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Wondering what to pack in your suitcase when embarking on your yachting adventure to find a job?! ⁣ When I first left Australia in search of a job on yachts, I had zero winter clothes 🤦🏻‍♀️ thinking I would get a job on a boat and be chasing summers around the world.

…What I didn’t realise is yachts can be doing shipyards in the European winters, your “off” time will most likely not be in the summer and you pretty much live in air conditioning onboard. *Brrrrr

To help make it easier for you, I’ve made a GO-TO Yacht Crew Travel Packing list which you can download below. From the staples to the extras you may want to consider. From how many bikinis you actually wear, to seamless underwear (girls) and how to half your toiletries.

Other items to consider: • Do not pack a hard suitcase, space is SO limited onboard. You must buy a soft top suitcase. My go-to is from Eastpak and has lasted so many years through so many boats and travel adventures, it folds flat and is easily stored away • Noise cancelling headphones (In my eyes very necessary onboard… from drowning out anchor noises to noisy roommates) I have a pair of Bose Noise cancelling headphones which have lasted for nearly 6 years • ⁣Photos from home 🤍 • Hard copies of all your yachting certificates (must not forget these… also save a scanned version to a USB or send it to your email so can email them quickly to recruit agencies and captains)

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Packing Essentials for your first Yacht Job

Packing your suitcase for a job on a luxury yacht is nothing like packing as a guest. You’ll need to pack light due to limited space, which may seem like a near impossible task if you are a first-timer! We have tips to help you to pack only the essentials.

Choosing a good suitcase, bag or travel backpack

Before you even start deciding what to pack, you’ll need to know what you’re going to be packing your belongings in. Stay clear of hard, square-shape suitcases, which are challenging to store on board. Instead, look for a collapsible bag like a backpack, sports bag, or duffel bag that has wheels at one end for ease of transportation from one point to another.

No yachtie could live without flip-flops. You may wear deck shoes while dockwalking, but as soon as you get that job you will live most of your yachting life in flip-flops, or even barefoot. 

In addition to your flops, pack a pair of shoes that can be used purely indoors on the boat, like sneakers. 

Pack only what you need. Storage space in crew cabins is extremely limited – you risk getting off on the wrong foot with your cabin-mate if you try to force masses of clothes into your tiny, shared hanging space. Once the season starts you’ll be wearing your uniform or PJs most of the time anyway. Weather and season play a big role in what you pack. Make sure that what you have is interchangeable and can be layered: a couple of sets of warm clothes and a jacket such as a puffer that can easily be compacted. Bring along some casual summer clothes – opt for a few tops and bottoms in basic colours that you can easily mix and match. A pair of old shorts and t-shirts is always a good idea in case you are asked to do some grubby work during the day.

Swimwear, a beach towel or sarong, and sunglasses are staples. Get sunglasses with polarised lenses if possible, especially if going for a job on deck. Wear a watch at all times to help you stay punctual, as this is a vital aspect of working on a yacht. Pack a comfy pair of track pants and a hoodie for relaxing and watching movies in the crew house. For female crew, a skin-tone tank top or nude undergarments are a good investment as white uniforms may be a bit transparent. Try to pack your clothes as efficiently as possible by rolling each item rather than folding. This not only prevents wrinkles, but creates more space for bulkier items like toiletries and gadgets.

When you get a job on a yacht, you likely won’t have to worry about buying standard toiletries. Many yachts provide the basics like shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, razors and blades (some yachts), sunscreen, and moisturiser. Small travel-size versions of specific brands that you like are useful to make up for the products your vessel doesn’t provide and will tide you over whilst on land. Avoid bringing a truckload of cosmetics and other products to clutter up your cabin bathroom. If you are wearing make-up, consider onlpacking those that don’t take up a lot of space, like a multi-purpose base/BB Cream or moisturiser and mascara.


You will be working long hours and it’s important to stay on top of your health. Energy drinks and coffee may work for a little while, but are not a long-term solution. Bring vitamins and other necessary supplements to help you stay in top shape! Of course, if you require any special medication, be sure to check that you have packed those too.

Tech, Gadgets & Books

There are a few tech essentials you may want to pack, as well as things to keep you busy in your off time:

  • A USB stick (and a spare) for your CV and other documents. Laminate original documents such as certificates and email yourself scanned copies of these, your passport, driving licence, and credit cards. Get an international driving licence if possible, but this is not critical as you’ll be spending most of your time on the boat.
  • A global adaptor plug and an unlocked smartphone you can put a local sim card into. 
  • A Kindle or other device for reading when you want to hide out in your cabin and get some ‘me’ time.
  • If you have a light, small laptop or iPad, feel free to bring it, but make sure that you have travel insurance (health and theft). 
  • If you enjoy taking photos, a smartphone will have to do. It takes up much less space than a big camera!
  • Noise cancelling headphones for watching movies, and/or ear plugs to help you sleep (close quarters) are a good investment.

Tip: Download books or movies before you leave land – you’ll be unpleasantly surprised at how slow the internet on many superyachts is and captains will often restrict your wifi access to preserve bandwidth for the guests.

Personal Items – Sentimental Stuff

Think about small items that will help you relax, feel at home and less homesick when stress runs high. Some ideas include photos of family or friends (remember that the internet might be really slow, or sometimes restricted for crew to use – so you likely won’t have access to Facebook or Instagram), a journal, essential oils, and a sleeping mask. 

Nice to Have Items Where Space Allows

For the days where you do get a break, it’s really nice to have your own set of beach basics and equipment such as a snorkel, mask, fins and possibly a wetsuit. Only pack these if you really have the space. You may be able to borrow from another crew member or from the yacht.

A good mantra to help you decide if you should pack something or not, is “when in doubt, leave it out”. We hope that you have fun gearing up for your journey. If you have any questions or queries, or would like suggestions regarding travel bags, get in touch with us , or download our ultimate guide to working on a yacht (which includes all of our personal tips!).

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The Crew Coach: Packing Essentials for New Yacht Crew

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Knowing what to pack for when you first step onto a yacht can seem like a daunting task and is one of the most frequently asked questions by green yacht crew.

So many people have been asking me this question lately I thought I’d resend this article about what to pack when you’re coming to the South of France to look for work on yachts.

Q: T, England:

“I’m coming to look for a job on a superyacht this summer, and I was wondering if you have any advice on what I should pack, and what to wear when dockwalking. I know packing light is essential, but are there any other things you think I should bring?”

What a thoughtful, useful question! There’s actually a fair bit to know about what to pack for a yachting career, things that you couldn’t possibly know without experience.

Before you even start deciding what to pack, it is crucial to know what to pack your stuff in. A hard, square-type suitcase is not going to win you any immediate friends when you do get a job as hard suitcases are really problematic for onboard storage. Use a collapsible bag instead – either a MacPac type backpack or a sports bag that has wheels at one end for ease of lugging from the station to your accommodation.

Flip Flops :

No yachtie could live without flip-flops. You may wear deck shoes while dockwalking, but as soon as you get that job you will live most of your yachting life in flip-flops.

Pack Light :

Storage space in crew cabins is extremely limited- you risk getting off on the wrong foot with your cabin-mate if you try to force masses of clothes into the tiny shared hanging space. Once the season starts you’ll be wearing your uniform or PJs most of the time, and you’ll soon be shopping for nice new clothes with those lovely yachting dollars!

Toiletries :

When you get a job on a yacht you won’t have to buy the following: shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, razors and blades (some yachts), suncream and moisturizer. Therefore bring small travel size versions of these to tide you over and don’t bring a truckload of cosmetics and other products to clutter up your cabin bathroom with. Keep thinking bare minimum, you will have plenty of chances to buy new fancy products once you get a job.

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Everyday Essentials :

If you’re arriving in March/April the weather can be quite changeable: glorious sunshine one day, raining or even hailing the next. In fairness it’s mostly sunny but it can be quite chilly so bring a couple of sets of warm clothes and a warm jacket – preferably not a bulky one: a puffer that squishes up small for packing is perfect. If you're arriving from May to August you can safely leave the winter coats, scarves, gloves and boots at home - you can always get them sent over later if you’re going to be somewhere cold (or buy new ones!). A light jacket or jumper is all you need. On that one day it rains, buy a small foldable umbrella.

Other than that, casual summer clothes like dresses, skirts, t-shirts, shorts, swimwear, a beach towel or sarong and sunglasses really are the staples of a yachting wardrobe. On that note, good sunglasses are really important: get polarised lenses if possible, especially if going for a job on deck. I think it’s a good idea to pack a good pair of sneakers too: keeping fit is a great way to stay in shape and keep your motivation up. I’d also throw in a comfy pair of tracky pants and sweater top or hoodie for chilling out watching movies on watch or in the crew house.

Dressing Down :

Most yachting ports are quite casual places. High heels and lots of makeup at a yachting bar (such as the Blue Lady in Antibes or the Corner Bar in Palma), are going to make you look a bit out of place (especially if you’re a guy!). Pack mostly casual clothes.

Dressing Up :

Your interview clothes should be able to double up as a ‘going out’ clothes if necessary for a smart dinner – pack one pair of good shoes for this purpose as they will be the most expensive thing to buy if you forget them.

Job-hunting wear:

You’ll need dockwalking clothes and a smart interview outfit for registering with crew agencies and job interviews. See my Pinterest page HERE for ideas of what to wear depending on the type of work you are looking for.

