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Packing list for sailing trips

As we sail in international waters, you will need a valid passport or identity card!

As for clothing, bear in mind that it can be humid and very cold or very sunny at sea at any time of the year. It is better to bring one more jumper than one too few. Headgear and sunscreen are also a must!

If you cannot only play a musical instrument, but also like to do so on board, the crew will love it if you bring it along. Otherwise, limit your luggage and personal equipment to the essentials. Binoculars, a music system and various books and board games are available on most ships.

If possible, avoid hard suitcases. If you don’t have a duffel bag to hand, rolling bags or travel bags are a better alternative.


(In addition to normal clothes)

  • Headgear (cap, hat,…)
  • Scarf
  • Sunglasses
  • Weatherproof jacket
  • Weatherproof and slip-resistant shoes/hiking boots
  • Sailing trousers / rain trousers
  • Sports shoes / sturdy sandals (Please do not wear shoes with heels or leather soles on board).
  • Swimwear

Toiletry bag

  • Shower supplies
  • Towels (often also available for hire on board)
  • Sunscreen (always!)
  • Toiletries and personal travel pharmacy: If necessary, Zintona or other ginger capsules against seasickness. Benefit: no side effects!


  • Valid passport
  • Photo camera, video camera
  • Phone and charger
  • Torch
  • Musical instrument (only if you can play it).

For groups

  • Tea towels, hand towels, washing-up liquid, washing-up brush and sponges
  • Toilet paper (no wet toilet paper, toilet blocks, etc.)
  • Rubbish bags (120 litres)

Safety on board

All seagoing vessels must comply with extensive national and international safety regulations and are regularly inspected by the Dutch Shipping Inspectorate (SI) and the German BG-Verkehr. The entire crew is also trained according to international standards (STCW) and undergoes regular safety training. Similar standards apply at national level for the IJsselmeer and Wadden Sea fleets.

All ships have the following safety equipment on board (non-exhaustive list):

  • life rafts
  • lifejackets
  • Children’s swimming vests
  • Lifebuoys
  • Lifenet for man overboard (MOB) manoeuvres
  • Alert systems
  • Smoke and fire alarm system
  • Fire extinguishing system in engine room
  • Various mobile fire extinguishers
  • Bilge pumps
  • Emergency power generator

Navigation and communication equipment

  • Magnetic compasses & GPS
  • AIS (Automatic Identification System)
  • VHF & VHF walkie-talkies

Many ships also have the following additional equipment: radar, Navtex, EPIRB, SART, defibrillator, smoke light signal for man-overboard manoeuvres, distress signal rockets. If you have any questions about the equipment or certification of a particular ship, do not hesitate to contact us.