What to Pack When Sailing

17th May 2017
must bring items to be packed

Organizing your packing list for a sailing trip is a great way to ensure that you don’t forget anything important. Besides clothes and personal items, you’ll need to make sure you pack some important sailing items and emergency essentials that would be a problem if they were missing.

Check the list of what your boat will come with, and then ensure that you remember to bring along:

  • Passport and licenses and copies of each. If you have prescription medication make sure it has all details on the bottle including your name. A under-the-shirt security pouch for documents is also a good idea to bring.
  • Soft-sided luggage like a backpack or duffle bag. Hard luggage is hard to fit in closets and cabinets
  • Sunblock. Oil-free is best if you’re reapplying a lot. Do not bring oil for tanning as it can stain the wood or fabric on the boat. Lip balm with SPF and insect repellent is also recommended. 
  • “Dry Bags” or ZipLock bags for money and electronics.
  • Travel size shampoo, soap, toothbrush, and toothpaste. Tweezers and nail clippers are also recommended. Seasickness pills or patches are perfect for those who get seasick and earplugs and eyeshades are great for light sleepers.
  • For clothing we recommend several t-shirts, a couple pairs of short and swimsuits, windbreaker or light rain coat, hat, and sunglasses. For shoes, a pair of street, boat, and water shoes are recommended. It’s best to go barefoot on the boat to keep it clean. If you want to wear shoes you can wear something with non-marking soles and good grip. Linens and towels are included, but you might want to pack a separate beach towel.
  • Favorite CDs. All boats have CD players and it’s more reliable than iPods and mp3 players.
  • Favorite herbs & spices (in a pill organizer or zip lock bags) to add zing to simple dishes.
  • Miscellaneous items include: matches, playing cards, flashlight, small bag for beach trips, and a small notebook or journal for writing notes about the trip!

Stuff you DO NOT need to bring:

  • Cooking and eating implements and utensils.
  • Navigation tools and charts.
  • First aid kit. All boats have them on board.
  • Ladies: First leave the expensive jewelry at home. Then, forget bringing a lot of makeup and a hair dryer.
  • Work from your office.
  • Most importantly, worries.

Just for fun:

  • Sailboats often fly flags to show where they have come from. If you have any flags that you would like to fly, from your country, state, university, favorite sports team, etc. feel free to bring them along! Hammocks and inflatable floats are fun too if it’s not a windy day!