If you’re going to spend your R&R time with some liveaboards, but have never done such a thing before, and maybe feel in over your head, don’t fret. Take a deep breath, read on, and know that soon enough you will be rocking with the waves of the ocean and sipping on sundowners.

Before taking off on your well-deserved vacation, here are a few things that you can expect may happen and things that will be appreciated by your hosts.

  • First things first, your luggage. Large, hard-case suitcases should be completely banned from any sailboat. No one has room for that, unless you don’t mind having it as your bunk mate. “Confined quarters” means there is room for you, and some of your stuff, not for luggage the size of a secondary small human. We HIGHLY recommend you pack your things in duffel bags, or any soft material bag that you can roll up and stow somewhere once you have unpacked the excessive (see below) amount of stuff you brought.


  • Excessive packing will most likely happen. Like on any vacation, you always feel you need all of your stuff. Go through your things and ask yourself, “will I really need this for a week long vacation?” Chances are, weather permitting, you are going to spend most of your time in a bathing suit, so pack a couple of those, mostly everything else can be purged from your luggage. A couple shirts, a couple shorts, one pair of pants, a dress, and sunscreen (don’t forget the sunscreen). Outside of your daily necessities you will probably find that you gravitate to the same clothes everyday and will most likely head home at the end of your trip not having worn half the stuff you brought. It’s a vacation, de-clutter your mind, your luggage, and give yourself some breathing space in your berth.


    You don’t want your berth to look like this because you packed too much!

  • Most boats run off of 12volt power, supplied by solar, wind gens, and sometimes an extra boost from a generator. There will be ways to power your electronics, if you feel you really need to bring them. Keep in mind the salt water environment, you may want waterproof cases for your things; accidents do happen, especially when you up your time around water. You can also leave all that stuff behind, drop off the face of the online world for a little bit, and truly disconnect for your vacation. If an emergency arises, or you really need to check your facebook, your hosts most likely have a phone (with internet) they can lend you…how do you think they got ahold of you to plan this vacation?! 
  • If you get motion sick/seasick and have meds that you have tried and/or prefer, bring them. If not, your hosts probably have some on hand or can recommend some to you. Don’t feel ashamed about it or let it put a halt to your ocean adventures. Even the saltiest salts get bouts of seasickness and there are plenty of tricks and meds that can make the trip absolutely delightful.