The first advice we can give is to pack light! Trust us, you don’t need a lot of things while sailing. The cabins on boats offer a limited amount of space so it makes no sense in clogging them up with too much things. we also advice not to take hard suitcases. in the end they will just take the space and be in the way all the time. it’s much better to take soft bags which can be folded and put away.
Everyone expects all sun and nice weather when planning a holiday. But even in high summer it can rain and get fresh in the evenings. We recommend that you also take a light wind and waterproof jacket along. You might not need it, but if you do and don’t have one, it will ruin your day. Being all wet in the wind makes no fun. Take a pair of sneakers or sailing shoes. Wear closed shoes that protect your toes at least while manoeuvring in and out of ports. The deck is full of hard obstacles and it’s very painful when you hit your toes against them. It can even lead to broken toes. And that will ruin your holidays for sure. A sun hat or baseball cap is also something that comes in handy. During the summer the sun is very strong. being all day long in the sun can lead to sunstroke. It’s better to put a hat or cap on than end your day feeling bad.
Toiletries and medication
Sun lotion is a must. With a SPF 30 at least. Even when it’s cloudy your skin gets a portion of UV rays and you can get heavy sun burn. So, don’t forget to put on your sun screen. A calming after sun lotion is recommended as well. You will need something to calm your skin down after a long day in the sun and sea. We will not lose much words about deodorants, shampoos, and shower gels. Regarding the fact that the boat is a relatively tight space you share with other people, personal hygiene is a definite must. Baby wipes can also come in handy as well as wet toilette paper. But please never dispose them into the boat toilette. This will clog it up. And unclogging a boat toilette is expensive.
Aldo we all dream of a calm sail, nature can be rough and tough. Even the most experienced sailors get seasick so it’s recommendable to have something against motion sickness at hand. There is a wide variety of natural products based on ginger. For a mild case of sea sickness, they are fine. But if you want to be sure, Dramamine or something similar is the answer.
All boats have a first aid kit on board, but to be 100% sure you have them if you need them take a pack of waterproof band-aids.
Don't forget to bring your passport, as well as a copy of your passport to keep in a separate place in case your original is lost, and your charter package paperwork. If you travel to places which need extra permits/Visa, don't forget to bring those with you! When it comes to documents – always check, check and triple check to make sure you don't start your sailing trip without them!
During the day while sailing there is usually no 220V power on board but 12V. If you need to charge your camera, tablet or phone bring a 12V lighter plug adapter. Every boat has at least one of these 12V plugs on board. A fully charged power bank can also come in handy.
If you have chargers using 110V plugs, you want to take the 220V plug adapter or else you’ll end up with drained batteries very soon.
Ear plugs and an eye mask are also useful if you don’t want to be woken up by light through the porthole, engine sounds or snoring neighbours.
All boats have a good stereo system on board so take your favourite music along.