Day Work Clothes :

If you have a pair of old shorts and an old Tshirt, pack them too – you may be asked to do some grubby work while dayworking, and while most boats will provide uniform for you to daywork in, others won’t. You don’t want to be paid 100 euro for a day’s work, only to have to spend a chunk of it on a new pair of shorts because you ruined your good ones.

The Right Technology:

A USB stick (and a spare) for your CV and other documents. Laminate original documents such as certificates and email yourself scanned copies of these, your passport, driving license and credit cards. Get an international driving license if possible. Don’t forget your global adaptor plug and an unlocked smartphone you can put a local sim card in. Some movies on your hard drive and books on your Kindle for those occasions you want to hide out in your cabin and get some ‘me’ time.

If you have a light, small laptop or iPad do bring it but make sure you have travel insurance (health and theft). Forget your massive camera with all the fancy lenses and stick with your smartphone camera. Less is more, believe me. Tip: download books or movies before you leave your strong land internet connection-you’ll be unpleasantly surprised at how slow the internet is on many superyachts, and captains often will restrict your access to preserve bandwidth for the guests.

Pack to look the part and get your yachting career off to a good start. Don’t try and stand out with what you wear – let your personality do the talking. Yes, you will look like everyone else in white and beige, and that is perfect: you will look exactly like yacht crew.

Do you have any other things to add to the essential packing list for prospective yacht crew? If so please share them with us in the comments below!

First published by OnboardOnline on 9th March 2016. Last updated on 15th December 2020.

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Sailing Gear Essentials: the Ultimate Packing List (and PDF)

When I first started, I wish I had an overview of what I need right now, and might possibly want in the future. So here's the list with all sailing essentials.

What gear do I need for sailing? You need clothes that dry quickly, deck shoes with good grip that don't leave marks, and multiple layers of clothing. You also want to bring water and sunscreen. Depending on your type of sailing and your role onboard, you need different kinds of specialty gear.

It really matters what sort of trip you're planning. Also, if you're the skipper, you're responsible for bringing a lot of additional skipper & boat gear. I've specified the complete list below for all different conditions and roles.

I've also made a printable checklist that you can download for free.

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Gear essentials: quick summary, essential sailing clothes, skipper gear, gear you need if you own a boat, related questions.

What you need to bring depends on the sort of trip, the trip length, and your role.

I categorize gear into four types of gear:

Clothing - There are some basic rules for clothing, which I'll explain below. But the best way to know what kind of clothes to wear is asking the skipper or sailors that are regulars in the area. Weather conditions on the water are very different from land.

Crew gear - All other personal things like paperwork and toiletries. Only applies for trips of multiple days or international journeys.

Boat gear - Navigation equipment, electronics, and safety gear. Boat gear is always the responsibility of the skipper, so if you're joining as crew, you don't have to worry about this.

Supplies - You always need supplies, and with long trips, this can really add up. But with one-day trips, you don't really need to worry beyond water, since there will probably be restaurants and stores around. However, you never know: a simple trip around the lake can end up in spending the night there. Mechanical breakdown happens all the time, so perhaps you want to bring at least some food and extra water.

Below I'll go into more detail for each of the different gear categories. You'll also find all of these items on the downloadable checklist. But first, let's quickly take a look at the packing list for beginner day-sailors.

What you need to bring as crew on a 1-day sailing trip:

If you're tagging along for a short trip as (beginner) crew, you don't need to bring much. You need to wear appropriate clothes and bring a bottle of water and sunscreen. Appropriate clothes are:

  • multiple base layers of clothing that are comfortable and dry quickly
  • non-marking deck shoes that provide a good grip like sneakers or boat shoes
  • sweater and (sailing) jacket
  • sun protection, like a hat or cap, and long sleeve shirts

I'll go into multiple day trips below, but first I want to take a look at the stuff each skipper needs to consider when planning a trip.

Factors that determine the supplies and boat and crew gear

If you're the skipper, you're responsible for the boat gear and any necessary supplies. You need to decide what navigation equipment you need, and how much fuel, food, and what safety gear to bring. To make planning easier, I've created a system for myself.

There are basically three kinds of trips that determine what safety and boat gear I need to bring:

  • freshwater trips - not a lot needed besides basic navigation tools
  • coastal and offshore trips - more safety gear required by the USCG
  • ocean passages - besides more safety gear, also more supplies and tools needed

Freshwater trips - Freshwater trips are the easiest to plan. There isn't a lot of safety gear required by the Coast Guard, and you don't need a lot of supplies or fuel, because there's always a gas station nearby. So no worries here. You just need to bring your basic navigation tools. Something like a compass and marine chart will do fine, or perhaps a chartplotter.

Coastal and offshore trips - For coastal and offshore trips you need to bring a lot more safety gear, especially on larger boats. You'll also want more navigation gear, and you'll need more anchors.

Ocean passages - Ocean passages are the ultimate planning challenge. Besides all safety gear, navigation, and so on, you also need to think about your supplies and bring extra tools. Once you're out there, you're on your own, so you need to be able to do minor repairs yourself.

Make sure to check out my Ultimate Guide to Required Safety Equipment on a Boat . There you'll find a USCG safety gear checklist for all different hull lengths.

Trip length

The second factor that determines required gear is the trip length. Obviously, the longer your trip, the more you'll need to bring.

  • short trips (1-2 days)
  • extended trips (2 - 14 days)
  • ocean passage (multiple weeks)

I mention ocean passage again here because it's usually the longest kind of trip, but it also requires special planning. You need to bring a lot more fuel than on an ordinary two-week trip along the coast because chances are you won't find any gas stations in the middle of the Atlantic.

Also, you need to bring a lot more water onboard, and spare parts for minor engine and sail repairs. With long trips along the coast, you can always find a safe harbor with a store, or request Coast Guard assistance. They will probably be there within a couple of hours at most. But in the middle of the Atlantic, chances are nobody will come for at least a couple of days.

What you need to wear depends on your role and ambitions. If you're just tagging along as crew or a curious landlubber on a sailing yacht, you need to take a good look at your clothes, but you don't need to worry as much about specialty gear. If you're a pro sailor (or want to become one), you need special sailing gloves and wetsuits. And then there are foul weather clothes for heavy weather.

For sailing clothes, the rules of thumb are:

  • you want to wear clothes that are appropriate to the climate
  • you want to wear multiple layers because the temperature on the water can change quickly
  • you always want to bring dry clothing
  • wear clothes that dry quickly; neoprene and polyester are great for cold weather, linen is great for warm weather
  • wear clothes that can't be caught in lines or winh; no scarfs or shawls, rather a large blanket or a thick coat for when you get cold

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  • in cold weather, wear heavy, thick undergarments made from water repellant materials. Neoprene sailing socks are great, but wool works as well. Always bring plenty of spares.

Professional sailing clothes

  • sailing gloves
  • boat shoes or sailing boots
  • water shoes
  • polaroid sunglasses with croakies
  • sailing hat, helmsman hat, or cap with retainer clip
  • high-quality sailing jacket (inshore, coastal, and offshore jackets all have different linings)
  • sailing trousers - this can be a polyester legging, made from wetsuit material, or a UV protective, water-repellent chino
  • canvas sailing belt - works than a leather belt in wet conditions
  • drysuit for cold weather

Foul weather/offshore clothes

  • foulies (heavy weather rain suit)
  • ocean trousers or salopettes

Crew gear is stuff every crew member needs to have, including the skipper. The safety gear is the responsibility of the skipper, the rest is up to you.

Safety gear

Each crew member should wear the following safety gear:

  • life jacket - also called a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) - if you go sailing regularly, you might want to consider buying your own
  • whistle for signaling when you go overboard
  • waterproof headlamp for signaling when you go overboard
  • For coastal and offshore sailing: harness and tether - clips you to a fixed padeye onboard to stay within reach when you go overboard

Toiletries (for multiple-day trips)

If you're going out for multiple days on end, be sure to bring your the following toiletries:

  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • medications and perhaps medication for seasickness
  • dry shampoo

If applicable, make sure to bring:

  • passport for international trips
  • diving certificate
  • drivers license
  • dry bag - to protect your precious gear
  • swimming/snorkeling/diving gear
  • fishing gear

Additional gear for multiple-day trips

  • sleeping bag
  • cellphone and charger
  • electronics like an e-reader, tablet, laptop, camera, and chargers
  • 12V to DC adapters
  • power banks and spare batteries for all electronic equipment
  • outlet travel multi-adapters for international trips

As skipper, you need to carry some tools to ensure a safe boat and the general safety:

  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) to transmit location in case of emergency
  • utility knife and marlin spike, or:
  • mariners knife (has a marlin spike) - used to work on the rigging, splitting lines, and so on
  • sailing watch - A digital sailing watch has at least an alarm, which you need for reminding you to do check-ups on the course, weather conditions, and so on. Most sailing watches also have a digital compass and barometer, which is great as a backup.
  • captains log if you use one
  • marine binoculars (with rangefinder)

The skipper needs some additional paperwork:

  • International Certificate of Competence (ICC) - for international trips only
  • USCG skipper's license
  • VHF certificate
  • sailing guides on the area
  • legal paperwork for the boat and captain - like boat registration document, and a photo ID like a driver's license

Boat gear consists of cockpit gear, navigation, communication, and safety gear. For short inland trips, you only need some of that gear. You don't need a lot of navigation equipment since the waters are well mapped and finding your way isn't very difficult. First I'll give you the bare minimum, and then I'll specify each category for longer trips.

