What To Wear For A Sailing Trip – All-Weather!

That’s it; you have planned your vacation in one of the beautiful countries of your choice for a few days; this is fantastic! But if it’s your first time, then you would like to know what are the right clothes to wear and what not to bring,  and you surely would like to have some great tips for a successful sailing trip.

Take Only Essential Things With You!

I always recommend not over to pack because, at the end of the trip, you’ll realize that you took unnecessary surplus stuff with you. If you sail in the summer, then you won’t need to bring so many clothes for the simple reason that most of the time you’ll be in swimsuits, but anyway, it is always useful to take with you some warm clothes in case the weather change. Sometimes, it can be extremely windy; bear in mind that in the evening, it may get cooler depending on which region you’ll be sailing.


For How Long the Sailing Trip?

If you sail for the day, it is better to take with you the essentials, sunscreen, sunglasses, a soft bag with a towel, soap, shampoo, personal things and spray for mosquitoes, a hat, sailing shoes, and spare clothes. Now, it is different if you plan to sail for a few days.

Most of the sailing boats are well equipped and have the minimum comfort you need depending on the ship you choose to sail with, but usually possess towels, bed linen, and soaps. So, these are things that are not necessary to take with you.

There are many kinds of sailing holidays, but usually, people take a minimum of a few days of sailing vacations; that’s why I have prepared a list for a minimum of a 7-day trip.


Essential Checklist

  • Passport
  • Sailing certificate                                 (ICC is required in Croatia, Spain, Greece, and Turkey)
  • Driving license
  • Trip assurance
  • Credit cards + travel checks
  • Cameras + Batteries
  • Mobile phone
  • Laptop
  • Sailing watch
  • Laundry bags


Warm Weather

  • Spray Top                                                 (Keep you dry; block the water and the wind.
  • Non-slip sandals
  • Non-slip Flipflops
  • Stretchable polyester hat                       (Protect you from the sun and is very comfortable for sailing)
  • Technical Shorts                                      (Light and great to protect you from the sun)
  • Sunglasses
  • Light casual wear                                   (For the evening, not obligatory)
  • Sunscreen
  • Sweater/sweatshirt                                 (If the weather changes and gets cooler in the evening or early morning)
  • T-shirts
  • Shorts
  • Swimsuits
  • Beach towels                                                (Only if you plan to go on the beach)
  • Light Pajama
  • Light pants
  • Toiletries
  • Hand cream + face cream


Cool Weather

  • Hat                                                          (To protect you from the sun)
  • Sunglasses
  • Sweaters/sweatshirt
  • Wetsuits                                                (To protect from the water)
  • T-shirts long sleeve
  • Pants                                                      (For excursions)
  • Clothes + Shoes                                   (For the evening)
  • Non-marking sailing shoes                                                     (Only if you plan to go on excursions)
  • Pajama
  • Waterproof jacket
  • Swimsuits                                              (There are still sunny days, even in cool weather, to sunbathe on the deck)
  • Toiletries
  • Hand cream + face cream
  • Sunscreen
  • Mosquitoes spray


Cold Weather

  • Dry suit                                                    (To keep you warm and dry)
  • Sailing gloves                                   (To protect and  keep your hands warm)
  • Neoprene boots                                     (To keep your feet warm in cold weather)
  • Neoprene socks                                    (To keep you Warm and dry in cold weather)
  • Technical shirt long sleeve                  (Keep you dry under the clothes, fantastic for any weather condition)
  • Non-marking Sailing Shoes
  • Sweaters/sweatshirt
  • Clothes + Shoes                                   (For the evening, not obligatory)
  • Long Pants                                                       (For excursions)
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Warm Pajama
  • T-shirts long sleeve
  • Hand cream + face cream
  • Toiletries
  • Sunscreen

Things to Not Bring

  • Bed linen
  • Life Jacket
  • Pillow
  • Towels
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Jewelry
  • Blow dryer

Maybe this list seems a little long, but while packing your bags, you will realize that, after all, it is not what you thought. As I have mentioned above, don’t over pack, take with you only useful things, because chances are you won’t wear most of the clothes you’ve packed.

Have you already experienced a sailing trip? Please let me know what else you think can be added to the list in the comments below.

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