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What to Pack for a Greek Island Sailing Trip

February 27, 2017

What to Pack for a Greek Island Sailing Trip

Packing for a sailing trip around the Greek Islands seems like it should be easy, you just through a swimsuit, short and sunscreen and go right?! Well, that might be fine on a cruise, but reading the list provided by the sailing company I was unsure how to pack and what to pack it in.

Surprisingly I only found a few blog posts regarding packing for a sailing or boat trip. One was The Blonde Abroad’s post on packing for yacht week. The other was Her Packing List. Both are great lists but were not for a two-week trip, and only one was for a trip to Greece. My trip was for two weeks and included nights out for dinner almost every night.

I recommend only bringing cotton and linen items as you will feel much more comfortable in those fabrics, and they dry quickly. You may be able to get laundry done on one of the islands.

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Clothing

 

4-5 pairs of shorts – I only brought three and kicked myself for taking the 4th pair out at the last minute. Yes, I did laundry, but even linen takes time to dry in the humid air.

5-6 t-shirts and tank tops – I brought this many because I tend to spill on myself!

7-8 pairs of underwear- You can bring more or less depending on how much hand washing you want to do

3-4 bras – You will probably be in your swimsuit every day during the day

1 pair of pants – The nights can get chilly, and I was happy to have them

3-4 dresses – We went out to dinner every night, but one and I only brought 3 and wished I had one more for variety

Windbreaker – Preferably one that is waterproof. It rained one day and one rough sea day and mine kept me warm.

3-4 swimsuits – I brought too many! Probably isn’t a thing, but I wore my two bikinis the most.

1-2 coverups or sarongs – I wore my cover up when walking to beaches from the boat. You could also wear your shorts, but then they might be wet. I made sure mine were long enough to be comfortable to wear inside a shop or restaurant I might want to pop into along the way.

Hat – Make sure it has a strap to keep it on in the wind or attach it to your clothes with a clip.

Shoes

1 pair of flip flops – Essential for the beach.

1-2 pairs of sandals – Good for going out. Don’t bring heels. We walked far one some nights for dinner, and the streets are not even. If you must be high, bring wedges. The link I have included here are my favorite sandals from Aerosoles. They are comfortable and stylish. (I think I am on my third pair!)

1 pair of deck shoes with light colored soles – These are especially important if you plan on helping with the sailing of the boat. They will protect your toes from getting broken! These Nike ones had breathable mesh, and I loved them.

Toiletries

Sunscreen – Bring as much as you think you will need. You can buy it in Greece, but it will be very expensive. Don’t bring spray sunscreen as it can make everything slippery

Deodorant – It is hot!

Make-up – Most days I only applied this at night for dinner. For day, I either wore nothing or cc cream with sunscreen

Shampoo/Conditioner – For two weeks, I brought full sized bottles because I have long hair. You may be able to get away with less. The sea and the wind do take a toll on your hair, so conditioner is a must.

Hair texturizer – You will not be able to blow dry your hair on the boat, so bring something to style your hair (if you want). The link it so my favorite sea salt spray.

Bar of soap – I found this much easier and one less liquid to bring on onboard.

Lotion – The sea and the sun will dry your skin out. Bring something that doubles as after-sun (something with aloe vera).

Bug wipes – There are mosquitos in Greece. I prefer bug wipes as again, one less liquid and it doesn’t spray everywhere. Get the unscented ones!

Bags

Rolling duffle bag – There is nowhere to store a traditional rolling suitcase. You need a bag that can be squished flat for storage. The one I chose had a small hard bottom, which offered some protection for fragile things and liquids.

Day bag – You will want something to carry while sightseeing.

Beach bag – I didn’t bring one but was given a tote on arrival in Athens, and I was so glad as I brought it to the beach.

Evening bag – You may want something to carry to dinner instead of your day bag.

Dry bags – If you bring a camera or any other electronics, you should bring at least one dry bag. This will keep it protected if you have to take the dingy to shore.

