Have you ever found yourself wishing you would have taken the time to save yourself from uneccessary pain and frustration?

Sometimes it’s the smaller things that make life easier and it can make a world of difference.

I’m a person who likes to make life easier rather than to make it more difficult. So I’d like to share the 5 essentials items to bring for sun and water excursions so you can avoid making painful mistakes and enjoy yourself.

#1.  SlipIns Skin Suit – When in the water, the sun’s rays can still penetrate the surface and while you won’t feel it, it won’t get noticed till it’ too late when you discover a painful sunburn.

There are some very fun and fashionable skin suits on the market.  I love my SlipIns ‘Electric Eel’ designed skin suit made in Southern California. I wore it everytime I snorkeled in the Galapagos Islands. Not only did it keep me warm in cold water but while others struggled with their wetsuits, I had my wetsuit on and off in seconds.

This skin suit allows you to swim freely while protecting your body from the intense sunrays, especially in the water.

Skin suits make it easier to get in and out of wetsuits or can be used alone.

SlipIns also make sensational swim suits! Check it out!



#2. Waterproof Dry Bag 

Things can get wet on the water and a terrific way to keep your phone, camera, clothes, snacks and other personal items dry is to invest in a waterproof dry bag.

My dry bag kept my cameras, phone and personal items completely dry while riding in the pangas going from ship to shore and back again!

They come in a variety of sizes, pack easily into your suitcase and can come in handy for other adventures like kayaking, rafting, hiking or relaxing at the beach.

Helpful Hint: I would suggest NOT to buy a bright colored bag as I did. I found out the bright color attracts wasps and hornets. You’ll be better off with a darker, less ‘flowery’ color : )

#3.  Reef safe sunscreen 

Most people know, the combination of sun and water will you need to protect yourself from harmful sun rays.

Now days there are safer options on the market to choose from for sunscreen.

Instead of sunscreens loaded with chemicals which toxify the body, destroy marine life and pollute the water, choose to use a reef safe sunscreen.

Thank you to those responsible humans who choose reef safe sunscreens!

#4.  Hat and Sunglasses

Even on cloudy days you need to protect your eyes and your skin from harmful UV-rays.

A good pair of polarized sunglasses will protect your eyes from UV rays that can burn and cause inflammation to the cornea of the eye, even if your eyes aren’t sensitive to light. It’s worth spending a few extra dollars to filter out the harmful rays.

Along with polarized glasses, a much needed  item is a hat. Simple enough but absolutley essential. It protects not only the skin on your scalp, face, ears, and neck but also keeps the body cooler with the shade it provides. There are many great stylish options to choose from and they can easily be folded and packed without being damaged. If you’re on fast moving boat or it’s windy be sure to use one that fits securely with ties.




#5.  Motion Sickness Products

I was seasick for the first time ever on my trip to swim with whale sharks and it was beyond awful to be on a boat for six hours with very little relief.

I took Bonine before we set out but what I hadn’t realized is I had travelled all day the day prior and had very little sleep and I ate a very acidic breakfast –  this is a recipe for disaster.

I suggest avoiding coffee and orange juice before getting on a boat  ; )

The rule of thumb is to bring a little more than you think you’ll need because there’s always someone else that may need it.

I prefer to take Bonine rather than Dramamine which makes you drowsy.


Motion sickness patches and wrist bands are also effective.


Ginger candies or ginger ale help to ease stomach discomfort too but won’t prevent sea sickness.




Thank you for taking the time to visit my site.

Your support is appreciated.

Collaborate with me

Subscribe to my Nancy Seagal YouTube Channel 

Follow along on Instagram and Facebook


Warm regards,

Nancy Seagal

Some of the sections of this site will allow you to purchase different products and services online provided by other merchants, and not us. Some of the links that we post on our site are “affiliate links.” This means if you click on the link and purchase the item, we will receive an affiliate commission.*
We are not responsible for the quality, accuracy, timeliness, reliability or any other aspect of these products and services. In addition, a merchant will likely have privacy and data collection practices that are different from ours. If you make a purchase from a merchant on their site or on a site that we have posted a link to, the information obtained during your visit to that merchant’s online store or site, and the information that you give as part of the transaction, such as your name, e-mail address, street address, telephone number, and credit card number, may be collected the merchant and us. For more information regarding a merchant, its online store, its privacy policies, and/or any additional terms and conditions that may apply, visit that merchant’s website and click on its information links or contact the merchant directly.
We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
*Disclosed in accordance with the Federal Trade Commission’s 16 CFR, Part 255: “Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.”