The bare essentials:

  • boat compass
  • marine chart
  • required safety gear
  • first aid kit
  • small tool kit or multitool
  • working anchor and rode

Cockpit equipment:

  • wind vane and/or handheld wind meter
  • Cockpit Mayday procedure card
  • compass deviation card
  • boat maintenance log

Navigation equipment:

Bring at least one (but preferably two) the following:

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Using a waterproof bag is the ideal way to protect essentials afloat. Toby Hodges tested a range of current backpacks and cylinder drybags to identify which is best for purpose

Once a novelty, then a go-to item for dinghy sailors, a drybag is now a must have for all sailors and watersports enthusiasts. After all, why would you not keep your kit and valuables waterproof when afloat? But with so many options on the market it can be difficult to choose the best waterproof bag for your needs.

We chose a range of the best bags from 25lt to 50lt as typical options for taking for a day ashore and soon found that these are largely ‘get what you pay for’ items.

If just taking layers ashore/to the beach, a cheap dry tube style bag will be fine, albeit not overly durable or practical in use. Also the typical single shoulder strap these have is not comfortable when the bag is laden.

It is arguably a better investment to choose a more robust backpack or duffel style bag with external pockets, more comfort features and better waterproofing. It should last longer, better protect your kit and be more comfortable to carry.

Overboard and Aquapac are two specialist companies in this market, so we included one of each style bag from both companies.

The bags are not designed to be fully submerged, however with different companies listing different waterproofing claims, we felt a submersion test was the best way to compare waterproofing – a simulation perhaps of falling overboard with a bag on your back.

Actually, they are so buoyant when properly sealed that they would make a useful aid to hold on to if you did fall in.

The results were quite surprising, particularly if you were thinking a cylinder roll top would keep the water out the best. We have also been using the bags regularly over a couple of months to evaluate their comfort and ergonomics.

Each bag was lashed underwater for 10 minutes before seeing if it had leaked and measuring any water ingress.

Bear in mind that it is very hard to actually pull a bag with air in it underwater, so they were kept only at or just below surface level, which is still more than is ever likely or that they are designed to protect against – waterproof bags are typically rated to IP66, which certifies they can handle powerful water jets from any angle.

Best waterproof bag: Backpacks and duffels

Overboard 30lt pro sports backpack.

Reasons to buy

• Adjustable chest straps • Water bottle access

Reasons to avoid

• Fairly small at 30lt

British brand Overboard specialises in waterproof bags and cases with an impressively extensive range and a clear, intuitive website to help you make a suitable choice.

This backpack is a well considered design for dinghy trips ashore and was thus a go-to choice for a week’s vacation, where we used it everyday.

Features I particularly grew to like are the adjustable chest straps and sternum straps which help make it feel like a comfortable hiking backpack, the front mesh for stashing a layer and the side pocket for keeping a water bottle to hand. There is also a small internal pocket for an iPad.

Empty weight: 1.21kg Waterproofing: [300ml ingress] 6/10 Verdict: Well designed, practical and feels durable. A great all-rounder. Rating: 8/10

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Red 40lt kit bag.

• Excellent bag all round • Great waterproofing • Recycled materials

• Duffles that convert to backpacks are not always to comfiest to carry

We selected this bag as our joint winner of our test. There’s a lot to like about this bag and it’s easy to understand why Red’s founder tells me they have become extremely popular.

It’s stylish and light weight, with smooth zips designed not to snag, and the best part is that it’s made out of recycled plastic bottles (TPU). And the zips and seals really work too – this was one of only two bags not to let a drop of water in during our submersion test.

The duffel style design can be carried conventionally over the shoulder or has detachable shoulder straps for use as a backpack. There is one large padded pocket inside which is separate to the interior – ideal for keeping either valuables or wet items separate – plus two more external pockets, so you are spoilt for choice of where to keep essentials.

Clips at each make it easy to attach to the boat to prevent it falling overboard and there’s a sturdy handle too. I scratched my head over the removable inner liner for a while until realising its a changing mat – nice!

Empty weight: 1.4kg Waterproofing: Dry. 10/10 Verdict: Stylish design is backed up by quality construction and waterproofing. Rating: 9/10

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Zhik 30lt Drybag

• Carrying comfort • Looks great • Wide shoulder straps

• No chest strap for heavy loads • No external zipped pockets

An aesthetically and ergonomically pleasing backpack, this is arguably the most stylish of those tested, which encourages use as an everyday bag without you feeling like a marine or camping nerd. The smooth outer nylon material is particularly tactile.

A top feature is the carrying comfort thanks to 3D mesh lining back supports, thick and wide padded shoulder straps and compression straps to reduce bulk. That said, there are no chest straps for heavier loads and an external zipped pocket could be handy to supplement the water bottle pouch. Inside there’s a double pocket, one of which is zipped.

Empty weight: 860g Waterproofing: [300ml ingress] 6/10 Verdict: Most comfortable to carry for its size and looks great, albeit minimal on features. Rating: 8/10

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Aquapac 25lt Waterproof Backpack

• Plenty of strap options • Easy to see into

• Not the most durable bag • Small at 25lt

A very light and handy rucksack, with useful external pockets, including large water bottle holders and a removable back support. The shoulder straps are breathable and there are waist and chest straps for hiking comfort. Reflective material is used and the seams are taped.

Inside is a fluorescent yellow pocket which makes it easy to separate, find and retrieve specific contents without needing to pull out everything from the main chamber. There’s also a dedicated key pocket and reflective material is incorporated.

Empty weight: 740g Waterproofing: [750ml ingress] 2/10 Verdict: Light, compact and inexpensive, good for the commute or a run/cycle ashore, but not the most durable or protective bag. Rating: 6/10

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Yeti Panga 50lt

• Really robust • Loads of handles and buckles • Air and water tight

• Bulky • Expensive

We voted this Yeti Panga as out pick of the litter in terms of robustness. This is the veritable Hummer of durable kit bags.

The Panga is among a range of Yeti kit we’ve used and abused regularly this season, all of which has come out favourably and as ‘get what you pay for’ items. Your eyes may water when you see the price, but you can be assured not a drop will find its way into this bag.

The robustness and quality of construction shines through. A laminated high density nylon is used for the bag’s construction, which is really hard wearing, but it is the near bullet-proof moulded EVA padded bottom and the size of the patented teeth on the zip which make you instantly realise this is a no-nonsense product.

There are six lashing points, and the handles at each end and buckles feel sturdy enough to haul a boat out with.

When you pull the zip fully closed it’s easy to tell the bag is hermetically sealed, as it becomes a giant cushion – and indeed can make a useful seat, even with just air inside. There are two zipped mesh pockets within.

If there are any negatives it’s that it is heavier and harder to stow flat than others (arguably the seat element offsets that though), and that you can snag your fingers on the zip’s enormous teeth.

Empty weight: 2.4kg Waterproofing: Dry. 10/10 Verdict: Reassuringly robust, a bag which should last a lifetime. Rating: 9/10

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Best waterproof bag: Cylinder drybags

Gill cylinder 50lt.

• Removable shoulder straps • Large volume of 50lt

• The semi-transparent stip is useful, but might not be to all tastes

A useful feature which divides this Gill model from most other or smaller rolltop cylinder bags are the removable shoulder straps, which allow you to carry it like a backpack.

This is the largest volume bag on test, capable of swallowing a stack of provisions, or wet weather gear or wetsuits for a family, so being able to spread the load equally over both shoulders has proven beneficial.

Made from puncture-resistant PVC tarpaulin, it has welded seams and a flat base. A useful feature is the semi transparent strip which allows you to see some of the contents, and a flat base for standing upright.

This fared the best of the rolltop bags in the submersion test.

Empty weight: 800g Waterproofing: [100ml ingress] 8/10 Rating: 7/10

Buy the Gill Cylinder 50lt drybag from Amazon (UK)

Overboard 40lt

• Removable shoulder straps • Handy grab handle

• Struggled to keep all water out

Although a classic rolltop-style bag, this has a couple of useful extra features in the removable shoulder strap and a robust grab handle.

Again, it’s PVC tarpaulin material with welded seams and uses three or four rolls to seal the top, which has a hard flap to promote a better seal. However, this didn’t prevent water from penetrating on submersion.

Overboard do a 60lt version with padded shoulder straps, plus waist and chest straps, which is an alternative to the Gill bag and would suit those who want to carry larger/heavier loads.

Empty weight: 730g Waterproofing: [500ml ingress] 5/10 Rating: 6/10

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Aquapac 25lt drybag

• Cheap • Removable shoulder strap

• Struggled to keep all water out • Small at 25lt

The smallest and cheapest on test, this is a no-frills simple and affordable rolltop bag for taking on a dinghy run or paddleboarding. It is made from vinyl and has a removable shoulder strap.

It had the same amount of saturation as the Overboard rolltop during the submersion test.

Best feature? The high visibility colour.

Empty weight: 499g Waterproof rating: 5/10 Rating: 6/10

Buy Aquapac 27lt drybag from Amazon (UK)

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One of the requests we had recently was to provide a "packing list" for your break into the superyacht industry - a great idea! If you read your guides, you know the exact steps you have to take to get your first job - starting with your move to crew housing in Florida and earning your certification! Standard routine is for greenies to stay in their crew house the weeks following their STCW and embark on their job hunt. If you read your guides, you ALSO know you'll have to pack your entire life into ONE suitcase and perhaps a duffel/carry on. Boat storage space is limited so you can't show up with a lot of belongings. I know this seems daunting, but don't worry, we're here to help :) .

A few things to remember:

When you get crewed on a yacht, you move on board and the boat nearly always provides your work uniform, towels/bed linens, and basic toiletries.

