3 Crucial Tips for a Better Family Sailing Vacation

3 Crucial Tips for a Better Family Sailing Vacation
13 Apr 2020

If you’re fond of open sea and sailing, don’t hesitate to introduce your kids to the beauty of it all for the next family vacation. It’s easy to worry too much and constantly go through potential risks and dangers, seasickness, and overall entertainment for kids on board. But the fact of the matter is that kids generally tend to love and enjoy this family adventure experience. With the right preparation, you won’t have to worry about your kids getting bored. What’s more, teaching your kids more about sailing is a great way to show that you trust them and give them more responsibility. The instructive process will bring your kids closer to the love of nature and allow them to use their critical thinking skills in a fun and constructive manner. If you’re planning a family sailing vacation for the following summer, keep in mind the following tips.

kids sailing

1. Make Sure Your Kids Will Have Fun

Being on a boat is already an amusing experience for kids but if you want to avoid them having even a moment of boredom, make sure to prepare and bring adequate games and toys, as well as consider interesting activities that will keep the whole family engaged. Chances are your Internet connection won’t work at all, so go back to the basics such as cards and board games. Of course, don’t forget to bring the children’s colouring kits and books.

Furthermore, when you plan a sailing vacation it’s only natural that you craft an itinerary and choose the best stops that every family member would love. In that respect, consider fun water sports available at different sailing stops. These could be kayaking, snorkelling, water skiing, and visiting the amazing water parks along your route.

sailing life jackets

2. Stay Safe During Your Vacation

If you’re set on taking your kids on a sailing adventure for your next family trip, you might feel more comfortable on a larger boat such as a yacht. It’s crucial that you put trust in a reputable yacht charter broker who’ll help you choose the best boat for your needs.

On the other hand, you might be looking for something more budget-friendly. Even a smaller boat can be an oasis of fun if you ensure that it has an adequate amount of life jackets that will fit everyone on board. Also, make sure that the boat has a functioning lifeboat and radio, too. Finally, if you’re the one in charge on board, you’ll have to brief the kids about the safety regulations. This might seem like a challenge at first, but kids will gladly accept the responsibilities given to them as a part of this new adventure.

woman sailing

3. Pack the Essentials

Aside from inspecting the boat and making sure it has a good number of life jackets, you’ll also have to bring true necessities with you on board. This obviously isn’t just about your games and other toys to keep the kids entertained, but your clothes, food, and medicine as well.

Most sailing destinations have hot weather, so focus your attention on packing light cotton clothes for everyone in your family. You might also benefit from water shoes as well as light sneakers and sandals. Just in case, pack one outfit for everyone that would keep you warm in case you happen upon a storm.

For your first aid kit, make sure that you have all the prescription meds everyone in your family would need. Wound sanitizers, band-aid, insect repellents, sunscreen, pain medication, and seasickness tablets are a must, as well.

Food-wise, it all depends whether you’ll be taking a group sailing vacation on a yacht or arrange your own trip. If you’re a part of a larger group, you’ll probably have a chef on board, so just let them know about potential food allergies your kids might have. In case you’ll be the only ones on board, stock up on drinking water, non-perishable food, and snacks. However, there’s no need to go overboard as you’ll also spend a lot of time on the shore, exploring the stops on your sailing route, where you’ll be able to get some food, too.

Keep in mind that the best family sailing vacation requires a comprehensive itinerary. You don’t want to be on the boat 24/7 and risk a cabin fever. After all, it’s always more exciting to make a stop at different ports and see what these places have to offer to tourists. This will keep the kids entertained and engaged, and they’ll have a way to use up their energy on the ground, which is a lot better than having restless kids on board.


Diana Wills

Diana Wills is a freelance writer and a Biochemistry graduate. Besides her Ph.D. studies, she has a special interest in writing about a healthy lifestyle, family wellness, and self-care. She’s a regular contributor at HighStyLife.com and Ripped.me, along with many other online publications. Her case-study articles on healthy nutrition and family wellness topics were featured on relevant websites from the niche and her current projects are focused on child development news and research.

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