While a week-long holiday spent sailing through the Mediterranean may evoke images of elegant, well-dressed icons like John and Jackie Kennedy or Gianni Agnelli, here at Sailogy we always tell our customers to keep in mind one very simple rule when packing: less is more. Storage on a sailboat is always very limited, and there's nothing worse than being the one passenger whose overpacked bag is taking up too much room.
Because you're going to be spending most of your days wearing little more than a bathing suit, you really don't need to bring a whole lot of clothing or accessories. Yes, of course, you'll want to look great in all the photos you take, but one of the best parts of taking a sailing vacation is just how laid-back it is. Even those who are eager to eat, drink and experience the nightlife in some of the Mediterranean's more posh destinations and exclusive islands, will find the atmosphere to be decidedly more laid-back than their urban counterparts. In short: leave your ties and high heels at home!
So keeping in mind the two main rules-- less is more and take it easy-- here's a short but pretty complete list of clothing essentials for a week-long sailing trip.
Swimsuits: whichever style you prefer, you'll be spending most of your days in a bathing suit. We recommend taking 2-3, so you can change out of them when wet.
Boat shoes: typcially speaking, boat shoes are those with a rubber sole (preferably white, so as not to mark up the deck) and a good grip to them, to prevent slipping. They can be used offboard as well, for walking around town.
Flip flops: along with your swimsuit, you'll probably be spending most of your day in flip-flops. We recommend the rubber kind, like Havaianas, so you won't mind if they get wet.
Sun hat / summer scarf: Of course you'll want to get a tan, but the sun reflects off the water and we recommend a hat with a brim for the brightest hours. And a long, lightweight scarf can cover up sunburned shoulders during the day, or help ward off sore throats during windy evenings.