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Sailing in Grenada: Things You Need to Pack

So, you’ve decided to go sailing in the beautiful Caribbean waters around Grenada as your holiday. Great choice! The next big question is, though: what do you bring with you on your journey? If you’re going on a bareboat So, you’ve decided to go sailing in the beautiful Caribbean waters around Grenada as your holiday. Great choice! The next big question is, though: what do you bring with you on your journey? If you’re going on a bareboat charter, the list will be more extensive. Today we’re going to focus on an all inclusive charter (like the SS Corsair) for the purposes of this list.

If you’re on the right vessel, your crew will have all you need when it comes to safety and enjoyment. But you want to make sure you have what you need to have a comfortable trip! Before we travel we want to make sure we have everything we need. It helps us keep from worrying and missing out on our experience. Keep in mind, though, that traveling light on boats is important as well. This list should serve as a helpful guide for having the most pleasant experience you can.


First things first, let’s talk about what you should bring to wear on your trip! Honestly, it’s not much. Of course what you need to pack is depending on the length of your charter, but for a sailing trip in Grenada, less is more. A swimsuit or two is a given, of course. You will probably find that that’s what you spend most of your time in while on your sailing vacation,. Especially during the day. We recommend two for any trip including an overnight stay so you can always change into a dry suit if you need.

Other than that, a pair of shorts, a couple shirts, a dress or a beach cover up, and pajamas. Those should all satisfy your clothing needs. The wind can be cooler at night on the water, so consider light pajama pants if you usually get a bit chilly. And perhaps a windbreaker or a cozy sweater. On the Corsair, you are provided with a washing machine and dryer, so don’t worry about packing too much. If your trip is several days long, you can wash your clothes and pack lighter for a more carefree vacation.

Sun Protection

We know we said that you will probably spend a lot of time in a swimsuit, and with that, and being on the sea in general, comes a LOT of sun exposure. Of course you can get your tan on, but it’s important that you protect yourself as well. It’s hard to enjoy a trip when your skin hurts every time you move! Do not make the mistake of thinking that you won’t get burnt if you don’t take precautions. The sun near the equator is stronger than in more temperate climates, and it’s always better to be safe than sorry. We would recommend sunscreen with an SPF of at least 30 to be applied regularly throughout the day. Bonus points to you if you can find and use a reef safe brand to keep the sea critters happy and safe too. Of course, there are other options for sun protection as well.

A hat is always a fantastic idea to bring on a sailing trip. A baseball cap is great for face protection, but if you can wear something that has a fuller brim to protect your neck and ears, that’s fantastic. A (preferably long sleeved) rashguard or swim shirt for swimming and snorkeling is also a great idea! If you don’t want to specifically buy a shirt for your trip, a good old fashioned long sleeve t-shirt should do the trick. Be sure to bring a pair of sunglasses to protect your eyes as well.

Excursions and Activity Comfort

Some of the trips that our site offers include a hike. For that, you will want to make sure you bring appropriate footwear if that’s a tour that you chose. Perhaps a small backpack for a snack, sunscreen, a reusable water bottle, and your phone or camera to capture memories of your trip! A reusable water bottle is advised for everyday use. There is ample fresh drinking water on board, and if you keep your bottle refilled and near you, you’re more likely to stay hydrated during your trip. This is another thing that will help you stay happy in the sun. Especially if you’re imbibing some of the fantastic Caribbean rum and cocktails after spending time with your holiday mates!

Provided that you can get a hold of a waterproof phone case, that’s recommended as well. If you’re comfortable keeping your technology put away that’s great, and a fantastic way to disconnect from the outside world and stay focused on those around you. In case you aren’t, however, or you want to use it to take photographs, a waterproof case is a great way to ensure that it stays out of the way of the sea spray. And remember to pack a beach towel!

Just in case...

While all ships should have a first-aid kit on board, it’s always a good idea to pack a couple essentials. Anti-inflammatory medication like ibuprofen or is a good idea in the case of a headache, a sunburn… or a hangover. Antihistamines, if you know you are allergic to anything. Anti-itch cream, aloe vera, and antibiotic ointments are a great idea for topically treating any skin irritation. This may occur from sun exposure or touching something you’re unfamiliar with in the water or on a hike (like a jellyfish or an irritating plant). Travel sized options for all of these items are a great idea to save on space.

Whichever experience you choose for your dream holiday in Grenada, we hope that this list aids in your ability to enjoy it to the fullest!

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