What people take with the when they go sailing varies by the kind of sailing they are doing, where they are sailing, their experience and personal preferences, but here we try and give those uncertain what to bring some guidelines on useful items to have with you during a sailing holiday with Greece Charter.
If your holiday falls between mid-May and the end of September. you won’t need much in the way of clothes! A couple of swimsuits. towels, some T-shirts and shorts and something casual for the evenings are all you need. It’s a good idea to include a windproof jacket in case of stronger winds. It is also good to have sailing gloves to protect your hands and ofﬁce calluses.
Closed non-slip shoes (deck shoes/sports shoes) are a must for safety on board and don’t forget to bring a sun hat, sunglasses and include plenty of sunscreen for protection from the sun. Reﬂection from the water means you soak up a lot of sun while sailing.
It is preferable to pack in soft bags rather than hard suitcases as hard cases are more difficult to stow away in lockers on board. It’s a good idea to chose soft bags with wheels or have a collapsible trolley for ease of transport. What we guarantee you won’t need is a stepladder!
For early and late season sailing; before mid-May and after September. a ﬂeece/sweater and some warm trousers may be necessary and it’s wise to include wet weather gear too —just in case!
Most brands of soap. shower gel, shampoo. sunscreen etc. are sold in Greece although they tend to be more expensive from the small harbour-side shops. If you take prescribed medicine, it is advisable to bring enough with you for the duration of your holiday. Although all our yachts have a basic ﬁrst aid kit, it is a good idea to carry one of your own which should includes travel sickness pills, antiseptic cream, insect repellent, antihistamine cream/gel for insect bites and anything else you personally may need.
Although you will probably ﬁnd everything you need in the supermarkets in Greece. if you have food allergies (milk, wheat gluten, etc.) it is advisable to bring the substitutes you use at home as they may not be readily available in the small shops you will be using in Greece.
You will of course need your passport or ID card (EU member countries). If you are from a non-EU country you should check with your Greek consulate as to whether you need to apply for a visa. You should also bring your sailing certiﬁcates as they are sometimes requested by the Port Police. If you intend to hire a car, motorbike or other vehicle whilst on holiday you should also bring your driving license. Your personal holiday insurance documents and ifyou are from a European Union member country, the EU medical card should be included in your hand luggage.
We recommend that you bring a combination of cash and travelers cheques together with your credit cards. Most of the time it is better to buy your Euros in Greece. You can use bank ATM cash machines in most places to obtain Euros so long as your bank card operates while abroad; not all do.
You can use credit cards in shops and restaurants Poros and the larger ports you may visit.
Remember that the smaller and more remote ports may have no banks; no ATMs and that in small tavemas credit cards may not be accepted. It’s therefore a good idea to carry enough cash to buy daily supplies and pay for dinner, especially if you are bareboat chartering and going further aﬁeld.
You will need a continental 2 pin plug adapter for use on shore (charging cameras, phones, etc. in tavern & cafes). As all our yachts have 12v sockets it would convenient to bring the appropriate 12v charger (car plug) for your laptop, mobile phone, digital camera, etc.
To make things easy, here’s a checklist!