Going on a sailing trip is often one of the most exhilarating and rewarding experienced that you can take part in. After all, the ocean has been proven to be great for mental health.

But, it’s not always obvious what you should bring with you on your journey.

Not sure where to start? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered.

Let’s take a look at everything you need to know

Necessary Medication

One of the most important things that you’ll need to remember to pack for your sailing trip is any medication that you need to take on a regular basis. Otherwise, you may find yourself needing to make an emergency stop.

Be sure to double-check that you have a sufficient amount for the duration of your trip. Depending on the length of your journey, this may involve contacting your doctor and having them prescribe more than normal in order to ensure that no complications arise.

It’s also a good idea to take a bit extra just in case you drop or spill some of your medication while using it.

Important Documents

Sailing often involves traversing international waters into the territory of other countries. So, bringing your passport and additional forms of identification is absolutely essential.

If you don’t feel comfortable taking multiple forms, bring your passport and digital scans or photographs of your credit card, debit card, etc. so that you can provide an additional form of identification if you need to.


There’s a good chance that many of the places your visit won’t accept any form of digital payment. Additionally, some facilities that offer currency exchange services charge a fee when you use an electronic form of payment.

Having cash on hand will prevent you from being unable to make necessary purchases. Be sure that you keep it in a safe place, though, since it’s easy for loose cash to blow away or become soaked with water while sailing.

Clothing for Cold/Rainy Weather

The forecast can change in an instant when you’re out to sea. Unfortunately, you won’t always have the opportunity to immediately take shelter.

Drastic temperature drops and storms that come seemingly out of nowhere or relatively common occurrences that people experience while on an extended sailing trip. So, you’ll find yourself highly relieved when you remember that you packed clothing for cold, wet weather.

Depending on how far you sail, you may even answer another part of the world that has a climate that you’re not used to during that particular season. For example, some countries are relatively cold during June even though your country of origin may know that month as one of the hottest of the year.


It can often be notably refreshing and invigorating to experience the open sea wall under a cloudless sky. But, this constant exposure to sunlight is something that can quickly become a hazard if you’re not properly equipped for it.

On particularly bright days, you may even find it unpleasant to look out onto the ocean.

The combination of a hat and sunglasses will protect your eyesight and allow you to be aware of your surroundings without any complications. A hat will also have the benefit of keeping your face sheltered from the sun‘s UV rays, reducing your risk of contracting melanoma from the constant exposure.

Proper Shoes

The shoes you wear in your boat should have a sufficient grip so that you don’t slip and slide on its surface. While there are shoes specifically made for wearing on boats, it’s not required that you get a pair of this type.

Hiking shoes, for example, will provide plenty of traction on wet surfaces.

It’s a good idea, though, to bring an extra pair of shoes for exploring in the city that you dock at. Being stuck in a single pair of wet shoes for an entire trip can drastically reduce the quality of your experience.


Even if you have a skin type that isn’t prone to sun damage, you should still pack sunscreen for the brighter days. Constant exposure will wear down on your skin and could result in health issues in the future.

Those with fair skin will likely find themselves receiving a nasty sunburn relatively quickly, preventing them from enjoying their trip as much as they could while they heal.


There’s no doubt that you’ll want to take hundreds of amazing photos while on your sailing trip. Although it’s possible to take high-quality photos with a smartphone, it’s a good idea to pack a camera specifically for this purpose.

To make the experience even more unique, you could bring a Polaroid camera to print out physical pictures of your journey that you can use as a way to remember your trip.


As exhilarating as a sailing trip is, you’ll likely have plenty of downtime where you won’t have anything to do. This means that you should have a way to entertain yourself through whatever method is best for you.

This could mean bringing a board game, a few books, or even a device like an iPad. Regardless of what you bring, you’ll be glad that you did when you find yourself needing it.

If you find yourself needing something to do, it’s also a good idea to catch up on boat maintenance. You can check out these boat care tips to learn more about your obligations.

Planning a Sailing Trip Can Seem Difficult

But it doesn’t have to be.

With the above information about planning a sailing trip in mind, you’ll be well on your way toward making sure that you have everything you need.

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