Most yachting itineraries follow summer weather, so plan for that when you’re prioritizing what to pack.

Laundry is completed daily or almost daily on superyachts, so you don’t need to bring a huge amount of clothing with you.

Most yacht crew are outgoing and enjoy a variety of activities in their downtime, so cater the below lists to your own personal lifestyle and interests.

Limit Luggage To:

1x Large Luggage Piece – Preferably Soft Case/Bag to take up less boat storage

1x Carry On/Duffel

1x Personal Item - Purse, tote, backpack, etc

Quality Flip Flops or Sperry Boat Shoes (flip flops are more common amongst crew)


Shoes to go out in – wedges, heels, nice sandals etc

For Interviews/Daywork - (see your Interview Prep Guide for more specifics)

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1-2 Khaki Bottoms (Skort/Shorts) for Interviews & Daywork (can purchase at yacht outfitters in Fort Lauderdale, but they’re quite pricey) Ladies - not too short!

Every Day Personal Clothing Preferences - (again, plan for warm weather)

**Remember your every day uniform will be provided by the boat, so pack whatever you'd normally wear in the summer months. Also consider some nicer outfit options for dinners and evenings out with your crew**

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Light Rain Jacket/Windbreaker

Skirts (if applicable)

Dresses (if applicable)

1-2 Pairs of Jeans/Pants for chillier weather

1-2 Sweaters/Jackets for chillier weather


Underwear/Bras - (Ladies - be sure to have a few nude-colored options - lots of yacht uniform tops are thin white fabric)

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Athletic bottoms & tops

Travel Yoga Mat

Exercise Bands/Straps


Sunglasses - we recommend a polarized pair to protect from the ocean sun glare

Compact Umbrella - lots of afternoon rain showers in FL

Jewelry (if applicable - look for nice compact jewelry wallet case for easy storage)

Make Up (if applicable)

Prescriptions if applicable (collect in bulk – ask your doctor to prescribe 3-6 months upfront so you don’t have to worry about refills once you get work)

Hair Ties/Pins/Accessories (if applicable)

Cell Phone – be sure to know your provider’s international plans and be ready to commit if you get hired onto a boat leaving the country


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Hat/Cap for sunny days

Compact Umbrella

Kindle/Tablet to store books/reading material - Kindle paperwhite is great for beach days :)

Beach Towel

Pre-Print CVs & Business Cards and bring in folder (can do in FTL as well)

Ladies - Light Bath Robe/Dressing Gown

Go-pro or similar

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Sunscreen & bug spray

Bulky skin care products

Over the counter vitamin/supplement preferences

Hair Styling Products (Ladies - Dry Shampoo will be your best friend!)

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Best Sailing Duffle Bags: Top Picks For Boat Travel

Best Sailing Duffle Bags: Top Picks For Boat Travel | Life of Sailing

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Daniel Wade

September 27, 2023

‍ Key Takeaways

  • Sailing bags will vary in price, size, and features that will accommodate your sailing goals
  • Most sailing duffel bags have shoulder straps and are waterproof to some extent
  • A lot of these options can be used as one bag for everything you need outdoors
  • Consider your sailing goals prior to purchase to help narrow down size and price
  • Sailing duffel bags are the ultimate tool for travel gear on the water

‍ The best sailing duffle bag will vary based on your individual needs and preferences. But what sailing bags are the best?

The Lomo 30L, Helly Hansen 50L, and Typhoon 60L are good starts for duffel bags that you can take while sailing. Some of these have removable shoulder straps or are touted as waterproof bags that should offer a reliable dry bag for your trip and be comfortable to carry.

In my experience, the best duffel bags have durable construction, are completely waterproof, and have either removable padded shoulder straps or removable backpack straps to make it convenient to carry. The duffel bag that you consider must meet your specific sailing goals.

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‍ Top 13 Best Sailing Duffel Bags

The best sailing bag should cover a lot of bases in terms of its usefulness at sea, meaning it has to at least be waterproof. Having a waterproof sailing bag seems like a no-brainer, especially with ocean spray or inclement weather.

You also want a lightweight duffel that might potentially have a zippered pocket to help keep your goods in. In addition, shoulder straps or compression straps can make carrying a little easier when transporting.

Lomo Waterproof Bag 30L

Lomo Waterproof Bag 30L

The Lomo 30L waterproof dry bag offers a good value for the price and quality of the product you receive. It showcases welded seams and a closable wide mouth that allows you to fill with all your gear but keep it dry from the elements.

It may seem a little stiff when in colder elements due to the material used for waterproofing. IT also comes with one removable shoulder strap to help with carrying around.

  • Good value for the price
  • Solid waterproofing
  • Thick material becomes stiff in colder weather

Helly Hansen Sailing Bag 50L

Helly Hansen Sailing Bag 50L

The Helly Hansen offshore 50L bag is a good option for the best sailing bags on the market. These claim to also be capable of strapping to a cartop and remain waterproof, but you will likely need to test that out for yourself.

When sailing, they can withstand a ton of water thrown at it but do not fully submerge. The welded seams are great but will take on water if left for longer periods of time.

  • Plenty of room for storage inside
  • Easy to carry and store gear
  • Not fully submersible

Typhoon Dry Duffel 60L

Typhoon Dry Duffel 60L

The Typhoon 60L , referred to as the Osea Dry Duffel, is 100 percent waterproof due to the 500D tarp material that they used to construct it. The removable shoulder straps allow it to be used as a backpack or carry around hand.

The durable material is great but you will not see a lot of external pockets. However, you can save a lot of space when storing since you can close the bag and squeeze air out of it with the release from a valve.

  • 100 percent waterproof
  • Large bag to hold many gear or other items
  • Is not eye catching

Red Original Sailing Kit Bag

Red Original Sailing Kit Bag

The Red Original Kit Bag comes in various sizes to meet your storage needs. The waterproof capability is tested with welded seams and a waterproof zip rather than a roll top closure.

It features various straps to carry depending on the size you are considering. It remains as a bag suitable for those seeking a valuable option that does not break the bank.

  • Lighter and more compact options
  • Made with recycled materials
  • Waterproof zip might not be as appealing as the roll top closure

Lomo Dry Bag 60L

Lomo Dry Bag 60L

Lomo continues to offer appealing options for your sailing goals, such as their Dry Bag 60L offering. They do a great job at keeping your gear dry, with welded seams and a roll top closure that can be submerged for a short period of time.

While there are not any external pockets, you trade that in for a reliable waterproof bag for the event you are going to experience a wet ride or have to store your bag in a place where water is constantly hitting it. The bag might be a little stiff in colder weather, as the material stiffens when cold.

  • Great waterproof bag for your budget
  • Bright color for easy spotting
  • No external pockets

Helly Hansen Sailing Bag 90L

Helly Hansen Sailing Bag

The Helly Hansen 90L offers users versatility with different strap features to wear as a backpack or carry by hand. It is not fully waterproof since the seams are not welded, but still serves as a quality bag to fit all of your essentials.

While it has a lot of room to pack everything, keep in mind the weight. Your back will thank you later if you manage to keep things light.

  • Plenty of storage space with external pockets
  • Sleek design and easy to carry
  • Might become quite heavy and not waterproof

Zhik 45L Submersible

Zhik 45L Submersible

This Zhik 45L waterproof bag offers one of the best dry bags on the market. It is sporty and can handle a large amount of your gear to be safe from water.

It even has a section in the bag to separate wet and dry gear to keep them from all touching one another. It is built for longevity and is rugged to withstand harsh conditions at sea.

  • 100 percent waterproof and submersible
  • Good size to fit everything you need
  • Might be too expensive compared to other options with less features

Gill Rolling Duffels

Gill Rolling Duffels

Gill makes one of the best rolling duffels you could ask for that is water resistant. It includes a padded shoulder strap in the event you need to carry it and has a large opening zip to make it easy to grab things or store quickly.

Keep in mind that this is not a full waterproof bag, as the material will seep in water if left in puddles or in the rain for long periods of time. The wheels make this an appealing option if you have it weighed down.

  • Has wheels for easy transport
  • Strong handles and large opening
  • Only protects from some water spray

Musto Essential Water Resistant Bag

Musto Essential Water Resistant Bag

Musto has a convenient dry bag to help keep your gear safe from the elements while sailing. It is not entirely waterproof, but water resistant to handle ocean spray and light rain.

Their padded shoulder straps make it comfortable to haul when not in storage and are great for travel bags with an external pocket. The material maintains its shape no matter what you have inside or if you do not have it full.

  • Keeps shape no matter what is in it
  • Great for a carry on bag or day trips
  • Will soak inside if it is submerged

Thule Chasm Sport Bag 130L

Thule Chasm Sport Bag

The Thule Chasm is an appealing option for those that need to pack a lot of gear at a good price but do not need it fully waterproof. It comes in four different sizes, ranging up to 130L.

If you decide to go for the larger options since they are somewhat cheaper than other brands, it is easy to overstuff them and you will not like carrying around the extra weight. Keep in mind that it is not waterproof, so some ocean spray is about all the water it can take at a time.

  • Various sizes to accommodate needs
  • Durable materials to help keep shape
  • Is not completely waterproof

Victorinox Touring 2.0

Victorinox Touring 2.0

Victorinox has one of the more expensive sailing bags on the market for a 38L option. The bag is just as appealing as a swiss army knife, in that it can handle a variety of needs for storing gear or other items.

It is water resistant and has a waterproof pouch on the inside to store smaller personal items. It also features the option to engrave your initials or personalize on the inside.

