Thinking of setting sail on the ocean blue? Need to get packed for your first voyage and you’re not quite sure what to bring? The Bungee Store has got your back…
Sailing gear basics
There are four basic types of gear that should be in your sailing kit:
Exactly what you need to take on your trip depends on your destination, the journey, and how long you’ll be travelling for. To help you out, we’ve compiled a list of everything you need in your sailing kit to set sail on a successful voyage.
The weather conditions at sea are very different from those on land. If you’ve never travelled to the area before, get online and research or ask skippers/sailors who have regularly frequented the area. The more you get to know the conditions you can expect, the better prepared you’ll be.
Naturally the responsibility of the skipper, so if you’re joining as a crew member, this will be taken care of for you. However, it’s always worthwhile understanding that boat gear usually consists of safety gear, electronics, and navigation equipment.
This applies to personal items such as toiletries and paperwork, and are usually only required for internal trips or journeys over multiple days.
One day trips don’t require too much in terms of additional supplies – except water – but for long trips you will need to take into account food and additional water, especially if a mechanical breakdown happens.
Essential sailing clothes
Underwear (ideally made of wool or neoprene)
Boat shoes or deck shoes
Gloves suitable for sailing
Sailing belt – canvas is ideal
Dry suit for cold weather
Salopettes or ocean trousers
Essential crew gear
Harness and tether for offshore sailing – our Superflex bungee cord works brilliantly here
Toothpaste and toothbrush
Medications in case of sea sickness
Additional gear (also useful for long trips
Mobile phone and charger
Separate power banks
12V to DC adaptors
Plug adaptors for your destinations
Essential boat gear
Compass (both boat and handheld)
Necessary safety equipment
First aid kit
Working anchor and rode
Wind metre (handheld of wind vane)
Boat maintenance log
Chartplotter – updated charts required
Backup chartplotter – this can also be a laptop, tablet, or smartphone
Sextant & up-to-date navigation almanack
Marine VHF phone
Depth sounder (handheld)
Signalling flags for international waters
Required safety equipment
Air horn or whistle
Bosun’s chair for rig work
Flares or LED signalling light
Emergency weather radio
First aid kit that contains at least:
Life raft for offshore sailing
One inshore anchor
Minimum of two offshore anchors
Two storm anchors
Tool kit suitable for minor repairs
Full tank of fuel
Spare parts, e.g. plugs, fuses, etc.
Multimeter for checking wiring
Bottled water – always bring more than you anticipate needing
Fresh and canned foods – as above
Whether you’re taking to the sea or plunging from the skies, we have everything you need for your next adventure. Get in touch with us today to find the best bungee cords for you.