Thursday, September 23, 2021

6 Things to Pack for a Sailing Trip

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Everything is magnified when you’re sailing. The weather feels more extreme and seasickness can be almost unbearable. Forgetting an essential is also far more problematic as it’s not like you can just pop out to a local grocery store. 

If something has been forgotten, you’ll likely have to do without it for the duration of the trip. This makes preparation essential. From medical supplies to ocean-worthy clothing, here are the six most important things to include for your sailing trip: 

  1. Suitable Clothing

Adventures out at sea can come with a wide range of weather conditions, and you need to be prepared for them all. Here are the clothes that should be packed when going on a sailing trip:

  • Long-sleeved t-shirts 

  • Swim-wear

  • Shorts or skorts

  • Jackets (preferably fleece jackets)

  • Underwear

  • A raincoat

  • Extra pairs of sunglasses

  • Waterproof watch

  • Hats for both cool and warm weather

  • Flip-flops

  • T-shirts in breathable, comfortable fabric

  1. Sun Protection

The sun is mighty, and this is magnified when onboard a boat. You’ll be getting hit by its rays from above and from the reflection on the water. However, the greatest danger lies in not feeling hot due to the cool sea breeze. 

Without the proper protection, you could wind up with a painful sunburn and even heat stroke. Therefore, it’s crucial to pack plenty of sunscreen with a minimum factor of 30. Remember to reapply it every couple of hours and any time you go for a dip. 

  1. Pain Relief and Medicine

There’s nothing worse than feeling unwell on a trip. Painkillers such as Ibuprofen, Paracetamol, and Aspirin should be packed in case you need them. It’s also worth investing in motion sickness medicines like Avil and Avomine. These and all other required medicines should be sealed and stored somewhere safe and easily accessible.

  1. Bug Repellant and Anti-Itch Spray 

Biting insects don’t always stay on dry land. When sailing to particular places, mosquitos and other insects that leave itchy bites can cause discomfort if you’re not prepared for them. It’s best to be armed with bug repellent to avoid getting bitten in the first place. Include some anti-itch spray in case they get to you before you put on the repellent. 

  1. Sailing Guides and Maps

Taking to the open ocean is an adventure that many enjoy. However, it can be all too easy to become lost, frustrated, and frightened. Taking a sailing guide will provide reassurance as it comes with the solutions to many common problems. Sailing maps tailored to the destinations you’re visiting will give you a greater sense of security as they provide backup if your devices stop working.

  1. A Couple of Flashlights

It’s essential to pack a couple of heavy-duty flashlights with additional batteries. As mentioned, everything is more extreme on open waters. This isn’t solely limited to the weather but also includes the intensity of the dark. It appears much darker than on land when nightfall comes. Ensure this is catered for by packing a functioning flashlight. If possible, include two flashlights with a spare pack of batteries to reduce anxiety and act as a lightweight insurance policy. 

Packing for a Sailing Trip Is the Start of an Adventure 

Being at one with the ocean is nothing short of magical, and if you’re prepared, it can be the adventure of a lifetime. First, however, it’s important to remember the golden rule: respect the water.

Be prepared, organized, and make safety your top priority. 

Pack suitable clothing, sun protection, medicines, bug repellent, and anti-itch spray. Don’t forget the sailing guides and maps, keeping them somewhere easily accessible alongside a flashlight or two for the evenings. You’re all set!