  • Can change shape in a variety of ways to store goods
  • Great quality sailing bag to accommodate a lot of your needs
  • Quite expensive compared to other brands in similar size

Gill Team 30L

Gill Team 30L

Gill has plenty of products to accommodate life on the water, so their Race Team 30L duffel bag is a great product for anyone that is active in that environment. It is perfect for normal wear and tear and is a waterproof sailing bag.

It does not have internal pockets to store smaller items like a phone or watch for easy access. However, it keeps your essentials dry, has a stylish design, and is perfect for a weekend getaway.

  • Compact and puncture proof
  • Great for sailing trips with a lot of water exposure
  • Must make sure it is closed all the way for complete waterproof

Overboard Duffel Bag Classic

Overboard Duffel Bag Classic

It is hard to beat the Overboard Classic duffel bag if you are wanting something rugged to handle the outdoor elements and to last a lifetime. It has a waterproof rating of IP66, making it a tough egg to crack.

You can even convert it to a backpack if you need to take your adventure on a dinghy or kayaking. It also is moderately priced for being such a large bag with durable features.

  • Great price for all features included
  • Can handle all elements and can survive being submerged
  • Might be too heavy for the larger bag option

How to Find the Best Sailing Bags

The best sailing bags will vary based on your sailing goals and what you plan to do on the trip. There are many questions to consider before purchasing the best sailing bag for you and it will play a role in how you use them.

Are you sailing for the weekend or longer? Do you need safety gear or other items for harsh conditions? Is this just a one day event and you need dry clothes?

All of those questions will lead to different bag types needed, as you do not need a heavy duty 130L dry bag for just one day of racing. Below you can see which bag might be best for you depending on your needs.

Waterproof Bags

A waterproof sailing bag is ideal when you are going to be stuck in the elements, have nowhere to place your bag except in direct water exposure, and is best for long periods of time near the water. It makes sense that if you are traveling on a body of water to have a bag that is going to resist getting wet.

Water resistant is the bare minimum, but having a waterproof bag is best. If your sailing goal is to go offshore for a few days, you may want waterproof bags, whereas one trip near the coast on a nice day might just need a water resistant bag.

In addition to waterproofing, you need to consider what sized bag you will need to handle your gear. Weekend trips will likely need a medium sized bag, while day sailing can require a smaller one.

If you are planning a trip that will last a week or longer, you may want to bring a 130L or several smaller ones to accommodate your traveling needs. This also makes sense if you are needing to pack extra gear for bad weather or need to pack safety essentials.

The price of each bag is going to vary widely depending on brand, materials, and their intended use. This is why it is important to narrow down your sailing goals to see which bag fits your daily activities.

Some bags hover near $60, while others can be over $400. The size of the bags usually make the most difference in price since more materials are used, but others in similar size might cost significantly more if one is waterproof and the other is not.

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The 13 Best Sailing Bags 2024: Waterproof And Rugged Bags For Sailboats

Looking for the best sailing bags.

Waterproof sailing bags are an essential item for life out on the water. Before we moved aboard our 38ft sailboat I didn’t realise quite how much I would use one (or many!) while living on a sailboat.

Sure, I assumed I’d use a bag for trips to shore when carrying items that couldn’t get wet, but I had no idea how often I would use it as an essential piece of equipment actually on the sailboat.

If you’re looking for the best bag for your next sailing adventure then you’ve come to the right place. We’ve reviewed the top waterproof and rugged bags designed especially for sailing, to help you make the right decision for your needs.

Quick Guide To Waterproof Bags For Sailing

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  • The best waterproof bags for sailing
  • The best waterproof bags for adventures
  • Waterproof sailing bags for smaller items
  • Sailing bags for luggage
  • What is a bag designed for sailing?
  • How to choose your waterproof bag

Waterproof Sailing Bags For Sailing

🏆 Our top pick – Helly Hansen Ocean Dry Bag 🏆

If you’re using your waterproof bag while you’re out sailing then you’ll want it to be big enough to hold essential items but small enough to fit comfortably in the cockpit.

We’d also recommend getting one in a bright colour and having in mind some way of attaching it to something on deck so it can’t fall overboard.

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#1 Tortuga Day Bag

The Tortuga range of bags is something travelers of all descriptions lust over. These bags come at a price, but the quality is second to none and they should last forever.

We’ve put this bag straight to the top of the pile as it’s perfect for the cockpit and as an adventure on-shore bag because it’s comfortable to wear and looks great.

This day bag is waterproof and lightweight. It’s made from sail material so it’s super durable too. You can use it for anything (and you’ll want to too!

Top Features

✔ Lightweight ✔ Rugged ✔ Comfortable

✅ Buy the Tortuga sailing bag here

#2 Helly Hansen Ocean Dry Bag

This is Helly Hansen’s most rugged dry bag and the perfect bag for ocean sailing.

It’s made from super durable, waterproof materials and can withstand a good dunking (though we guess this hasn’t been properly tested as they say it’s not waterproof when fully submerged!)

It has a removable shoulder strap which makes it easier to carry for long distances if you need to. The only slightly annoying thing about this dry bag is that it opens from the top, so it’s hard to find things at the bottom.

✔ Durable ✔ Rugged ✔ Comfortable

#3 Earth Pak

Earth Pak are top sellers when it comes to dry bags. They come in a range of colours and sizes, and they’re 100% waterproof and rugged too.

The great thing about this design of a dry bag is that it will float because it’s full of air. So you don’t need to worry as much about it going for a swim!

They come with a shoulder strap, which we don’t love for everyday use, but they are the perfect bag to have on board and stow in the cockpit or use as a grab bag (we attach the strap to the binnacle so it can’t go anywhere!

If you’re using them for this then get one in a bright colour so they’re easy to find in a hurry.

✔ Floats ✔ Rugged ✔ Bright

✅ Buy yours here

#4 Skog Å Kust DrySåk

If you’re after something a little more fun then these are a great choice . They come in a range of cool designs and, for a cheaper dry bag, they have some thoughtful features too.

This is a rugged and waterproof bag designed to be used outdoors. It has an outer zip pocket for quick access to things like your mobile phone which is really handy.

It also has a reflective trim which is great for night sails! It comes in a range of sizes too, so you can decide what’s right for your needs.

✔ Unique and fun ✔ Reflective trim ✔ Handy zipper pocket

#5 Ronstan Waterproof Sailing Backpack

The bright red  Ronstan Dry Sailing Bag  features leak-proof welded seams and includes sturdy side carrying handles and removable backpack straps.

This is a great option for a sailing backpack to store in the cockpit because it’s bright red, meaning it will be easy to get your hands on, and easy to locate if it takes a little dip!

It’s pretty big though, so you might want something smaller depending on the size of your boat!

✔ Useful straps ✔ Brightly coloured ✔ Rugged

✅ Get yours here

#6 Gill Waterproof Sailing Bag

Gill has a great reputation amongst sailors (we love their sailing jackets ). You can’t really go wrong with the quality of these bags, and they come in three different sizes to suit your needs.

Personally, we wouldn’t choose the bright orange colour for trips ashore but it’s perfect for use as a grab bag or for storing things in the cockpit, as it’s easy to see if it goes overboard by accident.

✔ High quality ✔ Brightly coloured ✔ Rugged

Dry Bags For Adventures

the view of an island in greece on an onshore adventure with a waterproof sailing bag

Dry bags don’t have to look like dry bags anymore!

We love the fact you can now buy waterproof sailing backpacks that look like normal rucksacks – they’re perfect for trips to shore where you don’t necessarily want to be lugging around a bright red shiny duffle bag.

Your cockpit bag can probably double up as a day bag for shore, but if you live on board or sail regularly then it’s much easier to have a bag that all your sailing stuff just lives in so you can grab and go.

#7 Outlander Bag

Outlander bags are our top pick for budget-friendly adventure day bags.

The Outlander Backpack is made from highly rip and waterproof nylon fabric that provides strength and long-lasting performance with minimal weight, making it a great option for trekking or hiking.

We do find the zips a little annoying, as they’re a breakpoint that isn’t really necessary in a dry bag (but at this price who cares right!?)

One of the great things about these bags is that they can literally fold down into your pocket, so they’re perfect for things like grocery runs – fitting into a larger bag so that you have two when you get to the checkout.

They also have a load of pockets including a safety pocket which is great for travel. These are our favourite budget option as they’re cheap enough to have a few on board just in case.

Key Features

✔ Super rugged ✔ Lightweight ✔ Budget

#8 Mier Waterproof Dry Bag

The Mier dry bag is a great option for a sailing day bag. They have a roll-top closure so you don’t have to worry about metal zips and salt water and they’re 100% waterproof.

They have a compartment for a laptop or tablet which is really handy if you work from the shore. They also have several outer pockets which we find perfect for a water bottle. You can even carry extra things in the bungee cords on the front making this bag bigger than it seems.

This is one of the more comfortable waterproof bags for sailing we’ve reviewed here, with padded straps and the option to hand carry with the fold-down rubber strap at the top.

We also love the look of this waterproof rucksack – there’s a lot to love!

✔ No fastenings to worry about ✔ Laptop compartment ✔ Comfortable

#9 Geckobrands

Geckobrands have a nice backpack for sailing day adventures on shore. It’s super lightweight but still pretty tough, and it’s waterproof of course! It has a water-resistant pocket to store smaller items, and 2 D rings to attach things like water bottles if you need.

