Prepare yourself for sailing

How to prepare yourself for sailing between Colombia and Panama

Sailing on a sailboat for 5 days means many people and little space. It is therefore important to think minimalistic.

Prepare your luggage before you board the sailboat. When you pack you should have one smaller bag with the things and clothes you will need for the sailboat trip and leave the other things in your regular luggage that will be stored away for the duration of the sailboat trip in San Blas.

Think minimalistic and be realistic about what you really need. The less you bring into the main living areas of the boat the better it is for all traveling.

Secure your luggage

It is important to secure your luggage from saltwater. You may put your luggage in a large plastic/trash bag as well as covering items inside the bag in smaller plastic bags. There is always the possibility of luggage getting wet while being transferred between dinghy and boat, as well as during the sailing trip.

What to things to bring on the sailboat trip

  • Skin protector
  • Snacks
  • Alcohol (if you like a drink)
  • Insect repellent
  • Seasick tablets (Dramamine in Panama or Mareol in Colombia)
  • Personal entertainment (music/reading material etc.)
  • 2 Towels
  • 2 swimsuits
  • 2 T-shirts / shorts
  • A light jacket and pants

Before you board the boat

Take one seasick tablet two hours before departing.