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Breakfast on sailboat in Croatia

PROVISIONING THE BOAT FOR  SAILING HOLIDAYS IN CROATIA

Getting ready for your upcoming sailing adventure in Croatia’s stunning waters? Sailing trips offer a chance to explore beautiful islands and revel in the open sea’s freedom. To fully enjoy your journey, smartly plan your onboard food and drink supplies. In this guide, we’ll walk you through the basics of a delightful and easy culinary experience during your sailing vacation.

1. Stock Up for 3 Days:

When gearing up for your sailing vacation, consider buying provisions for at least three days. This guarantees you have enough supplies to begin without the immediate need for restocking. Croatian islands have well-equipped shops and supermarkets, often open late, making it convenient to refresh supplies as you island-hop. (For Kornati trips, it’s advised to buy enough supplies ahead since there are no shops; first shops are in Skradin, Šibenik, and Primošten.)

 

 

buying provisions for sailing holidays in Croatia

2. Avoid Overprovisioning:

Though it’s tempting to load up before sailing, remember you don’t need excessive food. Croatian islands offer great provisioning choices, from fresh produce to meat and dairy. Enjoy the local touch by buying some items locally, supporting the economy, and indulging in regional flavors.

3. Mind Your Refrigeration:

Most sailboats feature medium fridges, some even with freezers. Consider the available fridge space when planning. Opt for compact, easily storable items. Vacuum-sealed or canned goods are smart options, saving space and freshness.

 

Sailboat in Croatia fridge
Fridge on a sailboat

 

4. Don’t Forget Bottled Water:

While the water on the boat is suitable for cooking and washing, it’s not recommended for drinking as it comes from the boat’s tanks. To ensure you stay hydrated and refreshed, include bottled water in your provisioning list. Make sure you have an adequate supply of water to last throughout your sailing holidays, especially if you’re sailing to more remote areas where access to shops might be limited.

Bottled water on sailboat in Croatia

 

5. Must-Have Food and Drinks for Your Sailing Adventure:

With provisioning basics covered, here are key items for your food and drink list:

NON-PERISHABLE FOOD ITEMS:

  • Pasta, rice, or couscous – versatile staples that are easy to cook.
  • Canned goods like tuna or vegetables.
  • Nuts and trail mix for quick and nutritious snacks.
  • Crackers and biscuits for light bites.
  • Olive oil and your favorite spices for flavoring.
  • Note that salt, pepper and sugar are already stocked on board.

FRESH FOOD ITEMS (FOR THE FIRST 2 DAYS):

  • Fresh fruits and vegetables – consider produce with a longer shelf life like apples, oranges, and carrots.
  • Bread – choose types that stay fresh longer, such as whole grain or sourdough.

DRINKS:

  • Bottled water – essential for staying hydrated throughout your journey.
  • Non-alcoholic beverages like canned juices, soft drinks, and sparkling water.
  • Coffee and tea – bring your preferred coffee/tea bags and any necessary sweeteners or creamers.
  • Alcoholic beverages – consider bringing some of your favorite alcoholic drinks to enjoy onboard. Here are a few suggestions:
  • Local Croatian wines – try some red, white, or rosé wines produced in the region.
  • Croatian beers – taste the local beer varieties for a refreshing experience.
  • Spirits and mixers – if you enjoy cocktails, pack a bottle of your favorite spirit (e.g., vodka, rum, gin) along with some mixers like tonic water or fruit juices.
 
Below we have prepared a sample provisioning list, you only need to add the quantities and print it out.  

 

6. Meal Planning and Storage:

To make meal preparation easier on board, plan simple and delicious recipes that require minimal cooking. Pasta salads, sandwiches, and one-pot dishes are great options. Store your provisions in cool, dry places, and organize your fridge efficiently to maximize space.

lunch on sailboat

7. Embrace the Local Cuisine:

While it’s essential to carry some provisions, don’t miss out on exploring the local cuisine of Croatia. Treat yourself to seafood delicacies, traditional dishes, and visit local markets to try fresh produce. Savoring regional flavors is one of the best ways to immerse yourself in the culture of each island. 

Olives in Croatia
green market split
Local fish market in Croatia

CONCLUSION

With this food and drinks provisioning guide, you’re all set for an unforgettable sailing holiday in Croatia. Remember to plan for at least three days of provisions, avoid overloading your boat, and include bottled water on your list.
Enjoy the freedom of the open sea, explore the stunning Croatian islands, and indulge in both your onboard meals and the fantastic local cuisine.
Bon voyage and bon appétit!

lunch on boat

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