How To Pack for a Sailing Trip

Popular Question: I've never been sailing before, what do I need to pack?

 

Answer: Please feel free to leave your jackets, heels and boots at home. We are sailing some of the most exotic waters known to the planet, and these relics of your previous life are best left at home.

 

What you can bring for a sailing trip includes:

 

  • A duffel bag to hold all of your items (rolling luggage is difficult to store on the boat)
     
  • Long sleeve shirts to shelter you from the searing Caribbean sun, or tanks if you're ready for the heat.
     
  • Comfortable shorts- athletic or board- for climbing around the boat and pulling lines with ease.
     
  • Bathing suits for when the crew has you covered and you get a chance to tan on the bow.
     
  • Fishing lines for deep sea grocery shopping.
     
  • Sunglasses that are polarized, to also shelter you from the searing Caribbean sun.
     
  • A waterproof stereo to blast your favorite tunes while cruising the waves.
     
  • A towel for drying off after a quick dip in the sea.
     
  • A sunhat or snapback to keep the sun off of your face.
     
  • Sunscreen for face and body.
     
  • A sweater for chillier days or nights on the water, when the sun is hiding behind the clouds and the winds picked up a few knots.
     
  • If you're prone to sea sickness, a good box of dramamine from your local pharmacy is perfect to keep you going. For the more holistic minded, these pressure wrist bands or a drop of ginger essential oil will do the trick.

 

Aside from these essentials, The Soul Sail is all about being outside with hiking, yoga classes, and group activities at night. You'll want to bring any other clothing and accessories that will help you feel comfortable in all of these settings (leggings, khakis, dresses, button downs, etc...). We look forward to whatever you bring, but more than anything, we're amped for you to bring your friends!

Why a Non Sailor Continues To Sail - maya's opinion (she has a lot of them)

I can only tie the most basic knot, I couldn’t tell you the first thing about a pressure system, and I always seem to conveniently forget that I get violently sea-sick until we’re underway. And yet, I continue to sail. Or at least, I look for any and all opportunities to get out on the water and explore. Lucky for me, I have a bevy of extremely capable and generous sailor friends that always seem to indulge me.

So why sail? Because it is bar none the best way to experience this big bad world, completely unhindered by conventional travel restrictions. When you sail, there are no ferry schedules or transfer rules to abide by - you go where you want, when you want. And there is something incomparably liberating about that. Because exploration is about the road untravelled, and the most fulfilling adventures are the ones you stumble upon. Playing basketball with dozens of children in a remote island village in the Philippines is one of my most treasured travel memories, an experience that would have been absolutely impossible if we weren’t sailing. Because real freedom is born at sea. And because there is something incredibly sexy about yachts… and the captains who have learned to pilot them. 

In fact, tomorrow I think I’ll challenge myself to learn a new knot.

What is the Soul Sail?

Since launching The Soul Sail trailer back in December, we've been asked the same question over and over again. What is The Soul Sail?

We are all about living a full life- sailing with friends around the British Virgin Islands, while blending in with the environment. We support local establishments, entrepreneurs and businesses that might normally go unnoticed as they humbly focus on providing organic food, working within their community, and providing experiences that are unparalleled. From yoga on a helipad, to sunrise hikes and organic farm to table breakfasts. From learning to kite surf to kicking back for a movie screening under the moon. We are committed to helping you discover all four corners of the islands we visit. Our day events are designed to be exhilarating activities that expand your horizons, and our evenings are filled with laid back events that take the thrill down to chill and allow you to connect with your fellow Soul Sailors.

In a world of selfies and screens, we answer the question "Why are you always on your phone?”.

Because you've never had as compelling a reason to look up.