Lotions And Potions: Eight Medicine Cabinet Essentials For Your Boat

Depending on the size of your vessel, you may or may not have an elegant medicine cabinet (or six) to stash some essential sundries for you and your guests this season on your adventures. Our quick list of favorites, however, can easily fit into any beach or boat bag that you stash in between the seats of your aluminum 12 footer (or rowboat.) Here are a few items worth compiling to ensure you’ll have everything you need to enjoy your day out on the water fully.

1. Sun Bum Tanning Oils For A Bronzed Complexion

This reef-friendly sunscreen line of lotions and oils was started in 2010 and is entirely oxybenzone and octinoxate free. Their moisturizing sunscreen formula will protect your skin from harmful UVA/UVB rays while enriching it with Vitamin E. This antioxidant helps to neutralize free radicals, which are thought to be one of the leading causes of premature skin ageing. Their Broad-Spectrum SPF 15 Tanning Oil uses a blend of rich argan, coconut, and avocado oils to nourish your skin while keeping you protected from the elements. Both the coral reefs and marine life are safer from the harmful chemicals found in most traditional sunscreens.

2. ThinkSport SPF 50 Natural Zinc Sunscreen

For those of you fair-skinned folk seeking hardcore skin protection (as in, you burn with SPF 30), then Thinksport Natual Zinc is the environmentally friendly solution for you. It was the first sunscreen to pass Whole Foods Premium Care requirements and has received a tremendous amount of awards in its category.

It is free of biologically harmful chemicals like avobenzone, oxybenzone, paraben, phthalates, PABA, 1,4 dioxane, and UV chemical absorbers. Yet extremely effective at blocking those harmful rays. It also has the absolute highest level of water resistance, according to FDA guidelines – 80 minutes. Think about all the surfing you could do without even having to reapply! Thinksport products are also completely free of known reef damaging chemicals and highly biodegradable.

3. Unrefined Coconut Oil For Moisturizing

Perhaps you already have a jar of this stashed somewhere in your kitchen cupboard, but it also makes for the perfect after-sun treatment for hair, skin, nails, and just about anything else that needs moisturizing. You can use it as a rinse-out conditioner for your dried out locks, and as a skin-quenching after-shower treatment for sunburned skin. Depending on your skin type, it can work wonders for the face and lips as well, especially after a long day at sea exposed to the harsh winds, salt, and sun rays. A simple (not to mention cheap) jar of this stuff will be the star for your onboard potions collection, plus it smells delicious!

4. Repel Eucalyptus Bug Repellent

It’s hard to imagine that a bug repellent that smells like a day spa could be useful – but it’s true. This plant-based spray’s active ingredient – oil derived from the leaves of a lemon eucalyptus plant — is a natural bug repellent. This fresh-scented spritz will protect you from mosquitoes, gnats, and ticks for up for six hours. Perfect for those nights when you’ve decided (either willingly or because you’ve run out of options) to anchor out in the middle of a marsh or swamp preserve. That gloriously quiet sunset will look a whole lot better while you’re not getting eaten alive – and this powerful yet natural formula is just as potent as products containing 25% DEET.

5. Rosebud Salve For Luscious Lips

This little miracle aluminum tin jar is so much more than a lip balm. While it’ll soothe even the driest sailor’s chapped lips, it’s also great for nails and cuticles, dry hands, or even as a little eyebrow gel for those onboard photo ops (or more realistically – to keep the sweat out of your eyes as you tinker in the engine room while your crew waits in a panic.) If you prefer your balm in traditional chapstick form, Rosebud can more than accommodate – and with a natural assortment of grown-up flavors like rose mint and eucalyptus. You’ll want to stock up on these as they’re more often than not “stolen” by onboard guests.

6. Neosporin For Wound Care

While we all hope that accidents never happen, we all know that is of course not the case – especially while navigating out on the water. A small first aid kit is always a good idea to have (watch the expiration dates on these – those band-aids can lose their stick), and if it doesn’t already include an antibiotic ointment, it’s worthwhile to include so you have it just in case.

7. Dramamine For Seasickness

Not all your guests will know their limits with regards to seaworthiness and motion sickness. One might liken it to a tolerance of spicy foods – it’s all relative. One man’s “flat” sea is another man’s atomic hotwing – you never really know. That’s why it’s best to have some Dramamine on board at all times because just like the ocean and weather, sea legs are very unpredictable.

8. Use A Hand Sanitizer With Pump

While there’s an argument that pump-style dispensers aren’t ideal because they are hard to use once the bottle grows empty, a pump style hand sanitizer is your best bet aboard your boat. It’s not only easier for sharing, but it’s also faster when you’re in a hurry, and your hands are filthy from tinkering with the water pump. In this new COVID era, it’s probably a good idea to have some sanitizer minis and plenty of extra hand soap as well, to be on the safe side.

Written by: Laila Elise

Laila Elise is a former fashion model, writer, actress and entrepreneur, with an affinity for a life on the water. She has a Masters in Finance and a Bachelor's in Business Education, and has traveled extensively around the world working with top agencies and designers. She writes regularly about her passion for the sea on her blog: www.theboatingbabe.com

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