The straps aren’t as comfortable as other bags on this list but we like the way it looks, and it’s useful that it’s so lightweight!

✔ Water-resistant pocket for small items ✔ Lightweight ✔ D rings for extra storage

#10 Waterproof Bags For Smaller Items

a girl with a small waterproof sailing bag in her pocket looking at her sailboat

There’s always something that you want to protect from the sea and rain that’s a little smaller – usually your mobile phone.

  • Waterproof bag for your phone

Having lost a mobile phone to the damp of the sailboat I thoroughly recommend regularly storing your phone in a waterproof case. They’re very cheap and they work brilliantly, so it’s a win-win really.

They’re also really handy if you want to swim to shore or you can even take photos in the sea (though the quality doesn’t come out great through the plastic!) There are a million different ones to choose from and I’m sure most work great, but we love this one .

  • Waterproof box

The other option you have which is especially useful for electronics is a waterproof box . We’d recommend having a few of these onboard for longer-term storage of things like hard drives and memory cards.

  • Cheap waterproof bags for small things

You should also consider getting some smaller, cheaper waterproof bags for other random things like items from a medical kit (the clear ones are great for this as you can write on them in permanent marker and see the contents too).

  • Lightweight waterproof bags

You can fill these with air before you roll them up – great for carrying things like keys and shoes to shore when you want to swim there and head off on a short hike.

I managed to stuff in a summer dress, my phone, keys, and wallet, then I swam to shore with my flip flops on my hands, dried off on the beach, and had a lovely day exploring the town!

Luggage Bags For Sailing

a sailboat in crystal clear water

Larger waterproof bags for sailing are perfect for getting luggage on and off a sailboat. They’re also really handy as grab bags if you have a larger sailboat. They have to be able to store easily, and be easily moved on and off the boat.

#11 Peak Design Duffel

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We are massive fans of Peak Design and especially their duffel bag . It’s the perfect luggage bag for sailing and feels as though it’s been designed for life on the water.

We’ll get stuck straight into the features that make this bag so well suited to sailing. Firstly, the weatherproof nylon canvas shell does a great job of keeping the splashes out. It might not be fully waterproof like some of the bags on this list but unless you’re going swimming with it, it’s going to do the job. It’s 100% recycled nylon too so no feeling guilty about the environment.

The bottom liner is waterproof, so it will be fine on leaky dinghy floors. But what we really love is the weatherproof ultrazip which is probably the most rugged zip we’ve ever come across. It won’t fail in days due to the saltwater, and it’s super rugged. It’s possibly the best feature of the bag (though that’s a tough one to decide when it has so many great features!)

The duffel comes in two sizes, 35l or 65l, so you can pick your poison depending on how long your trip is. The 35l is a great size for a weekend away or a week or two if you pack light. It folds small so will fit easily in little cabins, and it’s easy to carry too.

We also love the look of these bags. Perfect for sailing or a city break. A brilliant all-rounder.

✅ Get the Peak Design duffel here

Tortuga Outbreaker Bag For Sailing

This isn’t a dedicated bag for sailing adventures but it’s perfect for sailors and any crew they might have onboard.

It’s a waterproof backpack that opens like a suitcase, so it’s easy to stow away but you can also use it like a drawer if there’s no space in your cabin to unpack. You just flip it open and grab what you need.

These bags are made from sail cloth material so they’re super strong and durable. You’ll have no worries shoving this at the bottom of the dinghy on your way to the boat!

Plus they have some other great features like a padded laptop holder and lockable zippers, meaning they’ll happily double up as travel bags too.

They’re a great choice of bag for sailing and travel alike.

✔ Opens flat ✔ Durable sail cloth material ✔ Padded laptop holder

#12 Helly Hansen Dry Bag

The Helly Hansen waterproof sailing bag has been designed with sailors in mind and is perfect for days out at sea. It’s a great size for packing for a week sailing holiday or for a weekend on board but it’s also a useful bag to have on board for storage and land trips as it can fold down pretty flat.

It has adjustable back straps and grab handles on the side to make it easy to get on and off the boat and it has a useful outer pocket too. This is a very well-designed bag.

✔ Adjustable back straps ✔ Perfect size ✔ Rugged design

✅ Buy now from Helly Hansen

#13 Columbia 60l Bag

The Columbia waterproof sailing bag is a truly rugged waterproof bag with a water-resistant zipper and reinforced seams. It has multiple haul handles and lash-down points and removable padded shoulder straps that convert into a single haul handle.

One of the really great features of this waterproof bag is that it packs into a removable interior accessory pocket for easy storage on board.

✔ Reinforced seams ✔ Removable shoulder straps ✔ Easy storage on board

✅ Buy your waterproof sailing bag now

What Is A Bag Designed For Sailing?

the best waterproof sailing bags

A bag for sailing is exactly what it sounds like. Any bag suitable for days out sailing – something practical, waterproof, and lightweight that you can protect your belongings in when sailing.

What you use it for exactly will be pretty personal, but here are a few things we use a bag for onboard Hot Chocolate.

Before we head off sailing I always grab our designated bag to keep up in the cockpit. It’s specifically for sailing days and I store in there things like binoculars, a horn, sun cream, water, and snacks.

Basically anything I think I might need if the weather gets rough and I don’t want to keep heading down below. It’s been amazing to have to hand in a number of situations.

I also have a sailing bag for day trips to the shore, to take in the dinghy. I learned quickly never to jump in the dinghy with anything less than a waterproof bag when the weather turned choppy and all my electronics got soaked on one of our first dinghy rides back!

If you’re working from the sailboat (and also local cafes and co-working spaces), then you’re going to need a decent waterproof backpack for digital nomads that has protection for your laptop and other key features.

sailing dry bag on a sailboat

The other things we use a waterproof bag for are our grab bag should we ever have to abandon ship, and our medical kit so that things like plasters and bandages don’t suffer from dampness.

We’ve even needed a waterproof bag to run a phone up the mast for an internet signal on a rainy workday!

Waterproof bags really are an essential item to have on a sailboat, and we’ve narrowed down the best out there to make like a little easier for you!

How To Choose The Best Bag For Your Sailing Trip

Our top tips on choosing the best bag for your next sailing adventure.

You want your sailing bag to make from a material that’s super durable, especially if you’re using it for something like your grab bag. It’s no good having a bag that gets a rip in it after a few months and becomes un-waterproof.

Look for decent quality brands, like the ones listed above, that have a great reputation for producing quality sailing products made from durable material and put together well. Your bag should last you many years to come.

The waterproof bags on this list are all waterproof for a reason. Sailing is pretty well-known for being a wet sport (you are surrounded by water after all!) You need a bag that can stand up to getting frequently splashed and even submerged if you plan on swimming to shore a lot.

If you’re using your bag while you’re out sailing then you’ll want it to be big enough to hold essential items but small enough to fit comfortably in the cockpit.

If it’s a luggage bag then it will need to be big enough to hold all your clothes and equipment while on passage. Make sure you research how much space you’ll need before you buy one that’s not suitable for your needs.

Other Features

Dry bags come with all sorts of extra features that you might find important (or not!) Things like extra pockets for things you want to reach easily, extra straps, reflective strips, or inside pockets can make all the difference.

Conclusion: The Best Waterproof Sailing Bags

So there you have it – our top recommendations for waterproof sailing bags to make your life aboard a whole lot easier (and a whole lot drier too!) For a more extensive guide on sailing kit then check out our essential sailing gear guide .

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What Sailing Bag to Buy, and How to Pack It – A Week on the Water

June 12, 2021 by Travis Turgeon Leave a Comment

Sailing Bag and Sandals for a Week Long Holiday

The sun is shining, a light breeze is blowing through your hair, and the water resembles a never-ending sheet of rippled glass – this is paradise. Things don’t get much better than spending quality time with friends and family – unless, of course, you’re on a sailboat. No matter where your “paradise” lies, you’ll need to pack appropriately for the destination and experiences ahead. In this article, we fill you in on how to choose a sailing bag, and we break down our tried-and-true packing list to prepare you for a sun-soaked holiday on the water.

Choosing a Sailing Bag – Our Favorites

A North Face duffel bag packed for a sailing holiday

When it comes to choosing a sailing bag that gives you the most bang for your buck without lacking style, there are a few key things to keep in mind. 

On a sailboat, hard-bodied luggage is far from ideal – and actually, it can become a real headache. Even boats on the larger end of the scale have limited space for luggage, which is why we always recommend soft-bodied, duffel-style baggage. You can unpack and consolidate these types of bags to fit in confined spaces without the risk of damaging the boat’s interior. Without caution, the hard plastic wheels and metal zippers that come standard on most luggage can wreak havoc on a boat’s woodwork and paint.  

Further, while the crashing waves and salty summer air add excitement to the overall experience, wear-and-tear on your sailing bag and belongings is inevitable without suitable construction materials. Zippers quickly become corroded, your clothing may become damp and moldy, and your electronics can receive an epic blow to their functionality. 

A good sailing duffel bag for sailing holidays should be lightweight, compactable, waterproof or water-resistant, and comfortable to carry over your shoulder. If the bag holds all of those qualities and still remains fashionable – you’re ready to rock. 

Let’s take a look at our three favorite bags for sailing holidays.

