There are some things you couldn't (or shouldn't) live without on a boat; life jackets, vhf radio, charts, etc., etc. But after nearly four months of this lifestyle, I've come to realize that there are a few very specific things that I definitely wouldn't want to live on a boat without.
My top five:
1. Baseball hat.
Absolutely necessary for the sun, the wind, and those times that you need to go out in public but you haven't washed your hair in several days. Forget about the cute straw hats that I brought, they blow away. The practicality of a baseball hat wins out.
2. Clorox wipes.
I've probably mentioned several times already that we have to step down on our kitchen counter to enter the cabin of the boat. I think about that a lot. And I clean it a lot. We are living in such a small space that it gets dirty again as soon as it's clean. We can't really keep a bunch of wet cleaning rags laying around, so I don't know where we'd be without Clorox wipes. Well, I probably would not still be living on this boat, come to think about it.
I never understood why people would want to use an ereader. But I have already read 25 books since we left, and there is no way I could have brought that many paperbacks with me on this boat. The best part? Most of them were downloaded absolutely free from the library!
Riley and I both held out on buying iPhones until last year before we left on this trip. Admittedly, I had wanted one long before, but I wasn't willing to pay for it and I couldn't justify the need for it anyway. We ended up buying them because it seemed to be the easiest and least expensive way for us to have internet access on the boat. Not only has it been useful in very important tasks such as checking the weather and publishing blog posts, but it's also been surprisingly comforting to connect with people via apps like instagram and twitter during a sometimes isolating experience.
One of the kitchen appliances that I knew that I was going to miss the most was my blender. I loved making smoothies for breakfast but our boat doesn't have enough power to support that kind of appliance, and our refrigeration system isn't cold enough to keep frozen food. Store bought smoothies are expensive and aren't quite the same as homemade, but they have become kind of a comfort food. Buying them in the larger size cuts down on the cost a little, although it is awfully heavy to carry back to the boat. They're worth their weight (ha!) though, especially since they last longer than fresh produce if we have to wait a bit between grocery trips.
And that's my list of five things I couldn't currently live without.