What to Pack for a Sailing Holiday


What to Pack for a Sailing Holiday

If you are heading off on a luxury yacht sailing trip, then it is time to start thinking about what to pack for your getaway. We are all aware of the basics: floaty dresses, flip flops, light shirts, sun hats and sun cream, but there are a few other things worth knowing about that you should pack. Below we list just a few extra items to add to your list to ensure that you are ready for your trip of a lifetime.

What To Pack for a Sailing Holiday

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Soft-sided luggage

Avoid hard suitcases as they can be difficult to pack into your cabin and luggage space. Instead, opt for soft-sided luggage (such as a duffle bag) which is easy to fit into smaller spaces and can be folded up and stored away once you have unpacked. Hard luggage can also cause damage to decks, so bringing a soft form of luggage will help to avoid this.

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Deck shoes

Both decks and cockpits can be slippery, so investing in a good pair of deck shoes is a great idea to avoid any slips or trips. Deck shoes are designed to wear on a boat; they have special non-marking soles as well as extra grip on the bottom, making them suitable to wear on wet decks. Deck shoes are highly durable and are perfect for both wearing both on and off the yacht - so get them packed

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Light waterproof jacket

You may be planning for glorious weather, but there is no harm in packing a lightweight waterproof jacket. If it does happen to rain during your trip, you want to be prepared. Taking a lightweight waterproof jacket won’t take up too much space in your cabin and it will also keep you warm on misty or chilly evenings.

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Don’t forget to pack your passport and licenses as well as shampoos, shower gels and toothpaste. A power bank is a great idea to ensure that your phone is charged at all times. Don’t forget towels, dry bags, insect repellent and some evening wear too. Sea sickness medication is also handy to have on board just in case.

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Fun items

Now that all the serious stuff is out of the way, make some room for the fun items. Pack a deck of playing cards for some entertainment. Compile your favourite summer playlist to blast out on a hot sunny day at sea. Investing in a waterproof phone case can be a great idea to make sure you get the best pictures. Don’t forget to bring a travel journal - you’ll want to remember this trip forever, and there is nothing better than writing on a boat next to the glistening sea. There’s also no harm in packing a bottle of gin (or two!) for those relaxing evenings under the stars.

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What not to pack

You do not need to bring any cooking utensils as these will be provided on board. First aid kits, nautical charts, bedding, speakers and any yacht equipment will also be provided.

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