Recommended Packing List: What to Bring When Sailing

Following is the recommended list of items to bring on a sailing trip. Generally speaking, you should pack as light as possible as space is limited on the boats. With this in mind, do your best to determine what is essential and what is expendable for you.


Personal Items

  • Soft Sided Luggage – (storage space is limited)
  • Sleeping Bag & Pillow
  • Appropriate Sleeping Apparel – (you might be sharing a cabin with Someone New!!)
  • Washing Items: Towels / Washcloths, Shower Shoes, and a Bag to take Change of Clothes to the Washrooms
  • Toiletries: Shampoo, Lotion, Toothbrush, Deodorant, etc
  • Flashlight with batteries
  • Jacket – For Rain, Cool Or Cold Weather
  • Sweats and Shorts – (layer and be prepared for all weather)
  • Hat Or Sun Visor
  • Hat Keeper – (ie, string to hold hat from blowing off)
  • Bathing Suit and Towel
  • Sunscreen (year round), Lip Balm with SPF, & Something for Sun Burns
  • Sun Glasses and strap (to keep from falling off)
  • Sailing Gloves, to use when working on the Boat (bike gloves work well)
  • Boat Shoes – No Black Soles/Heels (scuffing)…Tennis Shoes OK if White Soles
  • Extra Shoes, in case one pair gets wet
  • Day & Evening Clothing appropriate to planned trip activities
  • Disposable, weather-proof camera
  • Back-Up Glasses / Contacts, with Eye Glass Strap for Safety
  • Ear Plugs – in case someone snores or the band is too loud
  • Breath Right Strips – for those who do the snoring
  • Motion Sickness medication
  • Wristbands, Patches, Antacids, Aspirin, Allergy Meds, etc.
  • ALL Medications you personally require, in sufficient supply


Provisions – Food & Drink

The Crew on each boat decides what they want to do regarding food and drinks for their boat. The crew can purchase soda and snacks as a group and split the cost, or it can all be done individually. This decision should be made before the trip so everyone can plan appropriately.

1)   On most trips, everyone buys food from the deli for breakfast and lunch, then all the boats get together for dinner Saturday night.

2)   Bottled Water – Be sure to purchase bottled drinking water for your boat. Water in the boat’s tanks is for washing and cooking only, and is usually not good enough to drink.

3)   Special dietary requirements are the responsibility of the individual person.

4)   BYOB – Beer, wine, and spirits are the responsibility of each person.