Skog A Kust – DuffelSak Pro Dry Sailing Ba g

Man throws a yellow Skog A Kust Duffel bag from a boat

Coming in at our number one spot, DuffelSak Dry Bags are one of the coolest sailing bags on the market. The Swedish-based company, Skog A Kust, produces bags and other products for those with a passion for the outdoors. All of the products made by DuffelSak have a waterproof exterior and a roll-down top – ensuring that even if your bag takes a splash, your belongings remain dry. The following features come standard on this bag, ensuring you get the most out of your time on the water: 

  • Two sturdy handles 
  • Padded and adjustable shoulder straps
  • Soft and flexible material for maximum comfort
  • Metal D-rings for attachment to boats, bicycles, and more

To top it all off, Skog A Kust offers a 100% money-back guarantee to anyone who doesn’t find this bag suitable for their needs – for any reason, hassle-free. 

North Face – Base Camp Duffel

North Face Base Camp Duffel Bag for sailing

The North Face is a world-renowned brand in the outdoor community, supplying its customers with outdoor products since 1968. Although originally founded to supply climbers with gear for mountain climbing, the company has since redeveloped the brand and expanded to nearly all outdoor markets – including sailing. A North Face sailing bag will stand up to most other high-quality “sailing only” brands.

The Base Camp duffel has become particularly popular in the sailing market due to its rugged, high-quality build that provides a ton of functionality in nearly any scenario. This bag sits so high on our list for its sailing compatibility, but it also has padded shoulder straps and flexible material that makes it one of the most comfortable carry-ons we’ve used. Not only is it comfortable, but its water-resistant construction keeps your belongings dry when living around the water. You can also wear it as a backpack, so if you need to walk through a busy airport or similar area – you won’t be taking up a ton of “side-to-side” space. Lastly, the compression straps are an excellent addition for limited-space scenarios, and the loops on the outside of the sailing bag make it incredibly easy to lash onto nearly any surface. 

Musto – Waterproof Dry Carryall

Taking the third spot on our list is the Musto Waterproof Dry Carryall, a sailing bag meant for life around the water. With a bonded seam and roll-top construction, neither rain nor ocean water will make its way to your belongings – the perfect fit for boating in any capacity.

A common complaint with roll-down bags is that air gets trapped inside when rolling the top down – creating a void for your items to move around inside. To combat this, the Musto Carryall has a valve that lets you release the air after rolling down the top, making it easy to compact and stow during your journey. For added convenience, the transparent window in the front of the sailing bag enables you to quickly identify your things, reducing clutter and time spent looking for something specific. Finally, the 65-liter capacity is just about perfect for anyone taking a week-long sailing holiday, so this bag should be a top consideration.

Day-Bag Bonus: Skog A Kust – BackSak Pro

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Making yet another appearance on our list of the best sailing bags in the game, Skog A Kust delivers the BackSak Pro – a waterproof, airtight design that floats in the water. This sailing bag is truly the perfect companion for a day trip from a boat. The backpack-style sailing bag has a 35-liter main compartment, including a padded laptop space and a front zipping pouch for your paper valuables such as passports and cash. Its ripstop nylon construction provides maximum sturdiness, and the bag weighs only 2.3 pounds – a featherweight compared to other day-bags of the same quality. It even has an adjustable and removable waist strap for hiking or long walks. There really isn’t a better option for a small day-bag while at sea. As with all of Skog A Kust’s other products – they are 100% refundable with a satisfaction guarantee. 

Pack Like a Pro – Only Take What You Need

Items being packed for a week long sailing vacation

The ultimate packing list is one that includes everything you need, from underwear to accessories, while remaining as minimalistic as possible. Trust us, leave your expensive jewelry and fancy leather shoes at home – you’ll spend most of your time barefoot and in your bathing suit. Below, we outline what you should bring and what to leave at home – you’ll be surprised to find out just how little we recommend.

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There’s an old rule of thumb to follow when packing for a trip – regardless of the destination. It says, “Pack your bag with what you think you’ll need. Then unpack, and take only half.” Nearly everyone overthinks about what’s necessary while away from home. They pack as if they’ll spill a glass of wine on every piece of clothing they own – like t-shirts and shorts aren’t sold everywhere around the world. You should prepare for numerous scenarios, though, and we’re here to help you find the right balance for your week on the water.

Consider the following for your trip:

(4-5) shirts.

These can be t-shirts, cutoffs, long-sleeved, or anything suitable for daytime in your chosen location. If you’re heading for tropical, sunny destinations, you should consider picking up a few moisture-wicking shirts. Not only will this help manage the smell of your sweat-soaked tops, but they will also dry incredibly fast in the sun. Perfect for re-use or quick hand-washed laundry.

(2) Pairs of Shorts :

You really won’t need more than two pairs of shorts, leggings, or whatever other bottoms you think you’ll spend your time in on the boat. In fact, you may not be wearing them at all beyond the transit to and from the dock. Remember, board shorts and bikinis will be the go-to nearly every day, and unless you find yourself out for a night in the city, shorts and pants won’t be necessary. 

(5) Pairs of Underwear :

One of the few items we don’t like to skimp on is underwear. You should do yourself – and your boat mates – a favor and pack several pairs for your time onboard. You’ll spend most of your time in or near the water, though, so if you do need to re-use something, you can always give them a quick hand-wash with your travel detergent – which we cover below as a carry-on item. 

(2-3) Swimsuits :

Depending on your style, you may want a few diverse sets of swimsuits, be it board shorts or bikinis. For men, board shorts can easily double as daytime walking shorts in less formal settings. It even helps to narrow down the list of items you carry with you on a day trip. Women can wear bikinis under their clothes, sure – but why not bring a couple of different swimwear styles for different occasions. Class up one of your suits for the beachside bars and restaurants, and get yourself something more simple for the days on the boat.

(1) Light Jacket or Sweatshirt :

If it’s your first time heading to the tropics on a boat, you may be surprised to know just how chilly it can get at night, especially when there’s a storm rolling in. We recommend taking a light jacket, preferably waterproof, to keep warm on a less-than-ideal evening. Further, boat cabins can get cold, and you may not have the option to change the temperature. Pack a light sweatshirt or pair of sweatpants to avoid an uncomfortable situation. 

(2-3) Pairs of Shoes :

Having the proper footwear on a week-long boat trip is surprisingly important. We suggest bringing two pairs of shoes: one for day excursions, and the other for onboard the boat. Remember, you’ll likely be taking a few walks through town or going on short outings, so having a more rugged pair of shoes is ideal. We suggest a nice pair of hiking sandals such as Tevas or Chacos. The second pair of shoes will be used on the boat. Rubber-soled boat shoes offer the comfort you need without risking your personal safety. Rubber soles grip the boat’s deck tightly, dry fast, and are incredibly durable – an essential feature in salty and wet conditions. Sperry’s are the perfect boat companion. 

Travel Sized Toiletries

Travel sized toiletries for a sailing holiday

As with any holiday, travel-sized toiletries can be a lifesaver – or they can be a total waste of space. Throughout our years spent on the water, we’ve realized that some things should stay on the store shelves.

Let’s take a look below at a few toiletries we always recommend bringing for first-time sailing holidays. 

Hanging toiletry bag:.

For anyone who has traveled outside of the country before, you’ll probably understand just why this item is so important. A waterproof, hanging toiletry bag makes bathroom life incredibly convenient, eliminating the need to set your personal hygiene products down on shared spaces. Nearly every shower and bathroom will have a hanging hook, and these bags are the perfect match. 

Toothpaste/Toothbrush :

Of the more apparent toiletries not to leave behind, oral care products take the first spot. Don’t wait until your sailing out of the marina to realize you left these essentials behind. 

Reef-Safe Sunscreen :

Sailing holidays and coral reefs go hand-in-hand, and those of us that love spending time above these teeming underwater communities want to do everything in our power to protect them for years to come. Reef-safe sunscreens lack the chemicals present in standard sunscreens that destroy these living ecosystems from the inside out, making them the ideal choice for a sailing holiday. 

Aloe Vera :

If you plan on spending a significant amount of time in the sun, aloe vera should be somewhere at the top of the list of essentials. Don’t let a little too much time in the sun or a lack of sunscreen ruin your entire holiday. 


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You might not think you’d need a ton of different documents for a simple week-long vacation on the water, but there are certainly a few that are helpful if you’re heading out of the country or onward to new destinations.

Even if you’re only traveling domestically, you’ll need at least a couple of the following.

As expected, you’ll need to have your passport with you when leaving and re-entering the country. Customs and immigration officers will be checking you in and out of seaports just as they would in an airport, so be sure to check the passport eligibility requirements before leaving home. Some countries require a specific number of passport pages to be blank, while others simply want to know where you’ve been and where you’ll be heading. 

Some countries require you to arrange a visa before entering through immigration, although most countries have some sort of “Visa on Arrival” service. Either way, check with your embassy in the country of intended travel, or simply visit the tourism website for different destinations. All information regarding immigration and customs will be available on government sites. 

Secondary ID :

It’s always best to carry some form of secondary identification, such as a driver’s license or I.D. card. This allows officials to quickly verify your identity and can make for a much smoother traveling experience.  * Pro Tip : Copy, print, and laminate the I.D. page of your passport in color. Use this copy in place of your invaluable paper passport, something you want to avoid exposing to the salty, humid tropical air. 

Cash and Cards :

This will depend entirely on the destination, but most places will allow access to at least a few ATM machines. Still, it’s a good idea to keep some cash on you for emergencies and to bring a backup card with you – stored in a separate location from your primary card. If anything happens while abroad, having a spare card or cash can be a life-saver. 

* Make sure you notify your bank of your travel plans well before departure. If you try to use one of your cards outside your home country or even your home town – the fraud department may flag your card for fraud. If there’s a time difference or happens on the weekend, some banks can be difficult or impossible to reach quickly. Do yourself a favor, and make sure you register your plans with the bank – even if you only plan to use the card for emergencies. 

