Whether you’re a last-minute packer or a pepped-up planner, packing for a trip can often present a series of trials and tribulations. Factoring in the weather, length of the journey, and how many outfits you’ll need per day based on the activities you may or may not partake in could see your suitcase bursting at the seams or you wildly unprepared for weather woes and inappropriate day-to-night clothes.
But without making packing for a trip seem like the most challenging task on the planet, we’d like to argue that there is one type of trip where sitting with your suitcase doesn’t have to be so damning. Yes, we are talking about packing for a sailing trip.
You may be conjuring up images of mesmerizing Mediterranean sunsets where flowy dresses float in the summer breeze, and you aren’t too far off. But even as magical as 7 days at sea might be, there are some tried and true packing hacks you’ll want to be aware of before that suitcase is zipped. Listen up before saying bon voyage.
Chances are, if you know you’ll be on a 7-day sailing cruise, you’ll have a rough, if not a whole, idea of how your itinerary looks. Use this as your guide to make sure you have something for each occasion and don’t be afraid to repeat outfits when needed. While you’re on the boat, you’ll live in swimsuits and coverups, which is often what you’ll wear out to an island lunch off the boat. Always plan to pack something a little nicer for dinner (but avoid bulky denim) and don’t overload on shoes - a pair of beach sandals, one dressier pair of sandals (steer clear of heels), or boat shoes, and one pair of sneakers will do the trick!
Check the weather
Just because you’re on a dreamy Adriatic getaway doesn’t mean the rain (or wonders of the wind) won’t come out to play. Because forecasts are often unpredictable and tropical storms can surprise out of nowhere, make sure you pack a windbreaker or light jacket just in case. Something that can easily be rolled and tucked away in your luggage is key, as this clothing item should not take precedence over breathable summer wear!
When packing, always ask yourself - do I really need this? It is essential to ensure you honor the items you’ll be hard-pressed to find at sea, like medical prescriptions, but don’t get carried away with overloading enough shampoo, conditioner, and body wash for the week when you can easily pop into any shop where you dock to pick up some more. And if you aren’t sure what your sailboat will provide or what you won’t be able to find? Chat to your charter agent before assuming the worst. As a popular tourism hub, Croatia may have more to offer than it seems.
If you’re traveling with a group, it’s wise to converse with each other about what you’re bringing so that all of you don’t show up with an endless supply of ibuprofen or the like. Perhaps designate individual group members to be in charge of party items, like a Bluetooth speaker, and others to take care of shareable items (like sunscreen, painkillers, vitamins, or bug spray). You’ll not only save room in your suitcase, but you’ll notice the sailboat stays a bit cleaner without seven different sunscreen bottles littering the deck.
Keep the toys at home
The Adriatic will tempt you with snorkeling and water sports, but there is no need to bring the gear along for the ride. Instead, check in with your charter agent first, as most sailboats are already equipped with goggles and snorkeling gear on board so you can dive in! And if you still want to have fun on board? Opt for a small deck of playing cards to keep the party going!
Say no to bulky suitcases
And perhaps the best reason you should pack light? Your big and bulky suitcase will likely take up a good amount of space in your already compact sailing quarters. So save the bruised knees from banging into hard suitcase shells and opt for a soft duffle bag instead. Not only is this far easier to cram into your sailboat closet, but it allows you to think smarter (and lighter) when packing.
Less is more on your Adriatic sailing holiday, and we promise you’ll be happy to have packed strategically rather than cautiously. And remember, if you forget something back home, Croatia’s shops likely have you covered!