Dinghy Cruising with Phillips
Chapter 11
Clothing, Personal Items, First Aid

We do not change clothes every day. We try to do the laundry in camp or at a laundromat once or twice a week.

Fair Weather

  • T-shirt, shorts
  • Swimsuit
  • Cap or hat
  • Sunglasses and spares
  • Shoregoing clothes — one set good enough for supper ashore, stowed separately

Cold Days, Evenings

  • Long underwear, trousers
  • Sweaters
  • Wind-proof jacket
  • Footwear
  • Sneakers or boat shoes, and spare pair
  • Socks, including knee socks
  • Rubber boots (for launching, going ashore in a marshy place or among poison ivy. And for wet weather)

Sleeping Gear

  • Pyjamas
  • Sleeping bag
  • Air mattress and means for inflation (we use our lungs, but it is a chore). There is a fairly expensive self-inflating mattress made from open-cell foam which we are trying: ("Therm-a-Rest": Cascade Designs, Inc., Seattle).

Wet Weather and Flying Spray

  • Foul weather gear, 2-piece with hood, bright orange or yellow. It would be good to have an outside pocket on the trousers, but such do not seem to be made so we have added our own pocket.
  • Neck towel
  • Wet suit is usual for racing in cold water.
  • Many people prefer not to wear a wet suit for sailing all day, but immersion in cold water is dangerous. An alternative to a wet suit is UVIC or similar flotation jacket.

Miscellaneous Essentials

  • Toothbrush, comb, shaving equipment
  • Soap and towels
  • Toilet paper and trowel
  • Sunscreen cream (Pabafilm or any cream with para-aminobenzoic acid in it)
  • Hand cream
  • Mosquito repellent, cream or spray
  • Mosquito coils (Pyrethrin)
  • Gloves
  • Shackler knife and whistle for each person
  • Binoculars
  • Sewing kit


  • Books, cards, chess, Scrabble
  • Stamps and writing paper
  • Camera and film
  • Fishing tackle

First Aid Kit

  • Solarcaine
  • Elastoplast Dressing Strip (narrow and wide)
  • Antiseptic or antibiotic powder
  • Aspirin, Tylenol, 222 tablets or Tylenol #1
  • Gravol
  • Kaopectate
  • Antihistamine tablets, e.g. Chlor-Tripolon
  • Eyedrops, e.g. Murine
  • Clove Oil for toothache
  • Bandages
  • Strapping
  • Elastic bandages
  • Personal medicines 
  • if your doctor agrees:
    • Prescription pain pills
    • antibiotic tablets
    • Cortisone (Aristocort D cream) for poison ivy
Check with your doctor whether you need a tetanus booster before you go.
Chapter 1: Introduction
Chapter 2: Planning
Chapter 3: Equipment
Chapter 4: Rigging and Sails
Chapter 5: Camping
Chapter 6: Cooking and catering
Chapter 7: Communication
Chapter 8: Navigation
Chapter 9: Heavy Weather
Chapter 10: Spares and repairs
Chapter 11: Clothing, Personal Items, First Aid
Chapter 12: Stowage
Chapter 13: The Record
Appendix A: The CWA Cruising Library
Appendix A1: Dinghy Cruising Logs on line
Appendix B: Book List
Appendix C: Recipes
Appendix D: Addresses: Government Agencies, etc.
Appendix E: Buoyancy Testing