A grab bag is an absolutely essential element of safety equipment. Grab bags are buoyant, waterproof bags which hold the equipment and survival aids you need in an emergency. The contents of your grab bag will make life more comfortable whilst you await rescue and will ensure that you are found as quickly as possible.
Your grab bag should be kept fully packed at all times. You should store it somewhere where it is quick and easy to grab if you are forced to abandon ship. This should also be somewhere with a moderate ambient temperature to prolong the life of the contents. Make sure that everyone on board knows what the grab bag is and where it is located.
Your emergency grab bag can be used to store a variety of equipment and survival aids. These may include a VHF radio, an EPIRB, a knife, flares, a signal mirror, a whistle, drinking water, a torch and your personal effects. The precise contents will depend on how far from a safe haven that you will be cruising and what supplies are packed with your life raft if you have one. For more advice on packing your grab bag please take a look at the Ultimate Grab Bag feature on our blog.
The items that feature in your grab bag will also be in part dictated by the size of the bag and what you are able to carry. It is vital that you only pack what you can easy lift and take with you. Our excellent grab bags from McMurdo and Pains Wessex have the generous capacity you need to pack everything that you need.