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What Food To Buy For a Sailing Trip And In What Amount

The amount of food you are going to take to your boat depends upon the number of people and rough estimates of how much each person can eat in a day times the number of days of your sailing trip. The rule of thumb for the sailing food is to take a little bit extra.

That refers to the  non-perishable food. Buy perishables in quantities that you can use before they go bad since you can get them every other day, or whenever you are in port. There are no restrictions in which food you may take on board. Do not forget to get snacks and enough drinking water. This also includes alcohol and non-alcoholic drinks.

Cover daily meals

So what food to buy for sailing? It is a good idea to make a list according to meals - breakfast, lunch, dinner. So for breakfast you would normally buy milk, cereals, bagels, eggs, ham, jams, butter and bread. For lunch you can have anything you want. But if you want to keep it simple, buy foods that can be assembled into some light salads or sandwiches. That includes lettuce, different vegetables, canned tuna, pasta, cheese and some meat, like chicken for example. Dinners usually require a bit more planning. You need to comply everyone's tastes and habits - whether they are vegetarian or not - and also, you should keep in mind the very groceries you are going to buy. They need to last, especially if you are not going to be able to go grocery shopping during your sailing holidays, and they also need to have short preparation period, the last thing you want on your sailing holiday is to spend hours cooking. We suggest you buy tomato sauce, mince meat, steaks, vegetables, pasta, rice and beans.
Snacks are also important to have on your sailing food list, especially if you are taking children with you. Potato chips, granola bars, cookies, chocolate and dried fruit all fall into that category.

Get enough drinks

When it comes to drinks, the rule of thumb is 1.5 liters/person/day. Also, do not forget to buy enough (or some more) soda and beers. You will most definitely end up drinking more of both than you do at home. Coffee and tea should also be on the list.

Buy your prefered condiments

If you want any condiments besides salt and pepper that might be on the boat, like spices, mayonnaise, ketchup, you should buy them by yourselves.

Suggested groceries

Quantities are difficult to estimate, especially considering the fact that at sea people get hungry and eat more than on dry land.  Try our sailing cooking tips.
A 400 g tin will serve 2 - 3 people; 120 - 220 g of meat per person; up to 300 g of potatoes per person; some 100 g of fresh vegetables per portion; 120 g of dry pasta per person and half as much of rice per person.

Here are our suggestions of what you should buy for sailing and cooking on a yacht. Bear in mind that groceries like milk, meat, bread and vegetables need to be restocked when possible.

Drinks Meat Fruits and vegetables Dairy products Condiments Snacks Canned food Other
Water Minced meat Bananas Milk Salt and pepper Rice pudding Soup Rice
Soft drinks Ham Carrots Cheese Herbs and spices Chocolate bars Tomato sauce Pasta
Juices Chicken pieces Iceberg lettuce Yoghurts (long life) Mayonnaise Biscuits Pickle Sliced bread - long life
Tea/coffee Bacon Apples Butter / margarine Sugar Nuts Tuna Eggs
  Sausages Cucumbers   Vegetable oil   Beans Cornflakes
  Stewing beef Oranges         Crisps
    Potatoes         Jam, marmalade, honey
    Tomatoes         Peanut butter
    Onions          
    Garlic bulbs          
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