You are about to embark on a great adventure on board a sailing boat and you have doubts about what you are going to put in your luggage? It's understandable, because if you want to have a good week at sea, it's best not to have forgotten anything. To avoid possible mishaps, here is a list of checklist take-away items to help you have an unforgettable holiday experience.

The type of luggage to take with you on a sailing cruise

Travelling by sailboat requires adaptation to the conditions of life at sea, the sailing area and the season. It is important to avoid hard casesIt is impossible to store them in the wardrobes on board the ship. Instead, consider carrying soft sports bags or backpacks that fold easily. In addition, a waterproof bag is indispensable and will be useful in many ways: for the protection of your mobile phone, tablet, glasses, wallet. If you don't have one, carry a zipped bag with you. It provides the minimum protection needed.

Don't forget your beach bag. It's the essential accessory for anyone who loves the sea or ocean. You can put your towels, sun cream, snorkel and a change of clothes in it. Don't forget to take a security pocket under the shirt to protect your important documents and your money.

The checklist of clothes to pack before you leave

First and foremost, it is recommended that briefs and socks be stored in a plastic bag. Another plastic bag should be taken to put dirty things in. This organization allows you to avoid mixing everything during a cruise on a sailing boat.

For a sea trip, it is advisable to bring clothing for all types of weather. Even if the sea is warm, you will feel the coolness of the wind, the humidity and the unpredictability of the weather. Therefore, consider bringing at least one windbreaker or a light jacket waterproof. It is best to choose outfits that are salt and moisture resistant.

There is a method It's easy to choose what to take with you so you don't end up with clothes you don't even need. Put everything in a pile and remove a third of it. You should give priority to :

  • The swimwear Time to wear several of your swimming costumes, bikinis or shorts to stay dry.
  • Beachwear: light outfits such as t-shirts, dresses, shorts and tank tops. It's even better if they dry quickly. If you're sailing in low season, take a warm top.
  • L'waterproof Take just one mackintosh to protect yourself in case of need.
  • The shoes or sandals For example, choose shoes with non-marking soles and good grip. Swimming shoes will also protect your feet.
  • The beach towel Microfibre to save space
  • The sunglasses For example, choose a model with polarised lenses to counteract the reflection of the sun on the water.
  • A cap and a sun hat.
  • The gloves of sailing.

Toiletries to pack in your luggage

You should think about taking the things you will need on a daily basis as well as a toiletry kit and emergency supplies, because no one is immune to the unexpected. To deal with this, you need to have at hand :

  • Sunscreen and sun cream Oil-free, and without products with oxybenzone or octinoxate.
  • A soothing balm after sun lotion to relieve sunburn
  • a lip balm Travel-size toiletries: toothbrush and toothpaste, shampoo, conditioner, shower gel.
  • Make-up (reduced to essentials), earplugs and mask, tweezers and nail clippers
  • From medicines (for the duration of the stay + 1 week): antiseasicknessparacetamol, bandages, etc.
  • Sprays anti-mosquito
  • From soap solid (from Marseille if possible)

The essentials for navigation

Like any self-respecting navigator, you should have binoculars, a flashlight, a headlampa camera to capture the highlights, a sailor's knife with a de-handler, a diving mask, and a mini tool kit in which to put duct tape, multi-function pliers, etc.

Documents to pack in your luggage

You should always carry your passport with visayour social insurance card, the social security card European CEA, as well as your insurance details.


You may want to have a little fun with your friends on a cruise. That's why you should think about bringing along some games or entertainment to pass the time: a card game, a game of citadels (for the connoisseurs), a bookUSB to USB-C, USB to micro-USB (to charge your computer), USB to USB-C (to charge your computer) mobile phone and other accessories), 3.5 mm male jack cables (useful if there is a sound system on board the ship), a Bluetooth speaker.

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