How to Pack for the Yacht Week

packing for a sailing trip

Packing for a summer holiday can sometimes be a stressful task

We either under-pack or, what’s more likely, over-pack, which can often be much worse. Especially when you’re packing for a sailing holiday.

Know what I mean? No?

Well, let me explain.

Let’s say you’ve convinced half a dozen friends to join you for an incredible week-long yacht week sailing holiday in one of those tropical destinations we all dream of. You’re headed for pristine water, gorgeous beaches, lovely coastal towns and island paradises; regardless of whether you’ve decided to sail Croatia, Turkey, Spain, the Greek Islands, or one of the countless other top sailing destinations in the world, this really is going to be the trip of a lifetime.

But first, there are a few things you need to consider.

Packing for going on a sailing trip is a little different than packing for a regular holiday. You’ll need a little less clothing, but clothing of certain types, and you’ll need to pack strategically.

But fear not, friends!

We’ve put together a guide to packing for a yacht week holiday, so that you’ll have everything you need – and nothing you won’t – for the perfect sailing holiday.

Party sailing in Europe

The Perfect Travel Bag

Whatever you do, don’t even think about bringing a hard suitcase! You’ll be staying in some tiny quarters where space is seriously limited, so a soft duffel bag or backpack is ideal for fitting into tight quarters. Most cabins have small closets, so you can unpack your things, roll up your duffel bag and still have room in your cabin to breathe.

Clothing to pack for the yacht week

For the ladies:

  • 2-3 bikinis
  • 4-5 light dresses
  • 1 eveningwear outfit
  • 1 sarong/wrap dress/lightweight scarf
  • 3 tank tops or t-shirts
  • 2 pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair of leggings
  • Lightweight pyjamas
  • Underwear and socks
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 light jacket
  • 2 towels
  • 1 pair of boat shoes
  • 1 pair of sandals
  • 1 wide-brim hat
  • Sunglasses

For the guys:

  • 5 t-shirts
  • 2 collared shirts
  • 2 pairs of bathing shorts
  • 2 pairs of regular shorts
  • 1 pair of pants/jeans
  • Lightweight pyjamas
  • Underwear and socks
  • 1 sweater
  • 1 lightweight jacket
  • 2 towels
  • 1 pair of boat shoes
  • 1 pair of dress shoes
  • 1 hat
  • Sunglasses

The Toiletries to pack for a yacht week

Our top tip is to travel with a hanging toiletries bag. These are ideal for sailing, where space in the bathroom is minimal.

For the ladies:

  • Waterproof makeup
  • Shampoo and conditioner (small bottles)
  • Soap or body wash (small bottles)
  • Cleansing wipes
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturiser/after-sun gel
  • Lip balm (with SPF)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
  • A wet brush and hair ties

For the guys:

  • Shampoo and conditioner (small bottles)
  • Soap or body wash (small bottles)
  • Sunscreen
  • Moisturiser/after-sun gel
  • Lip balm (with SPF)
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Deodorant
expert sailor routes by boat

The Extra Items to pack

  • Insect repellent
  • A small laundry kit
  • A book
  • A guidebook or phrasebook
  • A Swiss army knife
  • Earplugs and an eye mask
  • A deck of cards
  • A daypack

Documents and Currency for a yacht week

These are probably the most important documents to consider before chartering a boat:

  • A valid passport
  • A valid visa
  • Travel insurance
  • Local currency
  • Charter and booking paperwork
  • Sailing licence
Girl sailing in Croatia

What Not to Bring

  • Heavy clothing – materials like denim and wool are no good
  • Jewelry – bring one or two statement pieces if you like, but any more isn’t necessary
  • High heels – boats and heels don’t mix!
  • A hard suitcase

What’s Usually Included

  • A first aid kit
  • Bed linen and blankets
  • Navigation instruments and maps
  • Guidebooks
  • Kitchen utensils
  • Lifejackets
  • A generator

Finally, you’re ready to set sail!

While it may seem like there are a lot of things to consider when planning and packing for your dream sailing holiday, once you get going we promise things will fall into place quickly. You’ll begin to grow more and more excited as the image of cruising through crystal clear water grows closer and closer.

However, if you do have any questions or concerns, the Zizoo team is always happy to help. Just email to speak to one of our awesome customer service representatives.

Here at Zizoo, we want to make sure that planning your dream sailing holiday is a breeze. And it can be. Start planning the perfect sailing holiday now!