Keep in mind that storage space on a sailing vessel is usually limited and not conducive to hard-sided suitcases. Please bring soft sided luggage as hard sided luggage can damage the glossy varnished woodwork and floors. It is a good idea to choose bags with wheels or bags which have a collapsible trolley for the ease of transport.
Pack your bag and if it is uncomfortable for you to carry it, then you have packed way too much! You will need casual wear such as shorts, T-shirts, swimwear and shoes that can get wet with saltwater. It is a good idea to include a windproof jacket in case of stronger winds. Closed non-slip shoes are a must for safety on board. For the early and late season sailing - before mid-May and after September, a fleece/sweater and some warm trousers may be necessary and it is wise to include a wet weather gear too - just in case.
Toiletries and medication
Don’t forget to bring a sun hat, sunglasses and plenty of sunscreen as you will be spending a lot of time out in the open. Although most yachts have a basic first aid kit, it is a good idea to carry one of your own which should include the travel sickness pills, antiseptic cream, insect repellent, antihistamine cream/gel for insect bites and anything else you personally may need. For those passengers who need certain medications, be sure to bring enough for the duration of the trip, and perhaps extra in case of an emergency.
Don't forget to bring your passport, as well as a copy of your passport to keep in a separate place in case your original is lost. Take with you the charter package paperwork and in the case if you are chartering a bareboat do not forget your original skipper license, permit, certificate or other type of document which will prove you have the necessary skills needed for a certain type of boat. If you travel to places which need extra permits/Visa, do not forget to bring those with you! When it comes to documents – always check, double check and triple check to make sure you do not start your sailing trip without them!