The Ultimate Packing List for a Sailing Holiday
There are many wonderful ways out there to spend your holidays, depending on what it is that you truly enjoy and that will make you feel relaxed. One of those exciting adventures is embarking on a sailing holiday. Things on the open sea can become a bit more unpredictable than time off being landlocked, so ensuring that you have everything you need is crucial for a smooth and enjoyable experience. To help you prepare for your exciting, nautical journey, we’ve compiled a practical list for you!
1. Nautical Attire
Ideally, you should be packing lightweight and quick-drying clothing that is suitable for the maritime environment you’ll be in. Include swimsuits, rash guards, and breathable shirts – but don’t forget that the weather on a sailing boat is vastly different from the temperatures you may feel on land, especially when, say, the wind picks up. Ideally, you will want to wear layers, that you can add to when it’s getting a bit chillier, and reduce if the sun is doing its utmost best. Additionally, non-slip, closed-toe deck shoes are a must. They provide the necessary grip and protect your feet during deck activities. An investment in quality waterproof gear, including a durable sailing jacket and pants, will keep you dry in case of any unexpected rain or sea spray.
And, of course, if your sailing holiday includes stops for snorkelling, pack your own gear. Mask, snorkel, and fins. Having your own equipment ensures a comfortable and hygienic experience. A wide-brimmed hat and sunglasses are a must, too!
2. Safety Equipment
If you are renting a sailing boat as part of a holiday package, these will come as a standard – but it is important to be familiar with them and to know, where on the boat they can be found. Always make sure that you have a properly fitted life jacket, a safety harness, and a tether. These items are essential for your safety on the open water. Additionally, always have a first aid kit on board, too. Basic medical supplies should be found in there, as well as seasickness medications and, of course, any prescription medications you may need. Consult with a professional for personalised advice.
It is also advisable to combine onboard equipment with an additional set of waterproof charts, a compass, multi-tools and a repair kit, and a handheld GPS device. Familiarise yourself with the navigation tools and charts, to properly enhance your sailing experience. If you’re unsure about things, employees of the rental service are always more than happy to go over things multiple times, if need be!
3. Various Amenities
Next to that, there are a couple of things that will just make your life on a sailing ship easier. If you choose biodegradable and eco-friendly toiletries, you’re minimising your environmental impact, too. Opt for reef-safe sunscreen and soap to protect the marine life around you, for example. Bring some dry bags, too, to keep your electronics, your important documents like passports, sailing licenses, and any required permits, as well as other valuables safe from water. A reusable, insulated water bottle can keep your drinks cool on a warm day at sea and can truly make a difference.
Lastly, bring things to keep yourself entertained. Bring a good book, playing cards, travel-sized games or similar for downtime on the boat. While the sea offers incomparable, breathtaking views, some entertainment can and will add to the overall experience. If you want to capture your memories, invest in a waterproof camera or a GoPro. After all, a great documentation of your journey allows you to relive the adventure afterwards and share it with others! Enjoy
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