Technology

Camera – This goes without saying, but you will want your camera.

E-reader  – If you are a big reader like me, then bringing several books was easier with an e-reader.

Other

Beach towel – The company I went with did not provide beach towels, so I brought a Turkish towel for the beach. They are thinner than a regular towel, are super absorbent and can act as a sarong in a pinch.

Clothes pins – You will want to hang your clothes to dry, and the boat may have some pins, but if everyone hangs up at the same time, the pins go quickly.

Earplugs  – Some harbors are loud at night, and wearing earplugs helped me to get to sleep and stay asleep.

Have you been sailing? What do you recommend to pack?

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20 Comments

  • Reply Janis February 28, 2017 at 12:55 am

    Great advice, Tiffany. And a good list to keep for any beach vacation. Makes me want to go! Wind and dust here! Nicely written!

    • Reply Tiffany February 28, 2017 at 7:26 am

      Thank you Janis! Yes, this would also be helpful for a beach vacation. Ah Lubbock and the dust reminds of me Qatar! Haha!

  • Reply Caitlin Jean February 28, 2017 at 8:47 am

    Bookmarking this post for my Croatia sailing / cycle trip in July 🙂 Thanks

    • Reply Tiffany February 28, 2017 at 9:22 am

      Oh that sounds fun! Once I am back from Georgia we should catch up!

  • Reply Katy Clarke March 2, 2017 at 12:14 pm

    Thanks Tiffany. Packing is my travelling achilles heel. This is a great list and so much more glam than my husband’s when he does his sailing trips. Hee hee #Farawayfiles
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    • Reply Tiffany March 2, 2017 at 12:55 pm

      You’re welcome! Hope this helps. I have become an expert packer.

  • Reply Ruth March 3, 2017 at 4:47 am

    Wow! I have not even though about a Greek sailing. Sounds fabulous! I do not have problems packing light, so, this list will work for me. #FarawayFiles
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    • Reply Tiffany March 3, 2017 at 7:50 am

      It was one of the best vacations I have ever had!! So glad you like the list.

  • Reply Amandaq March 3, 2017 at 4:53 pm

    Good list, and a Greek sailing holiday sounds amazing! I always struggle with packing too much or not enough.

    • Reply Tiffany March 3, 2017 at 6:03 pm

      Thank you. It was! Packing is hard to figure out.

  • Reply Christine @afamilyday March 4, 2017 at 11:00 am

    I certainly second the need for bug repellent on the islands – or is it just me the mosquitoes love so much?!

    • Reply Tiffany March 4, 2017 at 6:57 pm

      They love me too!!!

  • Reply Clare (Suitcases and Sandcastles) March 5, 2017 at 3:23 pm

    I love that sunhat of yours, Tiffany! We go often to the Greek islands and I live in cotton and jersey dresses that don’t crease and lots of bikinis. I haven’t been sailing there yet although we’d love to. I take lots of books as well – I can’t bring myself to read on an e-reader so they make my suitcase really heavy! Great to read these on #FarawayFiles
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    • Reply Tiffany March 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Thanks! Yes, dresses are your best friend. I like that I can buy a book on the e-reader if I run out. You have to go sailing!

  • Reply Traci York March 5, 2017 at 4:58 pm

    Haven’t been sailing (not longer than an afternoon, anyway), but now I SO want to visit the Greek Islands!
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    • Reply Tiffany March 6, 2017 at 8:35 am

      Oh you would love it then!!

  • Reply Erin Gustafson | Oregon Girl Around the World March 7, 2017 at 12:36 pm

    This sounds soo lovely – I do love any reason to procure a new sundress! Cheers and thanks for sharing with #FarawayFiles, Eriin

    • Reply Tiffany March 7, 2017 at 2:04 pm

      I wanted to go back while writing this packing list!! Thanks

  • Reply James March 22, 2017 at 12:33 pm

    Helpful blog! Thanks for the list.

    • Reply Tiffany March 22, 2017 at 1:22 pm

      Thank you! Glad you found it helpful.

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