6 Items to Pack for a Sailing Holiday

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6 Items to Pack for a Sailing Holiday

A sailing holiday in the UK can be an exciting outdoor adventure. There are several items to take on a trip to ensure safety and enjoyment. Begin by packing appropriate clothing and footwear. Be prepared for the water, wind, and possible cold weather during the trip by packing waterproofs and a warm layer. It is also important to take sunscreen, even for cloudy days. Toiletries should not be overlooked, and it is important to pack medication and supplement. Carry multiple forms of payment if the trip is outside the UK to ensure goods and services can be obtained. It may also be necessary to take items like insect repellent and tablets for seasickness.

Most items for sailing holidays can be purchased from department stores and specialist outdoor retailers. It is also possible to prepare for a trip by shopping online. Marketplaces like eBay have listings for a range of items, making it an easy place to gather all of the necessary supplies. Being prepared for a sailing holiday can help to ensure a great experience, so pack all the needed items before setting off.

Item 1: Clothing

A sailing holiday in the UK requires protection from the wind and cold water. Be prepared by packing a waterproof jacket and trousers. It may also be necessary to have a warm coat to wear underneath the waterproofs. Pack casual clothing for time spent in harbour towns. Sailing holidays in warmer climates require swimwear and a set of clothing for the evenings. Depending on the time of year, a few T-shirts, shorts, and maybe a light jacket may be sufficient.

Item 2: Shoes

Pack appropriate footwear for the holiday. A sturdy pair of Wellingtons or a pair of sailing boots is needed while sailing to prevent slipping. Pack a comfortable pair of walking shoes for time on land. It may also be useful to take a pair of hiking boots, depending on the destination.

Item 3: UV Protection

Exposure to UV rays from the sun can cause short and long term damage to the skin and eyes. Due to prolonged exposure to the elements during a sailing holiday, it is important to have sunglasses and sunscreen on hand. Although these are especially useful for sunny days, bear in mind that UV rays are still present in cloudy and cold weather.


Time spent out on the water can be especially harmful to the eyes. Polarised light reflected from the surface is many times brighter than ambient light from the sun, and therefore, more harmful. The glare from polarised light also makes it difficult to see properly. A good quality pair of polaris ed sunglasses can reduce the amount of polarised light the eyes take in effectively and increase visibility.

Keep weight in mind while shopping for sunglasses. Products with glass lenses are higher quality than plastic, but can feel heavy and uncomfortable to wear after a few hours. Wrap-around designs block light from peripheral sources and offer the best total protection. Consider purchasing a strap to prevent glasses from falling off into the water. Some sunglasses are specifically designed to float on the water, just in case.


Just as a good pair of sunglasses is needed to guard eyes from harmful UV rays, it is important to keep sunscreen on hand. Look for products that are free of oxybenzone and retinyl palmitate, sometimes listed as vitamin A. It is also best to choose creams instead of sprays. Special sunscreens are developed for the face and are suitable for people with sensitive skin. These products are less likely to clog pores or cause breakouts. They also have a less greasy feel than standard sunscreens. Do not forget about lips, either. Special lip balm is available with UV protection to prevent dry, cracked, and sunburnt lips.

Item 4: Toiletries and Medication

Pack a full range of toiletry items to feel comfortable on the holiday. Although most items like soap, shampoo, and toothpaste can be purchased in small harbour towns, it is best to take them on the trip to save time. Pack all necessary medication and supplements, as well. A small first aid kit can be useful to have nearby during the trip. Even a few small plasters and a cleaning solution can save time and trouble in the event of a cut or scrape. Try to pack as lightly as possible, and decant large bottles into smaller plastic containers to avoid cluttered and overstuffed bags.

Item 5: Food

Depending on the length of the trip, it may be necessary to pack onboard provisions like canned goods or instant soup. Bear in mind that some larger yachts have cooking facilities, and there are sometimes opportunities to dine in harbour towns, as well. Consider the length of the trip and its destination beforehand to decide which provisions are needed. Food can also be obtained from shops in port towns, although they may not always have items that are dairy, gluten, or nut free. People who are sensitive to certain types of food may need to pack appropriate items for the trip.

Item 6: Cash, Credit Cards, and Traveller's Checks

Trips within the UK can usually be funded with cash or a credit card. However, it may be necessary to take alternative forms of payment if travelling to parts of continental Europe. To ensure products can be purchased anywhere during the trip, be prepared with the right currency and even traveller's checks. Do not rely on credit cards alone, as some may not operate in small ports. Also, many of these locations may not have banks or cash machines, so it is useful to have alternative payment methods for food and services.

Optional Items

Of course, there is always a handful of items that could be packed for a sailing holiday. Try to take into consideration all potential circumstances on the trip and pack accordingly. The following table provides examples of several smaller items that may be needed for the holiday.



Seasickness tablets

Especially useful if a member of the group is sailing for the first time

Mosquito spray

Prevents distractions and bites


For boats that have a CD player

Plastic bags

For storing wet swimwear when departing

Sailing gloves

Prevents harm to hands and increases the grip on wet objects

Several other small items may be needed, depending on the requirements of the people on the holiday. Try making a list several weeks before the trip to remember as many small items as possible.

How to Buy Items to Pack for a Sailing Holiday on eBay

Many of the items needed for a safe and enjoyable sailing holiday can be purchased from the sellers on eBay. To find these products, initiate a keyword search from the home page. For example, enter " Wellingtons" into the search field to see all items tagged with that term. You may also use category links to refine listings in the results page.

Read Item Listings

Take the time to read item listings before committing to a purchase. Look for a description provided by the seller and compare it with available photographs to be clear on the specific item being sold. Check the seller's accepted forms of payment and add delivery charges to the listed sale price.

Review Sellers

You can review sellers on eBay by clicking on their names in the item listings. Look for eBay sellers with a high feedback rating. This percentage reflects the number of buyers within the past year that had a positive experience with the seller. Look for average ratings based on key aspects of the seller's performance. These provide details of the seller's delivery speed, delivery cost, accuracy of item descriptions, and level of communication. Once you have received your item, leave feedback about your experience.


A sailing holiday can be an exciting opportunity to learn new skills and visit new locations. There are several items to pack to ensure the best possible experience. Waterproof jackets and trousers are necessary in colder climates, along with a warm layer to wear underneath. Pack suitable footwear such as sailing boots for the yacht and walking shoes for land. Warmer climates may require a swimsuit and casual shirts and shoes. Protective eyewear and sunscreen is helpful for resisting harmful UV rays, even in cloudy weather.

Toiletries, medication, and vitamins should also be packed. It may be wise to include a small first aid kit. Although food is available at most harbour towns, shops may not have allergen-free foods. Pack any dairy, gluten, or nut free foods needed. It is also wise to have multiple forms of payment prepared if travelling outside the UK. Do not expect to be able to use a credit card everywhere. Take the right currency to ensure necessary items can be obtained on the trip.

Online marketplaces like eBay have listings for a high number of items for a sailing holiday. The site can be used to obtain all necessary items quickly. Choose the most appropriate products for the best experience and an enjoyable trip on the water.

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