If you’ve booked a yacht charter, the next step is to think about what to take with you. Packing for your first sailing trip is an exciting time. But, it can come with overwhelm, as the time to leave draws near.
What should you pack? Will the weather get cool or stay hot? Do I buy new deck shoes or opt for old trainers? Don’t panic just yet! This article is going to cover the sailing holiday essentials, giving you a list to tick off so you don’t forget anything. Alongside clothes, here’s what you need to pack for a sailing trip of a lifetime.
Boat decking is wet a lot of the time while sailing. Investing in a pair of quality deck shoes to prevent slips is essential. Deck shoes are made specifically to wear on a boat and come with extra grip and non-marking soles. Made from a soft leather, they’re extremely durable, comfortable and ideal to wear on the boat and off, when you plan an excursion ashore.
Another essential to pack for your first yacht charter is swimwear. Pack a couple of bikinis, swim suits or board shorts so you can wear one while the other is drying. It’s likely you’ll be jumping in the water for a swim every day and trying your hand at watersports!
Soft-sided luggage is perfect to take on a yacht, because it can be packed away, taking up little space. Hard suitcases are bulky and will take up much needed room in a small cabin. They can also cause damage to decking, which won’t go down well with the captain!
Protect your phone by bringing a quality transparent waterproof case. While you won’t want to be on the phone all the time and miss the views, it’s essential to keep in touch and needs to be protected from the ocean spray.
On your first yacht charter, you’ll likely be out in the sun for many hours of the day. Sunglasses with a high UV protection are needed, so you can see where you’re going. Get a lightweight fabric strap also, to ensure you never lose them.
Don’t forget to pack essentials such as medication, shampoo, shower gel, toothpaste and sea sick medication, just in case. Other items not to forget include a phone charger, beach towels, a dry bag, insect repellant and sun cream.
Sailing around Thailand, Malaysia, Burma, Indonesia and the Andaman normally comes with glorious sunshine. However, weather is unpredictable and if your trip runs into the rainy season, a waterproof jacket will be a lifesaver. Pack a light waterproof jacket, that won’t take up much room and can be squashed into a bag when not in use.
Finally, make sure you save some space for fun items! Pack a portable speaker to have a little boogie as the sun goes down, a pack of cards for evening entertainment, a few good books and a travel journal to record your adventure. Don't forget to take a good camera to ensure you capture the memories and experience of the trip, and if you're looking for some breathtaking aerial shots perfect to showcase on Instagram then also consider bringing along a drone.