Ask the Stylist: Sailing Holiday

July 16, 2009

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Ask the Stylist: Sailing Holiday

Question: What to pack for a sailing holiday?  I have been thinking about this for a while and was hoping you might be able to shed some light on the subject.  A little advice would go a long way right now.

Ahoy there matey. That’s an interesting question.

Usually your sailing holiday provider should give you a list of essentials to take with you for the sailing part of the holiday – this may include:

 – Sailing “booties” or something you can wear in the water if there are rocks
 – They should supply the drysuit or wetsuit, if not, you can bring you own – check up on the temperature of the water as you may only require a thin one (3mm) or none at all
 – Two towels, one for sailing use and one for accommodation use. (Your hotel or accommodation may provide these, best to check)
 – A sunhat or cap for when you’re out on the water helps – you will be very exposed to the sun when you’re on the water so take care and ensure that you are covered in a high SPF sun cream
  – A spare bag to hang your shower stuff in
 – A plastic bag – you may have wet gear to carry back 


If you want your sunglasses to stay on as you sail, buy an elastic sunglasses headband that will keep your sunglasses on your head while you splash around.

See which sunglasses suit your face shape from a previous “Ask the Stylist” article.


A nice bikini or swimsuit is always good to have, as you may be stripping down to this on the boat, situation permitting.  Find out what swimwear suits your body shape from our Swimwear Guide which was published on on 14 July.

Après sail

You didn’t mention if your sailing holiday was at home or abroad?

If it’s in a sunny destination check the Holiday Packing Guide article here where most items are applicable.

If it’s in the UK or Ireland, pack a hoodie, raincoat and pair of jeans in case the weather turns bad.

Count the amount of days you’ll be away and how much spare time outside of sailing you will have, and pack accordingly. If you’ve 6 nights away, pack three outfits which you can mix and match on alternative nights, wearing each item only twice.

You will certainly need shorts and t-shirts, comfortable shoes (perhaps “deck” shoes if you have them) and flip flops (Havaianas are a great brand available in lots of colours).

Find out if the sailing holiday resort has evening entertainment planned for you, and if so, take along something “dressier” for the evening – white jeans and a sparkly top, or a dress.

Kaftans (beach cover-ups) can also be worn as evening wear and are light to pack.

Extras for your sailing holiday

A waterproof camera, waterproof mascara and lots of sun cream are recommended!

And finally, have a great holiday!

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2 Responses to “Ask the Stylist: Sailing Holiday”

  1. cleansheets Says:

    My sailing days are long since past but here’s what I remember: The most important thing about footwear is that it’s non marking and won’t mark the deck (that’s why deck shoes have white soles) and don’t wear jeans on board – once wet they are cold and don’t dry easily. Bon Voyage!

  2. Allison Brown Says:

    What a facinating blog. I’ve bookmarked it and added your feed to my RSS Reader

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