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What to bring on a sailing vacation - Tips for a perfect suitcase

You have finally booked your sailing vacation, you are excited about swimming, sunshine galore and dinners at local restaurants, until just before departure the fateful question arises: what to pack?

It is often difficult to have a clear idea of what to expect over the course of the vacation, the temperatures and the pace of the day. So let's try to shed some light by giving you some brief but effective tips.

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What suitcase to choose?

Let's start right from the choice of suitcase: on a sailing boat, space to stow luggage is perforce limited, so a rigid and bulky trolley is highly inadvisable. Much better to use a soft duffle bag that can be folded into a small space.

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How many clothes to bring?

The classic mistake of first-time sailors is to carry too much stuff with them, which will remain unused and only take up valuable space. On a boat you spend most of your time outdoors, with very few things on you.

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What to bring? 

Here is a handy list to use as a starting point for organizing your suitcase: 


  • 3 swimsuits,
  • 7 T-shirts
  • 2/3 shirts/dresses for the evening at the restaurant
  • 2 sweaters/sweaters
  • 2/3 pants, one Bermuda shorts and one long one
  • 2 pairs of shoes, one more dressy and one sporty
  • Underwear, light socks
  • Lightweight pajamas
  • Pareo and hat for shelter from the sun (optional)


  • Sunglasses
  • High protection sunscreen
  • Beach towel
  • Beauty
  • A nice book / kindle
  • Music and headphones
  • Phone chargers
  • Medicines



Hair dryer: The classic home hair dryer consumes a lot of energy and is often frowned upon by the skipper; better to bring a compact travel one.

Find out if sheets and towels, snorkeling or fishing gear, mats, and more are already on board.

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With this list we hope to have been helpful in organizing your trip, here you can find out what you will find on board our catamaran.

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