Your first sailing trip is just around the corner and you absolutely do not know what to pack? Are you afraid of forgetting something important? Don’t worry, this is completely normal. For all those who have never been on a cruise, we have put together a few tips and tricks to make packing easier for life on board.
Packing list – sailing vacation
Simple and comfortable clothes
Of course, when choosing clothes, it depends on where and at what time of year you are traveling. In southern climes and in summer it is usually warm on a boat, but you shouldn’t forget that the wind can get fresh while sailing. A light, water-repellent windbreaker is therefore also recommended for a sailing trip in summer. In general, clothing on board (in summer) should be light and comfortable. You will likely spend most of the day in a bikini or swimming trunks, so pack a few more so you always have a dry pair ready. Since it can get cooler on the boat in the evening, a couple of long-sleeved T-shirts and possibly a warm sweater should not be missing in the luggage. Airy shirts or blouses protect against sun and wind. You should definitely plan for clothing that protects you from the sun – after all, on a boat you spend most of the time outside on deck, there is little shade there. Headgear is therefore an absolute must, as is good sunglasses that fit tightly (possibly with a strap). Since the water reflects the sun’s rays, you are particularly exposed to the sun’s rays on the boat.
Light and non-slip shoes
On a boat, you definitely need shoes that are good for walking on deck. They should be closed as much as possible, have light-colored soles and dry quickly. Simple cloth shoes, for example, are good. Flip flops are also practical on board and for going ashore.
Medicine and cosmetics
On a boat trip you are constantly in contact with water, so you can concentrate on the essentials with cosmetic products:
- Biodegradable shower gel and shampoo, so a T-shirt can be washed quickly.
- Sufficient sun cream with the highest possible sun protection factor (from 30), preferably with a light texture and fat-free. You should avoid sprays and sun oil, otherwise walking on deck can quickly turn into a slide
- Moisturizer / after-sun after a long day in the sun
- Mosquito repellent (especially in tropical areas)
- first aid kit; Usually most boats have a first aid kit on board, but it never hurts to be on the safe side
- First-aid kit: medicine for diarrhea, headaches and fever, etc. Be sure to take some medicine for travel sickness with you in case you get seasick.
- Good and easy reading: What could be nicer than lying relaxed on deck with a good book in hand, or in the evening in the bunk with a flashlight in your novel …
- Power bank or solar charger: e-book reader, camera, smartphone … All of these devices need electricity, which is not always available on a boat. If you want to be on the safe side and don’t want to do without your devices, pack a power bank or a travel solar panel.
- Dry Bags: Dry bags seal waterproof and can protect objects such as cameras, cell phones and clothing from water, for example when you swim on land. You can also use them to gather all of your dirty and wet clothes in one place and keep them away from the fresh ones.
- Refillable water bottle: It is important to drink enough on board. To avoid plastic, we recommend that you take a refillable water bottle with you. You can easily fill this up with the water canisters on board.
Backpack or sail bag?
Last but not least, the luggage. Suitcases are unsuitable on board. They are bulky and difficult to stow on a yacht. A backpack or a foldable bag are a lot easier to handle. Incidentally, laundry nets are super practical for organizing clothes, underwear and other utensils in the bag.
Insider tips – all-rounders on board
- A thin cloth / sarong can be used in many ways on a boat: dress / skirt, mattress, towel, headgear, carrier bag, changing aid, shade dispenser …
- Moist baby wipes are also real all-rounders on board: quick face or hand cleaning, wiping of objects and surfaces, rinsing (if there is a lack of water)
I hope I was able to help you with these tips, and that you can soon enjoy your trip and life on board!