You are fortunate enough to go on a sailing holiday with your family and friends - the yacht and destination are already chosen, and all you need now is to pack your bags! Regardless of how much storage space you have onboard, make sure that you follow the golden rule “Less is more” when you pack the absolutely needed sailing essentials for your vacation. Here's a comprehensive packing list that the team of carefully prepared to help you decide what to pack:


Clothing and Accessories:



Cover-ups or beach dresses

Light and breathable clothing (shorts, t-shirts, tank tops, sundresses)

Long-sleeve shirts and pants for sun protection

Windbreaker or lightweight jacket

Hat, sunglasses, and a sunhat

Non-slip boat shoes or deck shoes

Flip-flops or sandals for onshore excursions

Formal attire (if planning to dine at upscale restaurants)

Underwear and socks



Above all, yachting clothing has to be functional! When choosing the clothing for the yacht be sure you are well-equipped for any situation - for superior comfort - layering is always a good idea. Pack multiple swimsuits so you always have a dry one.


The catamaran or the yacht you have already booked should be equipped with essentials such as life jackets and/or inflatable lifesaving devices/vests, binoculars, snorkeling gear, towels, bed linen, kitchen utensils, and further basic supplies. Remember that the specifics of what you pack might depend on the destination, the length of your trip, the amenities on the yacht, and your personal preferences. It's also a good idea to check with the yacht charter company about any additional items they recommend or provide.


Personal Items:


Toiletries: Toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, and other essentials.

Medications: Any prescription medications you need, plus a basic first aid kit.

Personal documents: Identification, passports, travel insurance, and yacht charter documents.

Electronics: Phone, camera, chargers, and power banks.

Entertainment: Books, e-readers, or any other preferred form of entertainment.



What you should definitely remember to pack are sunglasses. Make sure you bring good quality sunglasses - the sun reflects off the water's surface and will irritate your eyes. Polarized lenses reduce the reflections, allowing you to spot rocks, reefs, and any potential hazards easily. It is a good idea to wear the sunglasses with a string around your neck so that you do not lose them in the stronger wind or sudden movement on the yacht. The sun-kissed skin and the gentle summer breeze go hand in hand, just like sailing and sunscreen. The high-factor sunblock (50+) and a lip balm, as well as a refreshing and soothing after-sun cream, are also a must.


There is a first aid kit on every charter yacht, powerboat, catamaran, or sailboat. However, if you want the best sailing experience on a charter we advise you to carry your own onboard pharmacy with you (anti-diarrheal medicine, repellent, antiseptics, medicines for cold symptoms, etc). We recommend using anti-seasickness medications that do not cause drowsiness. However, be aware of possible side effects and it is best to consult your doctor and/or your skipper about which medicine to use.



Highly recommended is an external battery/12V power bank or a portable battery charger, as powering electronic devices onboard can be tricky. Last but not least - for an unforgettable sailing voyage the team of Yasido would advise you to consider sailing insurance. Depending on the type of your yacht charter - crewed or bareboat, and your role - crew or a skipper - there are plenty of travel insurances with different coverage types.


Once again - think small, be convenient, and try to not overpack. We recommend leaving some things at home - watches that are not waterproof, hard suitcases or luggage with wheels, high heels, shoes with dark soles (to avoid making scuff marks), blow dryer.


Welcome on board and happy sailing!