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Top 10 things you can't go sailing without according to expert

We asked our resident yacht charter experts what they never sail without. Out of all the responses, we whittled it down to the top 10 most useful items you can’t charter without. Let’s dive in!

1) Hammock


Packable, portable, versatile, a travel hammock will get you in the island mood in no time. Sling it up between two palms or kick back onboard to truly relax.

2) Waterproof dry bags

Waterproof Dry Bags by Odyssey 
$15.97 - $22.97

Keep everything dry from dinghy to land. These come in all shapes and sizes—from iPhone-friendly to enough for everyone’s beach towels.

3) Headlamp

Shining Buddy LED Headlamp 
$12.97 - $14.97

Hands-free flashlights are fabulous. Some even have a red light setting for deck work at night. LED lights will last a week or longer without a battery change.

4) Swim Mask

Speedo Adult Recreation Dive Mask 

Snorkel equipment is included on all Sunsail yachts, but bringing your own can certainly make a difference, especially in those colorful coral reef destinations.

5) Portable Coffee Press

KONA French Press Coffee Tea & Espresso Maker 

If you can’t have your coffee any other way, bring a portable French press and your favorite blend to make that morning sunrise all the more familiar.

6) Meat Tenderizer

McCormick Meat Tenderizer Non-seasoned 

The papain enzyme (a main ingredient in most meat tenderizers) provides instant relief if you catch a rare jellyfish sting. Just mix 1-part powder with 1-part water and apply.

7) Cards

Bicycle Standard Index Playing Cards (Pack of 2) 

Want to play a game? Who doesn’t! A fresh deck of cards can turn a dull rainy day into a boatload of fun for the entire family.

8) Audio Cable

iXCC 3-Ft Tangle-Free Male to Male 3.5mm Auxiliary Cable 

While USB is the future; some of our older boats feature a standard audio input. Bring a 1/8” audio cable to ensure you’re connected for music aboard.

9) Waterproof Camera

GoPro HERO4 Silver 

Be it a GoPro HERO4 or a water-friendly smartphone, a waterproof camera captures all amazing-ness above, and below, the waterline.

10) Water shoes

Postor Unisex Barefoot Water Skin Shoes 
$10.99 - $15.99

Bareboat, bare feet, bare…where were we going with this? Oh yeah, water shoes will protect your feet from those rocky, wet parts of paradise.

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