If you don’t pick the right housing for your stuff, you may end up with sodden clothes, broken gadgets and a pretty foul crash in morale. Take note of the following:
Specifically designed for sailing or watersports. They’re soft-sided, extremely waterproof and laden with inner compartments.
To enclose your electronic devices in and outside your bag, opt for transparent containers for your mobile, iPod, camera, earphones and the like.
The key criteria for choosing what clothes and shoes to take is the following:
If you’re venturing to sunny climes, make sure your clothing in low UV light exposure has up to 20 UPF, in medium UV light exposure has 25-35 UPF, and high UV light exposure has a 40-50+ rating.
The aim here is lightweight warmth, so that it allows freedom of movement while locking heat in and letting perspiration escape.
For occasional/recreational/fine weather sailing: Clothing with a lower waterproof rating.
For expert-level, race, endurance or foul weather sailing: A jacket equipped with waterproof, warm, breathable and adjustable features.
Gadgets & Extras
Tailor your packing list with three things in mind: The length of time you’re going away for, the climate[s] you’ll be sailing in, and the type of sailing that’s on the cards… Packing for a G&T-sipping sail cruise or a high-wind adrenaline packed sailing trip is as different as a beach holiday is to a skiing one… but either way, sails up!
For more information on inshore and offshore gear and how they differ, see our article: Offshore and Inshore gear.