Sailing Essentials

What to pack for a sailing holiday in the Med

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You’re about to embark on the ultimate adventure in the Mediterranean, but you don’t know where to start when it comes to packing? Even the most seasoned of sailors has forgotten that crucial piece of kit, but somehow ended up with enough t-shirts to last the entire month!

To avoid these common mishaps, we’ve listed must-haves to help you on your way to an unforgettable holiday. We’ve taken all the hassle away by carefully choosing lightweight items to transform you into a packing pro!

The bare essentials...


  • Quick dry UV top

When you’re out on the water, it’s important to wear clothing that protects you from the Mediterranean sun. High tech sailing clothing company, Gill, creates a great range of UV Tec T-shirts that have built-in UV 50+ sun protection and lightweight fabric that is not only designed to dry quickly, but also helps to maintains your optimum body temperature on the boat.

  • Clothes for little sailors

You may have packed sun cream, flip-flops, rubber rings and sun-hats for the kids, but what else are you missing? Nipper Skipper’s quality sailing clothes for kids, will remember things you never even thought about —from safety jackets and buoyancy aids to scratch vests for under scuba-diving gear, they ensure your little ones are completely safe and UV protected to have fun on the water no matter where you’re headed! 

  • Deck Shoes

Before heading out on your charter, definitely check if the shoes you’re bringing with you have non-marking soles. Most deck shoes have soles with superior grip as decks and cockpits can get very slippery when cruising between different anchorages. However, we’d stay clear of deep tread soles, as this may cause your shoes to pick up stones and gravel ashore which could scratch the gelcoat and wood on deck. 


  • Wind and waterproof jackets

Even in mild Ionian conditions, it’s good to have a light jacket, just in case. The best waterproof jackets are those with 2-layer laminated fabric with a durable water repellent finish. We’d recommend Gill’s Pilot Jacket (available for men and woman) as it’s got a high neck, adjustable cuffs, full-length zipper and a double storm guard that keeps you cool when it’s warm and warm when it’s cold.

What we recommend...

  • Soft-sided duffel bag 

Sailors believe that it’s bad luck to bring a hard suitcase on board, and for good reason! Hard cases are notoriously difficult to store in cabin luggage holders, whereas soft, waterproof bags are easily moulded to fit any cabin space. So before you pack for your ultimate getaway choose a sturdy but adaptable bag that compliments your convertible saloon and master cabin storage.

  • Transparent, waterproof phone case 

If you haven’t got access to a GoPro before you go on holiday, never fear. You can now get a transparent waterproof case so you won’t have to miss out on taking underwater pictures of the stunning typography in the Dalmatians, or worry about splashbacks when videoing your cruise along the Amalfi Coast. All waterproof cases are fully submersible and touch screen compatible, with most having a Lenzflex back window for ultra-clear photos. This product is a must have for any avid photographers and keen scuba-divers out there.

  • Spec savers 

If you’re the skipper, you need to look the part and be able to see where you’re heading. To stop your sunglasses slipping off at any moment, invest in a lightweight sunglasses strap.  Most products on the market have neoprene fabric that provides a comfortable fit around the back of the neck, so as not to put any added strain on. We’d also recommend you purchase fully floatable and 100% glare-free sunglasses with high UV protection to get the best experience out on the water. Some glasses also come with hydrophobic and oleophobic coating to repel salt residue, fingerprints and oils leaving you with a view as crystal as the waters.

  • Sailing Gloves

Never underestimate the value of a quality pair of sailing gloves. Our clothing partners Gill produce the best range of water-resistant gloves, whether you’re on a dinghy, inshore, coastal or offshore sailing. Helping to prevent against rope burns, cuts and blisters from rope handling, their gloves are reinforced with Dura-grip technology for the ultimate flexibility and comfort. With seamless palm grip and pre-curved construction, the material eliminates pressure points and reduces wear. They are also contoured to fit for dexterity and provide UPF 50+ sun protection. Gills gloves are designed for sailors, by sailors, making them an essential buy for sailing in the Med. 

The fun stuff...

  • Bottle of Opihr Gin

For those long sultry nights on board your yacht, kick back and relax with a refreshing Opihr gin and tonic. Ophir is infused with spices and botanicals inspired by ancient routes across Morocco, Indonesia and India that are bound to awaken your senses while on holiday. Think ahead, and impress family and friends on your flotilla or skippered holiday with a great range of thirst-quenching cocktails. With unlimited drink combinations to tingle your taste buds, we’d recommend that Opihr is best served mixed with ginger ale, in a Red Snapper or in a gin-based Bloody Mary for the ultimate sundowner!

  • Portable Speaker

If you are a big music lover, then a portable speaker is a must have. This is a light, easy- to-pack item that will add to your holiday vibe. Just picture sailing along in the Mediterranean to your favourite tunes.  

If you need any more tips and hints on what to pack, cast your eye over our quick check list:

  • 1-T-shirt per day
  • Sun cream and after sun
  • Credit cards and euros
  • Toiletries
  • Sunglasses
  • A hat/cap
  • 2-3 pairs of swimming shorts/bikinis
  • Deck shoes
  • Flip flops
  • 2 sets of nice evening wear
  • Travel documents and passport
  • Good book or two
  • Underwear
  • 3- pairs of shorts
  • Medication (if necessary)
  • Pack of playing cards
  • Insect Repellent 

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