THE ULTIMATE PACKING GUIDE FOR YOUR SAILING HOLIDAY IN CROATIA
Sun on your cheeks, white of foamy sea waves, gentle vibration of seagull voice, vicinity of silence, fresh air and… well, wait a minute! - Before achieving all of this, you have to pack your oh-no-packing-again luggage! This is what is said to be the worst part of holidays. Don’t worry though, nothing worth having comes easy. Between chaotically recalling marvelous marine memories one after another and spreading the panic, I warmly invite you to read the following text. Will help!
Suitcase is considered to bring bad luck among sailors. It is preferable to use soft bags with wheels or duffel bags when packing. You can easily keep them in lockers onboard. Everything you bring on board, must fit in your cabin. Storage is very limited, pack a few days ahead – so that you can have a good look at everything and evaluate what you really do and do not need. First of all – bring little! You can leave any unnecessary items or luggage at our port and pick them up when you return.
- PAPER STUFF
Especially when you are going on sailing vacation abroad, you should remember about:
- valid ID card/passport or visa and a copy of it
- sailing certificates and VHF license
- driving license, in case you would like to hire a car (in Croatia available above the age of 21)
- travel insurance
- cash / credit / debit / prepaid cards – pack them in different places in case one is lost, damaged, stolen. Check to see the total cost of using an ATM abroad and what your daily limit is
- enough currency cash (HRK) to get daily supplies when needed
Remember, comfortable is much more important than stylish!
- swimwear and a change of it
- beach towels (you can also rent them at our Nava marina to save precious luggage room – they only cost 5 € a piece)
- casual period-adjusted clothes (windproof and waterproof jacket and a hoodie would be always a plus, waters are treacherous); for women sarong could be useful
- sailing hat that stays on and has a chin string or another headgear to avoid a sunstroke
- sailing gloves might come in handy
- sunglasses with neck cord
- non-slip, designated pair for boat use only & all-terrain open footwear for walking on land. Reef shoes are good for walking around on the boat, they are quite cheap and handy if you swim ashore and then walk along the shore. No street shoes are allowed on board, using the same pair of shoes for both boat and land can damage the deck, as pebbles get lodged in the tread and they scratch the boat
- some clothing for land use while eating out at night – the attire shouldn’t be formal to not take too much
- sunscreen (super-waterproof, SPF 30 to 50) plus after sun, a good moisturizing cream, face cream or oil – your skin dries to an uncomfortable condition without it
- lip balm with SPF 15 or better
- a wide-brimmed hat (and a cord to make sure it stays on your head rather than fall over board) or a cap
- toiletries (shampoo, shower gel, soap; in small plastic travel bottles)
- prescription medicines and alert your crew if you have any allergies (e.g. bee sting or peanuts and always have medicines for such emergencies and introduce your crew what needs to be done if such occurs)
- a basic first aid kit is already on board (band aids, aspirins, motion sickness pills, gauzes, waterproof ban aids, gloves, scissors etc.) but you must bring your own personal medications and you may consider adding ginger as a great natural treatment for motion sickness – it means… ginger cookies, candied ginger without having to feel guilty over how much you’ve had! Many people find wrist seabands effective. We do not recommend the patches – they are too strong and you may suffer more from the treatment than the seasickness itself, herb teas might also get you going again, insect repellent, anti-histamine for insect bites, antiseptic cream and all you think is required. For bruises and strained muscles - Arnica cream which is a homeopathic and painkilling remedy works perfectly
- closed insulated sports type water bottles (tap water is safe for drinking in Croatia, however the water from boat tanks is not recommendable for drinking) – you must drink all the time to prevent from dehydration. You will require much more water than usually because you are not accustomed to being in the sun and wind all day long. You can pre-order water and other supplies and have them waiting for you on board when you arrive or buy them upon arrival.
- if you have special dietary needs, buy supplies before reaching smaller islands
- a dry-sack for takings things ashore
- (waterproof) camera with memory card and a charger/batteries
- cell phone with a charger (solar chargers are perfect)
- books (e-book to save the place), deck of cards, games, thumb drives with music
- LED lamp
- snorkel, fins and googles for snorkeling if you have your personal gear that you are used to, or you can also rent some at our Nava marina if you want to save room in your luggage (15 € per set)
WHAT NOT TO PACK:
- a hairdryer - it is available on the spot, just ask the Nava team or maybe try beach-waves-hairstyle that is quite popular lately
- heeled shoes, as they could damage the deck
- precious jewelry - it gets broken or lost on board
- bed linen
- bath towels – we provide 2 large and 1 small towel on board
- if you want to save extra space in your luggage: you can also rent beach towels with Nava (at 5 €/towel)
- one more time: bring less! Do not take more than one large or two small soft sided bags, duffels or backpacks
ISSUES WORTH NOTICING:
- remember about the dress code: it is not polite to wear bathing suits into town, restaurants etc.
- obey the sailing procedures
- keep the sea clean
- in case you need help, contact our Nava team through our VPN mobile on board or call 112
There’s nothing left to say but – enjoy your freedom on board!
By Alicja & Jelena at 10 Jun 2016, 13:06 PM