I'm working on a story about the things we take along on marathon swims, and I'm curious to know what's in your box of gear as you board the boat? What's the most unusual, superstitious, remarkable, or otherwise vital piece of equipment you tote along for a marathon swim? Is there an item that you simply cannot fathom doing a swim without? For me, it's Mr. Bear and lots of zinc oxide.
Stop me if you've heard this one... A grasshopper walks into a bar...