When packing for a chartered sailing trip, you often have the advantage of not needing to worry about certain equipment, as the charter company typically provides a well-equipped vessel. However, there are still some essential items you should bring to ensure a comfortable and enjoyable experience. Here’s a checklist:

Essential Documents

  1. Personal Identification
    • Passport/ID
    • Sailing certifications (if required)
    • Reservation and charter documents


  1. Appropriate Attire
    • Comfortable and breathable clothing suitable for the destination’s climate
    • Swimsuits
    • Windproof and waterproof jacket
    • Deck shoes with non-slip soles
    • Sun protection gear (hat, sunglasses, sunscreen)
    • Sailing gloves
    • many t-shirts

Personal Items

  1. Toiletries
    • Basic toiletries, including sea-sickness remedies
    • Towel and washcloth
  2. Medications
    • Personal medications and a basic first aid kit
    • Seasickness bands or medication

Safety Gear

  1. Life Jackets
    • Check with the charter company, but it’s advisable to bring your own comfortable life jacket.
  2. Communication
    • Mobile phone in a waterproof case

Comfort and Entertainment:

  1. Bedding
    • Check with the charter company regarding bedding arrangements. You may need to bring a sleeping bag or sheets.
  2. Entertainment
    • Books, e-books, or a Kindle
    • Music player or instrument

Personal Gear:

  1. Snorkeling Gear
    • If you enjoy snorkeling, consider bringing your own mask and fins.
  2. Camera
    • Waterproof or water-resistant camera for capturing moments.

Clothing for Shore

  1. Casual Clothing
    • Light, casual clothing for exploring onshore
    • Comfortable walking shoes


  1. Dry Bags
    • Keep important items (electronics, documents) dry.
  2. Cash
    • Some destinations might have limited access to ATMs.
  3. Reusable Water Bottle
    • Staying hydrated is crucial.
  4. Daypack
    • For carrying essentials when exploring onshore.

Before your trip, communicate with the charter company to clarify what is provided on the vessel and what you need to bring. They can offer valuable insights into the specific items you may or may not need based on the boat’s amenities and the destination. Additionally, follow any guidelines or recommendations provided by the charter company to ensure a smooth and enjoyable sailing experience.

What to pack for a sailing holiday in Greece? - 1Let’s sum up.

  • Two or three swimsuits, remember it can be your round-the-clock outfit
  • Light and breathable shoes
  • Hat
  • Sunglasses
  • Sunscreen & after suncream
  • A couple of pareos
  • Windproof jacket or hoodie
  • A great book
  • Activities (games) on board
  • Large beach towel
  • Cash (euros)
  • Many t-shirts
  • Positive attitude, setbacks always happen, but good mood always prevails!
  • Soft suitcases (since storage space in the yachts is rather limited, it is better to carry your clothes in soft-sided bags and not in suitcases)

So, you’re set and ready to sail away!