In addition to the general travel packing checklist there are a number of items which we need when we go on flotilla sailing holidays. They always help the holiday along.
These extras are in the list below.
Some of these items are of a general nature and some very specific to sailing. The notes might help explain.
|Sailing Gloves Garden Gloves||These stop your hands getting rope burns, trapped in anchor chains and all sorts of other nasties. Sailing is fun really !|
|Compass||Yachts usually are fully equipped with navigation items but I like to take some myself just for fun.|
|Light Jackets||As in not heavy. Even in the warmest weather it can get a bit chilly on the water if you are cracking along at 7 knots.|
|Cable Ties||All sorts of colours and sizes. We use them to identify each persons life jacket and safety harness for easy grabbing in an emergency. They can also be used to mark the anchor chain lengths if you want precision anchor drops.|
|Loo Paper||Again yachts have them, but tavernas can be a bit lacking|
|Straps||The kind for tying luggage onto car roof racks. Very useful for strapping down the inflatable on deck whilst sailing.|
|Beach Mats||Thin cushion types to add comfort in the cockpit or even the beach.|
|Sailing Guides Charts||Again the yachts are equipped but you cannot write on them or bring them home, so personal copies are good for keeping notes and as a holiday record|
|Sun tan lotion||Say no more|
|Mossie repellent||Mosquitoes can be a nuisance in the evening ashore. The yachts have pretty good mosquito nets for night time|
|Sharp kitchen knife||If you do cooking or want to cut oranges for fresh orange juice|
|Sharp sailing knife||For cutting ropes and stuff|
|CDs||To play whilst you are on the high seas. Or in the harbour if you turn the volume down or feel anti-social|
|Cake||Good high energy rations when on the move. You no doubt can buy them there but you can't beat a home made one.|
|Alarm Clock||In case you do need to leave port before midday.|
|Sailing/Deck shoes||Light soled non-slip and ones that can get wet. Most of the time we are bare footed but when fiddling about on deck it is surprising how many things jump out and stub your toes|
|Swimmies||That is what is worn most of the time|
|T-shirts||To cover up occasionally|
|Only 1 pair earrings||Or for the salty sea-dogs then just a single earring I suppose|
|No make up||It only gets washed off in the salt spray.|
|No heavy shoes||They never get worn, unless you want to go for a hike.|
|Very few socks||In high summer they are not needed|
|Very few decent clothes||For the evenings ashore, one outfit can last days. So long as you don't mind being seen in the same kit more than once.|
|Umbrella||Unless you are hopelessly British|
|Rigid suitcase||There is nowhere to put it on board|
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