The Secret Sailing Packing List

We want your windjammer cruise to be the absolute best it can be; so we thought we’d share our not-so-secret sailing packing list with you to give you an overview of what you should bring on your Maine sailing adventure as well as some tips and information for your trip.

Don't forget your swim suit!

The Essentials

  • Soft, squishy luggage that can be stowed easily. No steamer trunks, please!
  • Comfy rubber-soled shoes.
  • Casual, easy-to-layer, comfortable clothing.
  • Rain gear

Stay dry! Bring rain gear.

  • Extra socks
  • A fleece jacket, sweatshirt, hoodie, wind breaker, etc. It is frequently windy on the water and evenings get chilly even in the summer time.
  • Swimsuit, for swimming or simply sunbathing.
  • Waterproof zip-lock bags for things you want to keep dry – or plastic bags for things that get wet.
  • Your necessary medications.
  • Motion sickness medicine, if you feel you need it.

Sun hats help prevent sunburn.

The Extras

  • Binoculars, for watching seals, birds, and maybe even whale!
  • A good camera, panoramic if you have a lens or compatible camera
  • Don’t forget extra film, batteries or SD cards!
  • Small musical instruments.

Do you play? Bring your instrument! There is music at night aboard almost every cruise.

  • Hats and even scarves and mittens.
  • Sunscreen
  • A good book, or two…or three.
  • BYOB. We provide ice chests for guests’ beverages. We request that alcohol be used in moderation.
  • Earplugs. These are provided on most vessels, but if you have your own, it’s not a bad idea to bring them.

Have Children Who Are Joining You Aboard?

  • Books
  • Writing journal
  • Camera and/or binoculars
  • Card games
  • Coloring books and crayons
  • Crossword, Find-a-word, or other type word games/puzzles.
  • A notebook for writing down names and information for new friends you meet and want to stay in touch with.

Tips & Important Information

  • Lend a helping hand! Guests are encouraged to participate. Want to help cook? Wash dishes? Set the table? Talk to the First Mate. They usually always accept your kind offers of help!
  • NO SMOKING below decks. Ever. Check with your captain to see what their policy is on smoking in general. Some vessels do not permit it at all.
  • No running on deck. Spaces can be small (or wet!) and there are others on board.
  • Descend stairs BACKWARDS. We’re serious. Your chest should be facing the stairs with your hands on the rails.
  • Diet needs. If you have special dietary needs, be sure to inform your captain upon reservation of your berth. Do not wait until last minute to tell them. Shopping is done before guests get on board.
  • Allergies. If you have food allergies, severe reactions to insect bites, or other important health concerns, PLEASE inform your captain before you board.
  • Safety. There is ONE INSTANCE, and ONE INSTANCE only to use the phrase “man overboard”. Use it only if there is a need.
  • We strive to make all passengers feel special and cared for on our cruises. Your fellow vacationers will appreciate the efforts you make to be mindful, respectful and friendly, as they will with you.

See our FAQ for additional helpful information to the most popular questions we get.