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Must-have items for a perfect sailing holiday

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Proper preparation is key to enjoying a stress-free sailing holiday, ensuring you're ready for almost anything. One of the most important topics is selecting the right boat clothing and essentials, suitable for any activity or climate condition. The boat will be your home and mode of transport for an extended period, so it's essential to have everything you need.

This article will explore the must-have items that every beginner and experienced sailor should pack before choosing a boat rental and setting sail for a new and exciting adventure. 

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Packing light

Contrary to popular belief, boats have plenty of storage space, though it's divided into small compartments in various areas like cabins and the galley. Therefore, bringing a large, heavy suitcase is highly inconvenient, as there's no space to store it. Instead, pack your items in a handy, soft bag, which can be easily stored and folded when empty.

A 30 to 40-litre backpack is more than enough to carry what you need. Remember, you'll spend most of your time on the boat in a swimsuit. This size is also ideal for carry-on luggage, avoiding extra costs for your flight. Shoulder bags are another good alternative, as they allow you to move faster and easier along jetties.

We also recommend using packing cubes to categorize your clothes and keep your cabin tidy.

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Sailing essentials

Besides your favourite swimsuits, don't forget to bring items that will help you endure the sun all day. Essential items include a hat, colourful t-shirts, sarongs, and sunglasses with straps to keep track of them. Sunscreen is your best ally; bring enough for yourself and your crew, tailored to your skin type, to safely enjoy extended sun exposure.

For more ideas on sailing essentials, check out our related article!

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Staying Warm on a Boat 

Nights on a boat can be surprisingly chilly. A sweater or fleece jacket is helpful during abrupt weather changes or to combat humidity. Dressing in layers and carrying windproof clothing will prepare you for any unpredictable situations.

We also recommend bringing long-sleeved shirts and long pants.

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Best Shoes for the Boat

You'll find yourself walking barefoot most of the time on a boat. However, light boat shoes are preferable during moments like mooring or anchoring, as they protect your feet and provide a better grip on a wet deck.

Carry a pair of white shoes to avoid marking the boat floor and another pair of comfortable shoes for walking ashore. Don't forget flip-flops for swimming and showering!

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A few more items 

A sailing holiday offers the chance to create amazing memories. Here are some items to enhance your experience:

  • Headlamp: Useful for illuminating dark moments on the boat or ashore, especially if you moor in remote spots away from city lights.
  • Light sleeping bag: Perfect for sleeping under a starry sky. Nights at sea can be chilly and humid, and a light sleeping bag helps you sleep comfortably.
  • Books: A good book is ideal for relaxing and enjoying the tranquillity of the sea. Check out our list of top books to bring on vacation.
  • Headphones and speaker: Every holiday needs a soundtrack. Bring headphones for personal enjoyment or a speaker to share music with your crew.
  • Casual chic clothes: While you'll mostly wear swimsuits, a nice dress or a good pair of trousers and a shirt are great for evenings at a town restaurant or a night out with friends.

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These tips and tricks will help you enjoy the perfect sailing holiday. Adjust our advice according to the departure season, location, and weather forecasts to ensure a smooth and enjoyable experience.


 

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