5 tips for a great holiday under the sails
Planning on spending your holiday on a sailboat? Here are 5 tips on how best to prepare for it.
- DON’T OVERPACK
As you probably already know, space is quite limited on boats. So only pack the bare necessities. Put your things in a backpack or a flexible bag which is easy to place in any corner of the boat. Under no circumstances should you bring huge, square suitcases.
We know that jackets and trousers are the furthest things from your mind at a temperature of +30°C. But it can get very windy on the open seas, and, naturally, wet. Therefore, it is prudent to prepare for all sorts of conditions.
Be sure to pack swimming trunks, shorts and a T-shirt, trousers and a long-sleeved top, as well as a windbreaker / waterproof jacket.
The deck of a boat is definitely no place for high-heeled shoes nor dark or coloured-sole shoes. The heels can damage the surface of the boat, and coloured soles leave visible marks on the deck.
Your best choice are boat shoes, which have a rubber, non-slip sole and a quick-drying upper surface covered in special leather.
Of course, trainers could also come in handy – as long as the upper layer isn’t canvas and the sole isn’t coloured.
The most important thing about footwear is that it’s closed, since the boat provides countless opportunities for stubbing your toes and cracking something.
- GET READY FOR THE SUN
Be sure to pack a hat, sunglasses and sunscreen. The sun burns evens stronger at sea than on land, since the sunrays reflected by the water are almost as dangerous as a direct exposure to the sun.
- OTHER USEFUL TIPS
If you have long hair, tie it into a ponytail. Avoid bulky accessories and jewellery, as well as long, billowy clothes. You’ll have a lot of ropes in your midst, so avoid anything that can get you into a bind.
And the most important thing – make the most of it!