What to bring on your sailing holidays?
We would like to ask not to bring hard suitcases, they are difficult to store and thus they will be in your way. It is better to bring your luggage in a collapsible bag, like a weekend bag or a backpack. Each cabin has lockers. We strongly advise not bring too much luggage, since the space on board is limited.
Important stuff (mandatory):
– Passport, identity pas rather not, because we sail outside territorial waters regularly
– European health Insurance Card
– wind and waterproof sailing clothing and rainwear pants and jacket with hood
– Optional light rain gear for walking
– Warm (fleece) sweaters
– A warm, woolen hat
– Optional gloves
– Warm socks (and optional slippers)
– Sunglasses and / or cap
– Thermo underwear.
North of Ardnamurchan Point (Oban) in Scotland, we advise two layers of thermal clothing, thin Merino wool and thicker fleece underwear over each other. Even though it can be nice weather, it can also be cold and it would be a pity to not to enjoy the sailing. Thermal clothing does not need be expensive, maybe you already have it for winter sports. You can by this for a reasonable price online at, for example, Decathlon.
– We recommend to bring two pairs of shoes (or shoes and boots). For sailing (sporty) shoes with grip. Please no black soles and no heels (surf shoes are not suitable).
– For our sailing trips in Northern sailing areas, or for crossings, boots with anti-slip are definitely a must. Try Decathlon. You can also rent boots, please ask for the possibilities.
– During sailing it is not allowed to wear flip-flops or to walk bare feet, instead we advise sandals with velcro or adjustable straps.
– For showering in the marinas, flip-flops might be handy.
– Walking shoes are only necessary if there is a hike on the program, for the normal ‘ after-sail walk’ they are usually not required.
– Bring a sleeping bag (mandatory). A blanket is only sufficient in the Mediterranean, try www.decathlon.com or rent a sleeping bag/duvet from us. (a fitted sheet, pillow and pillowcase are provided on board)
We have a large boiler of 90 liters which, inter alia, is heated by the cooling of the genset. Therefore it is almost always possible to take a shower on board (for example, if we anchor). Each marina also has showers, which of course are more spacious. So take your usual stuff in a small toilet bag, but please make sure that the soaps and shampoos are biodegradable.
As mentioned before, flip-flops may be convenient in the marina showers, although, especially in the north, the marina facilities are usually very clean.
You will get one towel and washcloth for the sailing trip. If this is not enough, you can bring more yourself.
– Sunscreen, high factor and waterproof.
– Good book
– Camera + charger
– Mp3 player
– Mosquito repellent cream containing DEET
– Scottish anti midget cream “Smidge That Midge” (Especially recommended as we cruise through the canals with freshwater. For sale locally, or online via www.amazon.co.uk)
– Medications against seasickness (see below for details)
Print your luggage check list:
To travel light, you can also rent the following gear from us:
For € 30, – a week you can rent a complete sailing suit with a loose (fleece) neck collar with hood. Due to the limited supply you need to make a reservation in advance.
Rubber boots with removable (washable) fleece lining for € 10, – a sailing trip, also to be pre-booked here due to limited stock.
€ 20, – a sailing trip, also to be pre-booked here due to limited stock.
In Northern Ireland, Scotland and the U.K., you have to pay with pounds Sterling, this also applies for the board cash. Ireland itself does use the Euro. You can use the ATM on the airport when you have arrived.
What to do against seasickness?
If you are prone to seasickness you can buy pills at chemist or pharmacist:
– Domperidone (= Touristil)
– Scopoderm Plasters (for when it is to late to just swallow pills)
– Vitamin C (large tablets) and ginger also seem to help.
What also really works is the Belgian Seasickness pill, the only side effect of this is a dry mouth. You can order the Belgian travel capsule at the following pharmacie in Belgium. For 20 caps you pay € 12,- plus shipping.
Pharmacy Bisschoppenhof BVBA
Pharmacist: Filip De Bie
Address: Bisschoppenhoflaan 226, 2100 Deurne (Antwerpen)
Phone: +32 3 324 82 00
Iban: BE06 645108861822
BIC: JVBA BE 22 (Bank Van Breda)
Do NOT use Prima Tour. This makes you are tired and drowsy, which can be dangerous on board. The results are questionable anyway with side effects such as vomiting and nausea.
Generally it is a matter of getting used to the ship movement. Therefore we try to keep the first day short and sheltered if possible. Fatigue and hunger are often the cause of seasickness. we start the day with a good breakfast and we also have easy to get anti-seasickness food in the cockpit table.