What to bring on your sailing holidays?
We urge you not to bring large or hard (wheeled) suitcases, as they are difficult to store in the ship and thus you will be troubled by this yourself the whole trip.. It is better to carry your belongings in a stuffable bag, such as an over-weekend bag. Each cabin has lockers. We strongly advise not bring too much luggage, since the space on board is limited.
Travel with hand luggage only, this will save you time & costs at the airports. Sailing suits and boots can be rented on board and duvets are standard provided on the boat. Check the dimensions for your hand luggage here
Important stuff (mandatory):
– Passport, identity pas rather not, because we sail outside territorial waters regularly and in the U.K an identity card is not accepted.
– European health Insurance Card
– wind and waterproof sailing clothes
– Optional light rain gear for walking
– Warm jumpers (fleece dries quickly, merino wool is more expensive but breathes better).
– Sunglasses and / or cap
In Scotland and further north:
– A warm, woolen hat and neck warmer.
– Optional gloves
– Warm socks (and optional slippers), click here for warm socks
– 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.
Since 2018 duvets are included, as wel as fitted sheets, pillow and a pillowcase. So no need to bring them with you.
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). Please make sure that the soaps and shampoos are biodegradable. Each marina also has showers, which of course are more spacious. Bring your usual stuff in a small toilet bag.
– In most shore marina showers there are few hanging clamps, therefore a tip, buy some suction cup hooks.
– As mentioned before, flip-flops may be convenient in the marina showers.
You will get one towel and washcloth for the sailing trip. If this is not enough, you can bring more yourself.
– Sunscreen, high factor (50) and waterproof, no spray bottle please because this will cause stains on the teak deck.
– Good book
– Hearing aid if needed
– Camera + charger
– MMp3 player / smartphone with headphones
– Mosquito repellent cream containing DEET
– For Scotland: 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)
What you can better leave at home:
– Bluetooth speaker
– Big bulky hiking boots
Print your luggage check list:
To travel light, you can also rent the following gear from us:
For € 35, – 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.
If you decide on board that you would like to rent sailing clothes or boots, the price will be € 50 for a sailing suit and € 20 for boots.
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.