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Boating Essentials: Your Must-Have Checklist
Boating Essentials: Your Must-Have Checklist

Feel the gentle sway as you let your feet dangle off the edge of the world, leaving behind the hustle and bustle of your daily routine. A sailing holiday is your chance to embrace freedom and adventure, but don’t forget to pack all the essentials for your trip. From your favorite book to your trusty camera, make sure you have everything you need to make this getaway truly unforgettable. Take a deep breath, soak in the moment, and get ready to create memories that will last a lifetime #NauticalDreams

Embark on a stress-free sailing adventure by being well-prepared from the start. Forget the hassle of airport queues and hotel check-ins; sailing offers a serene escape. To avoid costly and inconvenient purchases during your trip, ensure you have all the essentials onboard.

At Punta Estrella Yachts, we prioritize our sailors’ readiness before they set sail. We understand it’s easy to overlook certain items initially, but there’s no need to worry. That’s why we’ve curated a checklist to guarantee a seamless voyage and ensure you’re fully equipped. Take a look at our comprehensive boating checklist, including essential and practical items to bring aboard your sailboat.


Essential Items to Have on Your Sailing Boat

Apart from the obvious necessities like a boating license (if required), credit cards, phone with charger, and identification, this article suggests what you should remember to ensure a perfect and stress-free sailing trip:

  • Sunglasses: Shield your eyes from the strong summer sun and look stylish in photos.
  • Power Bank: Keep your electronic devices charged with a portable charger that is fully charged before setting sail.
  • Slip-resistant Shoes: Rubber-soled shoes are crucial for walking safely on the wet surfaces of the boat to prevent slipping, especially after swimming.
  • Wind Jacket: A sailing jacket needs to be windproof and block strong gusts of wind
  • Swimwear: Chartering a sailboat allows you to swim in secluded beaches and open waters. Pack a few swimsuits, but keep them minimal as they can be easily dried in the sun after use.
  • Earplugs: When docking in a bustling marina, noise can be a challenge, especially for light sleepers. Earplugs are essential for a peaceful rest.
  • Sun Protection: Protect your skin from harmful UV rays by carrying adequate sunscreen, especially on a boating holiday where water surfaces reflect sunlight, increasing exposure even on cloudy days.
  • Medication and Anti-Nausea: Combat seasickness with anti-nausea medication or bracelets. Ensure you have enough general medication for longer trips.
  • Water Bottles: If sailing without a crew, bring sufficient water and drinks based on the trip’s duration.
  • Food: Stock up on enough food for the journey or to reach the nearest port.
  • Shoes: Non-slip shoes are essential onboard; pack a versatile pair for onshore activities or dining at local restaurants during stopovers.
  • Waterproof Bag: Keep your essentials like phone and documents safe from water splashes with a waterproof bag.
  • Towels: Beach towels are a must for a boating holiday, consider compact microfiber towels for convenience.
  • Diving Equipment: Explore underwater marvels with diving gear like a mask, snorkel, fins, dry suit, and scuba equipment for experienced swimmers.
  • Activities: Bring along books, an e-reader, magazines, crosswords, cards, and a speaker for entertainment during downtime. Consider packing a board game for week-long trips to share with fellow travelers.


What items are already on the sailing boat?

  • The sailing boat should be equipped with basic supplies like life jackets, towels, and cooking utensils.
  • Confirm with the company when booking.
  • If the boat is crewed, food and water should also be included.
  • If you are chartering a sailboat to sail on your own, buy enough food and water from a grocery shop near the harbor before departure.

Boating checklist: What to bring on your sailing boat in winter?

In winter, conditions on the water can change rapidly. Pack these essentials for a warm and comfortable winter boat trip:

    • Warm clothing (always carry spare clothes)
    • Long sleeves
    • Thick woollen socks
    • Shirts
    • Warm trousers
    • Fleece cardigan or hoodie
    • Waterproof jacket with hood
    • Beanie
    • Gloves
    • Possibly sailing gloves
    • Waterproof boots or thick shoes with a good non-slip grip

Ensure to have plenty of hot drinks on board such as coffee, tea, and hot chocolate, along with easy-to-prepare hot food like soups. For situations where heating food is not possible, bring cereal bars, snacks, and fresh fruit and vegetables for short trips.


Boating checklist: What to bring for a boat trip with children

  • Consider the age of participants when planning a boat holiday.
  • Ensure infants up to six months are not exposed to the sun.
  • Supervise very young children closely to prevent accidents.
  • For a sailing trip with children, bring:
    • Children’s boat shoes
    • Children’s life jacket
    • A small pool for long swims
    • Mosquito spray and after-bite product
    • Sun protection cream 50+ and a hat
    • Their favorite toy for comfort and familiarity.

Refer to the Punta Estrella Yachts boating checklist for a seamless sailing holiday. For more tips on boat safety and rentals send us a message!

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