Gear to Bring on Your Next Sailing Vacation

Heading out on a charter in the tropics? Here are some items for your gear bag.

When packing for a sailing vacation, space is at a premium, so you want to only bring gear that you know you’ll use: High-quality polarized sunglasses that will not only reduce eye fatigue, but also help you read the water better, stylish sandals that are perfect for in town or on the dock, and a water bottle that won’t weigh you down.

Costa Del Mar
Costa BaffinCourtesy of the manufacturer

Need new sunglasses for your sailing vacation? Check out the styles in the new Untangled line from Costa, including Baffin (shown). The polarized glass lenses are perfect for days on the water. But the best part about these glasses is that the frames are made from recycled fishing nets.

Costa Baffin $200

Kalapu
Olukai Kalapu SandalsCourtesy of the manufacturer

Keep your gear bag light with sandals that can pull double duty on the beach or out to dinner. The Kalapu features water-resistant synthetic straps and a nonmarking rubber outsole with traction for extra grip on wet surfaces. In addition to Legion Blue (shown), the Kalapu sandals are available in black and Hibiscus Red.

Olukai Kalapu Sandals
$75

Microlite 720
GSI Outdoors Microlite 720Courtesy of the manufacturer

Trash is an issue on many of the islands we love to visit on a ­charter vacation. Do the communities and the environment a favor by bringing along a few reusable bottles for your drinks aboard. This Microlite 750 is super thin-walled and can fit in just about any cup holder, yet can keep drinks hot for up to nine hours or cold for up to 22 hours. The lid is available in a twist-off or a flip top.

GSI Outdoors Microlite 720
$29