Rental Documents :

Not everyone will have to carry rental documents for their trip, but some will. When chartering a boat, always take at least one copy of the rental agreement with you for requests from immigration authorities, police, or insurance agents. Our suggestion – if it’s not yours, keep the rental agreement with you during your entire trip. 

Medications :

If you or anyone traveling with you has a medical condition that requires medication, this is a no-brainer. Consult with your doctor or pharmacist before leaving the country, and try to fill up your prescriptions in case you get stuck abroad for longer than expected. Some medications aren’t available in foreign countries, and some may be considered illegal.


Group plays water games near the beach on a sailing trip

We get it – a long, uneventful weekend on the water listening to waves roll in sounds like paradise. Who says that time isn’t also good for socializing or reading that book you’ve been trying to finish, though?

We have a small list of things we enjoy taking with us on holiday, so consider the following items for your trip – especially when traveling with kids.

If you like to read, there’s no better place to do it than on the water or lounging on the beach. The sun perfectly lights the pages, you’re warm and relaxed, and you’re surrounded by the sounds of bliss. Even if you only get a couple of hours of reading in, it’s worth the luggage space. Feeling like you may want to own a sailboat of your own someday? Take along some of the best books to prepare you for the cruising lifestyle – you’ll be reading them in the perfect setting to get you motivated.

We’re so used to having music at our fingertips that it might be hard to remember – there isn’t always wifi while at sea. What’s your next best bet? Download some of your favorites, or take advantage of the ship’s CD player if they have one (most do). It even gives you the chance to brush the dust off of some of your old favorite albums.

Classic card games are good fun, whether with friends or family. Kids love to play cards when camping, during sleepovers, or any time they aren’t bothered by modern technology – so why would a boat be any different? Just make sure you print out or screenshot the rules to a few games before setting sail. In any case, even if you don’t draw a single card from the deck, you won’t be taking up any space that will be missed. 


Pair of sunglasses in the sand on a sailing vacation

The items on this list are not all-inclusive, but over the years, we’ve been able to make use of them a few times each.

Pick and choose as you wish – but remember, packing light is the name of the game for a week-long sailing holiday. 

This goes right up at the top of our list – nearly everyone will want to document their trip somehow. In this day in age, there’s really no need to go out and buy yourself some extravagant camera just for a holiday, but if you have the desire for it and the cash to blow – by all means. An alternate consideration to make is buying an action camera that can be used underwater. If you’re headed for vibrant coral reefs, that’s one scenario that will make for some pretty epic memories. If you’re just starting out with underwater photography, be sure to study up some of the best underwater cameras, housings, and techniques to capture the perfect images under the waves.

Microfiber Towels :

To preface this, remember – there will be towels on board the boat. If you have a little extra space, though, consider using it to store a microfiber towel for day trips and excursions. These towels dry incredibly fast in the sun, and they don’t hold sand like most other towels, so if you’re headed for a day on the beach – it might be worth the space. 

Polarized Sunglasses :

While polarized shades may not be necessary for everyone’s list, many would call them a requirement. Not all sunglasses are created equal, and polarized lenses make a world of difference – especially around the water. Apart from the added protection for your eyes, polarized lenses are a great way to cut through the glare and reflection on the water. In any case, make sure you protect your eyes with something during your days in the sun. 

International Outlet Adapter :

Depending on where you’re headed, you may want to bring an international outlet adapter for your electronics. 

Home Country Flag :

Many people in the sailing community like to bring their home country’s flag to fly during their journey. It’s just a fun way to represent where you’re coming from, and you’ll be sure to see plenty of other sailboats flying their flags as well.

All that time in the sun can take a toll on your skin, and if you’re not careful, your lips are in line to see the worst of it. SPF lip balms are your best bet for combatting chapped and sunburned lips while on holiday. 

Travel Detergent :

This may be one of the most valuable items you can bring, depending on your style and how you pack. If you want to pack like a minimalist, bring detergent so that you can hand wash clothes in the sink. For drying, simply hang items on a hanger or attach them with a clip to the boat’s deck for quick dry times.

What Not to Pack – Leave the Valuables at Home

Jewelry on a woman's hand

Probably the most essential consideration to make is what NOT to bring on your sailing holiday. Too often, people bring valuables and items of sentiment that are lost or damaged forever.

Do yourself a favor, and leave the following items waiting safely at home for your return.

Valuable and jewelry :.

Valuables and jewelry only serve one purpose at sea – search and recovery missions. Trust us when we say you don’t need these things on the ocean. Even if you are heading inland for a night on the town, you can do without them. Don’t believe us? Ask around to see what others have to say about it. We wouldn’t steer you in the wrong direction. 

Items Made of Iron :

For obvious reasons, anything made of iron should be left at home. The moist, salty air will rapidly degrade and corrode iron products. 

Dress Shoes :

Who wears dress shoes on a boat? The only reason you’d need a nice pair of shoes, be it leather or fancy high heels, is for a night on the town. Let’s just say this – you won’t find many people walking beachside in stilettos. Keep them in the closet – they’ll be waiting for you when you get back.

Anything of Sentiment :

It should go without saying, the ocean can be unforgiving. If you have a ring, bracelet, or necklace that means the world to you, don’t risk bringing it near the water. Valuables that end up overboard often become permanent possessions of the sea.

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There’s hardly a better way to absorb Moscow’s atmosphere than on a ship sailing up and down the Moskva River. While complicated ticketing, loud music and chilling winds might dampen the anticipated fun, this checklist will help you to enjoy the scenic views and not fall into common tourist traps.

How to find the right boat?

There are plenty of boats and selecting the right one might be challenging. The size of the boat should be your main criteria.

Plenty of small boats cruise the Moskva River, and the most vivid one is this yellow Lay’s-branded boat. Everyone who has ever visited Moscow probably has seen it.

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This option might leave a passenger disembarking partially deaf as the merciless Russian pop music blasts onboard. A free spirit, however, will find partying on such a vessel to be an unforgettable and authentic experience that’s almost a metaphor for life in modern Russia: too loud, and sometimes too welcoming. Tickets start at $13 (800 rubles) per person.

Bigger boats offer smoother sailing and tend to attract foreign visitors because of their distinct Soviet aura. Indeed, many of the older vessels must have seen better days. They are still afloat, however, and getting aboard is a unique ‘cultural’ experience. Sometimes the crew might offer lunch or dinner to passengers, but this option must be purchased with the ticket. Here is one such  option  offering dinner for $24 (1,490 rubles).

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If you want to travel in style, consider Flotilla Radisson. These large, modern vessels are quite posh, with a cozy restaurant and an attentive crew at your service. Even though the selection of wines and food is modest, these vessels are still much better than other boats.

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Surprisingly, the luxurious boats are priced rather modestly, and a single ticket goes for $17-$32 (1,100-2,000 rubles); also expect a reasonable restaurant bill on top.

How to buy tickets?

Women holding photos of ships promise huge discounts to “the young and beautiful,” and give personal invitations for river tours. They sound and look nice, but there’s a small catch: their ticket prices are usually more than those purchased online.

“We bought tickets from street hawkers for 900 rubles each, only to later discover that the other passengers bought their tickets twice as cheap!”  wrote  (in Russian) a disappointed Rostislav on a travel company website.

Nevertheless, buying from street hawkers has one considerable advantage: they personally escort you to the vessel so that you don’t waste time looking for the boat on your own.

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Prices start at $13 (800 rubles) for one ride, and for an additional $6.5 (400 rubles) you can purchase an unlimited number of tours on the same boat on any given day.

Flotilla Radisson has official ticket offices at Gorky Park and Hotel Ukraine, but they’re often sold out.

Buying online is an option that might save some cash. Websites such as  this   offer considerable discounts for tickets sold online. On a busy Friday night an online purchase might be the only chance to get a ticket on a Flotilla Radisson boat.

This  website  (in Russian) offers multiple options for short river cruises in and around the city center, including offbeat options such as ‘disco cruises’ and ‘children cruises.’ This other  website  sells tickets online, but doesn’t have an English version. The interface is intuitive, however.

Buying tickets online has its bad points, however. The most common is confusing which pier you should go to and missing your river tour.

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“I once bought tickets online to save with the discount that the website offered,” said Igor Shvarkin from Moscow. “The pier was initially marked as ‘Park Kultury,’ but when I arrived it wasn’t easy to find my boat because there were too many there. My guests had to walk a considerable distance before I finally found the vessel that accepted my tickets purchased online,” said the man.

There are two main boarding piers in the city center:  Hotel Ukraine  and  Park Kultury . Always take note of your particular berth when buying tickets online.

Where to sit onboard?

Even on a warm day, the headwind might be chilly for passengers on deck. Make sure you have warm clothes, or that the crew has blankets ready upon request.

The glass-encased hold makes the tour much more comfortable, but not at the expense of having an enjoyable experience.

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Getting off the boat requires preparation as well. Ideally, you should be able to disembark on any pier along the way. In reality, passengers never know where the boat’s captain will make the next stop. Street hawkers often tell passengers in advance where they’ll be able to disembark. If you buy tickets online then you’ll have to research it yourself.

There’s a chance that the captain won’t make any stops at all and will take you back to where the tour began, which is the case with Flotilla Radisson. The safest option is to automatically expect that you’ll return to the pier where you started.

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  6. Sailing Gear Essentials: the Ultimate Packing List (and PDF)

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