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Essential Sailing Packing Checklist

Essential Sailing Packing Checklist

When you are deciding on a sailing packing list, the temptation to take half the contents of your home is often overwhelming. That is to say, taking less equipment, clothing and accessories is a way to cut down the amount of clutter on board a sailing charter and give you much less to think about at the same time.

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With that being said, here is a packing list for sailing and the most useful items which you should definitely consider taking on board:

The Essential Sailing Packing List

We assume that you will not forget the passport or bank cards but make sure to take some plastic or protective covering to ensure they don’t get wet. Similarly, take some emergency cash and hide this separately in your wallet or purse.

Clothing for a Sailing Trip

Naturally, this will differ for every individual and more specifically, for both men and women.

  • Sailing Clothes for Women – Ideally, tank tops, shorts, and dresses are suitable for sailing but keep in mind that you are likely to be wearing a swimming costume the entire time. Regarding numbers, two of each should suffice.
  • Sailing Clothes for Men – On the other hand, men are likely to feel comfortable in shorts and t-shirt, and three of each is a good place to start.
  • Swimwear – Naturally, men will want to ensure these shorts are suitable for swimming or take some dedicated swimwear. On the other hand, ladies can take several pairs of swimwear.
  • Shoes – Please don’t forget that rubber soles are essential on a sailing boat to avoid leaving marks on the deck. At the same time, these also provide the grip you will need and reduce the risk of slipping on wet surfaces.
  • Windbreaker – Many sailors forget this important item, but a lightweight jacket is perfect to break the oncoming winds. Even a light cardigan is useful or a pashmina for when the weather is slightly cold.
  • Sunglasses – You cannot go sailing without proper sunglasses and not only do they save you from squinting endlessly on deck but they also shield your eyes from the wind.
  • Pants or Leggings – Again, you should expect every kind of weather and long pants are ideal for cooler weather. Similarly, ladies might want to pack some leggings.
  • Sarong – These are excellent for shielding from both the sun and wind but at the same time, you can use a sarong as a makeshift towel or light blanket to sit down on.
  • Sun Hat – Wide-brimmed hats are always appreciated on board a yacht charter, but every individual will have a different preference when it comes to hats. Most importantly, you should just remember to take one.


  • Sunscreen – Protection from the sun is essential in warm climates and never is this truer than on a yacht charter. After all, you will be exposed to the sun for long periods. Another worthwhile item to pack in this regard is SPF lip balm.
  • Toiletries – Invest in a small toiletry bag and pack all the basics for your trip. This can save you a lot of money on location as it is likely you will find cheaper items at home. Pack shampoo, conditioner, soap, toothpaste and deodorant.
  • Towel – While the yacht may have a towel on board, you should consider packing a microfiber towel. They require very little space and always come in handy.
  • Insect Repellant – A lot of mosquitos will surround the yacht when you stop, so the insect repellent is a must.
  • First Aid Kit
  • Earplugs – Life on board a yacht is noise and especially when you are trying to get some sleep. Earplugs will save them today in every instance.
  • Camera – GoPro cameras are often preferred on board, for they come with a range of accessories including waterproof housing. However, there should be somewhere safe to keeping something bigger so don’t be afraid to take an alternative.
  • Powerbanks – Yes, you should have power on board, but power banks are great for when this fails for whatever reason.

As you know, this is merely a list of the basics, and there are many more items on a sailing packing list which can come in handy. However, the point of making a list is not just to remember what to take but also to establish what you can live without on board the yacht.

After all, you need to carry these items, and they often take up space without ever even using them.

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