wakeboards and sunscreen for another summer at the Lake. Here at Robert Debry, we are committed to safety in everything that we do, and that means planning for a summer free of boating accidents. To help you prepare, here’s a simple boating checklist of everything you need for a safe day at the Lake.
- Check to make sure your boat registration is current.
- Bring along a waterproof camera, or plenty of protection for your regular DSLR!
- Although service is sometimes limited on the lake, you should still bring along a working cell phone with plenty of battery life.
- Bring along a change of clothes, especially if there’s rainy weather on the forecast!
- You’ll want to invest in an airtight cooler stocked with snacks and drinks. You’d be surprised how hungry a crew can get after a day of play!
- A hefty, well-stocked first aid kit is an absolute essential. In case of any accident, you’ll want to be prepared with gauze, scissors, latex gloves, bandages, pain killers, and tweezers.
- If you’ll be fishing, check to make sure that your fishing license is up to date and that you’re following all of the proper state regulations.
- Another great tip for fishing is to keep hand sanitizer or disinfecting wipes on your boat- that way everyone stays clean!
- Insect repellent will quickly become your best friend! Be sure to bring along an extra bottle.
- You’ll want to protect your lips against the elements— bring along some chapstick, preferably one with intense hydration and SPF.
- In Utah, life jackets are an absolute must! You should have a personal flotation device for each passenger aboard. Play attorney for the day and read a little into lifejacket laws before you go.
- Your trustiest fashion accessory: a good pair of sunglasses.
- You’re going to need towels! Pack them in plastic bags or waterproof casing to keep them protected.
- Hydration, hydration, hydration. You really can’t overdo it when you’re packing for a day at the lake! Bring plenty of water, plus gatorade or some salty snacks to seal in the H2O. Remember that your safety is your first priority!
Any other questions about safe boating practices? Let us know in the comments below!