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Three small additions:
A "Croakies" or other strap to retain your glasses, or sunglasses, if you wear them. If things get busy and a sail or line whips your face, your glasses are gone without it.
Chapstick with sunblock, regardless of weather.
And, a pair of sailing gloves. Before you look at the "sailing" gloves, see if a hardware store has a pair of yellow Kevlar knit gloves in your size. They are used for handling broken glass and trash. Cut-proof, wear like iron, and you can let a line slip through them with total control--because they don't chafe. they used to be available as sailing gloves, but seem to have gone off the US market.
If you are using an inflateable PFD? TEST IT. Blow it up with the oral tube (or better, a vacuum cleaner or air pump) and let it set overnight, to make sure there are no leaks, not even slow ones. That's part of routine inspection once you own one. If you blow it up, you get bacteria and moisture in it, so there are reasons not to orally inflate it, or at least, do so infrequently.
Last edited by hellosailor; 03-17-2010 at 06:50 PM.