What Food to Bring for Your Sailing Trip

6 November 2018

What Food to Bring for Your Sailing Trip

Sailing can be a pretty fun experience if you manage to plan well in advance. One of the main questions most beginners have is what food to bring on the boat.

You don’t need to worry. Once you’ve packed all your essentials like clothes and sunscreen, make sure you pack up some food so that you don’t go hungry on your trip. Check out some of the food you should bring on a sailing trip!

How to buy food?

  • Charter companies: These companies provision your food for you. Fill out a form regarding what your food preference is, which foods should be avoided in case an individual is allergic to them and the number of people that will be sailing on the boat.
  • Advance ordering: A convenient way to purchase food for your sailing trip is advance ordering. Simply log onto a website that provides such services, select the groceries that you want, and they will be delivered right to your doorstep.
  • Grocery/department stores: The most obvious way to purchase food for a sailing trip is to visit your nearest mart. Unlike advance ordering, you will not have to wait for your food to be delivered.
  • Vacuum packed: Vacuum packed food will stay fresh for longer and retain its color. It’s a perfect option if you plan to take along fruits, vegetables, or meat.
Assortment of various vegetables for a sailing trip


What to bring for your sailing trip?

  • Breakfast: Milk, cereal, bagels, muffins, granola bars, and eggs.
  • Lunch: Sandwiches and chips.
  • Dinner: Soups, grilled chicken, sandwiches, and one-pot meals.
  • Extras: Salt, pepper, mayonnaise, mustard, and ketchup.
  • Beverages, Soft drinks, water, juices, and any other drinks.
  • Supplies: Tissues, napkins, cutlery, a cooler, ice, and basic medicines.
  • Snacks: Chips, cheese, juices, sandwiches, crackers, and granola bars.


  • Ensure that you stock up on your canned food a few days prior to going on your sailing trip.
  • Remember that what you eat on shore may not suit you on water. For instance, if ready-to-eat soup is one of your favorite foods at home, it does not mean that you will digest it well at sea. Keep all possibilities open.
  • Some foods, like jam, are stored better in glass containers.
  • Have a list of all the things you will take with you.
  • Write down every food item you plan to take like tea, coffee, napkins, butter, etc.
  • Try to purchase in bulk to benefit from cost advantages.
Bulk carrots and leaks for sailing trip

Dinner on a boat and meal planning – boat-friendly recipes

Keep your dinner simple yet delicious. This would save time and lead to less food wastage. Make a list of all your provisions that you will be bringing aboard and divide them according to the days of your sailing trip and in accordance with the number of people, thus, aiding in meal planning.

Let’s look at some delicious, easy boat recipes that will also help you eat well on a boat.

Pot roast packets

  • Half-pound beef or lamb cut
  • 4 peeled and chopped carrots
  • 2 medium cubed potatoes
  • 1 diced onion
  • ¼ cup Worcester sauce
  • Onion soup mix 1 pack
  • Pepper


  • Bring cut vegetables onboard. Put a cut of meat on aluminum foil with a portion of vegetables.
  • Mix Worcester sauce with onion mix and drizzle over the meat with pepper.
  • Wrap the pack and grill for 20 minutes on medium heat.

Stuffed chicken roll-ups

  • Take one chicken breast per person and flatten it.
  • Stuff it with your desired filling and roll the chicken fillet securing it with toothpicks.
  • Sprinkle some oil and salt for taste.
  • Roll in flour and then egg and again flour for a good coating.
  • Fry until golden.

Some filling options

  • Italian: Mushroom, parsley, and onion.
  • Apricot: Dried apricots, thyme, and minced garlic.
  • Asian: Soy sauce, cabbage, ginger, garlic, and water chestnuts.