What to bring
What to bring clearly depends on the time of year that you will be sailing. Some basic rules will always apply.
Ideally, this will be a soft bag, so that if it gets thrown around below it won't do any damage. Many people bring bags with wheels and make sure they are stowed carefully. Completely solid suitcases should be avoided, and will definitely make you unpopular with the skipper.
Layers are the key. While the Mediterranean climate is usually very warm, a stiff breeze when you are a few miles offshore can rapidly bring the temperature down. Having clothes that can layer will really help.
- Hats: It gets very bright and very hot in the Balearics. Anyone with fair skin or thinning hair would benefit from a hat.
- Shoes: Shoes should be soft and flexible. Deck shoes are best, but failing that, trainers are key. You want good grip, and skippers also want you not to mark the deck. Dark soles are to be avoided and anything sharp or pointy is definitely not welcome. You may want flip-flops to visit the showers (although most are extremely clean) and smart shoes to go ashore are entirely acceptable. (Just be prepared to carry them when in the dinghy or clambering ashore)
- Oilskins: Always ask if oilskins or waterproofs are supplied. You may well need to bring your own.
- Bedding: Most charter companies supply sheets, pillows and pillowcases. Ask to be sure. Outside high season (mid-June to August), it can get cold at night, so it is worth bringing or asking for a blanket.
- Towels: If you want a big towel, you should definitely bring your own. Most charter companies only supply a small towel, or don't supply one at all.
Suncream and sunglasses are a must. Swimsuits. Something smart to go out in if that is your thing. Enough changes of clothes (and footwear) in case you get soaked.