Cruising with Kids-Top things you can't live without?
We're in the planning stages of cruising with the girls ages 6 and 4. This will be our first time with family. Originally it was going to be to Spain, now due to complications, I think we'll stick from the Great Lakes to the Intracoastal Waterways. Keeping open to ship the boat to the Med or travel to the West Indies when we get to Florida and beyond. Flexibility is #1 thing we can't live without.
From a family cruisers perspective, please reply with a list of things you brought with you that make time sail smoothly and frankly, that you can't live without. A list of things to leave behind will be great as well.
A sense of humor is very necessary with children either ashore or at sea.
Child size safety equipment.
Assorted toys & games that they really enjoy... Don't carry anything that they don't want to play with. And keep those to a minimum if you can get away with it...
Lots of reading materials for them.
The top of the line First Aid Kit. Along with the training necessary for it.
First Aid training for Sea-Going personnel is much more intense than the basic Red Cross First Aid training course. It is more on par with EMT's skills.
The appropriate clothing for the weather you know that you will encounter in your voyages. But keep it basic as much as possible.
Did I mention Child size safety equipment?? Be sure that their lifejackets & harnesses are comfortable for them to wear. and when they are in the cockpit or on deck, always hooked up to a jack stay line.
Netting along the lifelines. To make it harder for people to go over the side when at sea.
Look into home schooling. So they may keep up with their peers in education. Calvert(?) has good courses for children voyaging with their parents.
I'm sure that there are other items that I have missed but some one else may have a better input on this subject.
I will try and write some stuff up for you before too long. I am finishing up an article right now. I have a bunch of stuff and ideas. You might also chekc in some of the old threads. I think I did some pretty extensive write-ups on this in the past... but it could be many months. If we cannot find it, I will try and get some more stuff out to you.
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