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Your Perfect Sailing Holiday Checklist

Packing for a sailing holiday can be tricky at times – you want to have the best holiday and not leave anything forgotten, but you definitely don’t want to over pack. You will probably not need as much as you think, so a different approach to packing is definitely required. Here is a handy little checklist of the essentials that will make your experience a whole lot easier.


  • Shoes – A pair of flip flops or sandals is essential for land based trips, and unless you plan on doing long walks, that’s about all you will need. Shoes are generally not worn onboard as they can damage the boat decks.
  • Swimming shorts / bikini / bathing suit
  • Shorts and tshirts and dresses – Just one or 2 as you will be spending most of your time in your swimmers.
  • A sun cover-up – Be it a sarong or a light long sleeved top, you will need this after a long day in the sunshine.
  • A cap or hat
  • A light jacket or windbreaker for those windier days and to wear whilst sailing.
  • Underwear
  • Sunglasses – Protect those eyes! Something to prevent them falling off will be handy too.
  • One slightly smarter outfit just in case you decide to venture into a more formal restaurant.


  • Waterproof sunscreen – A high factor as the reflection from the water can be surprisingly strong.
  • Toiletries – If possible decant these into small travel sized bottle to keep your baggage light.
  • Medication / sea sickness pills – Bring scripts and original packaging to present at customs should you need to.
  • Travel laundry soap – To hand wash your clothing. it will make them go further. Don’t forget to bring some pegs too to hang your washing outside.
  • Baby powder – to sprinkle on you and your sheets to get rid of the saltiness and to freshen up.


  • A soft suitcase or duffel bag – Space onboard yachts is limited, so something that can be folded into smaller spaces is key.
  • Snorkelling gear – Most marina bases have this available, but it is worth bringing your own as sizes are generally limited, especially for kids.
  • Towels – Beach towels are often not provided onboard. Also a small super-absorbent shammy towel from Cape Union Mart will go handy in keeping you dry and will take up minimal space.
  • Music – For when you feel like getting into the vibe! Don’t forget to bring the necessary leads and adaptors.
  • Waterproof document holder – for all of the vitals, such as passports that absolutely cannot get wet.
  • Camera – Your memory maker. If you have a fancy camera don’t forget to bring along waterproof case. Even a disposable waterproof camera will be great for capturing those special moments and is fun for kids.
  • Cash – many bases don’t accept credit cards when paying for extras, and you don’t want to be caught at the end of a meal on land, with a card that doesn’t work!
  • Ziploc bags – you’ll be surprised by how handy these will be.

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