Depending on your plans, you are always advised to do essential shopping before arriving at the base or after the check-in procedure. Please note that before the check-in procedure is done on the boat, you are not allowed to bring your luggage or groceries on the boat.
While sailing the Adriatic, you will probably moor on some of the islands, and you must know that most villages and city harbours have shops and small markets, so we recommend you buy fresh local food daily. However, some smaller islands or bays, especially the ones you plan to moor or anchor on the first night, might not have a shop or restaurant, depending on your plans.
In response to the increasing demand for boat and yacht charters in Croatia, a notable trend has been building new supermarkets near Boat marinas. This has been due to the growing popularity of sailing charter holidays, creating a need for convenient and well-stocked provisioning options for experienced sailors and first-time charterers.
Proper provisioning is crucial to ensuring a smooth and enjoyable sailing experience. From stocking up on essential supplies to planning meals and catering to diverse preferences, provisioning your yacht is a critical component of a successful sailing holiday. This guide will explore helpful tips to make provisioning seamless and enjoyable.
Investing time in meticulous planning is essential to ensure a seamless and enjoyable sailing holiday. Along with mapping out your sailing itinerary and the picturesque islands and bays you'll be visiting, creating a comprehensive shopping list is equally important. Doing so lets you stock up on all the necessary supplies and provisions to make the most out of your sailing adventure.
Start by creating a comprehensive provisioning list that includes all the essentials, such as fresh produce, non-perishable goods, beverages, and special dietary items. Planning allows you to anticipate your needs and avoid last-minute rushes.
Croatia boasts a rich culinary tradition, and exploring local markets is a delightful way to immerse yourself in the culture—Prioritise fresh, locally sourced ingredients by visiting markets in towns along your sailing route. Additionally, familiarise yourself with supermarkets in the area, which offer a wide range of products to cater to your provisioning needs.
We recommend you agree with your taxi or airport transfer provider on the way to your charter base to stop for an hour or so to utilise your shopping list fully. Sometimes, on the way from the airport, part of the group gets out of the minivan at the largest shopping centre close to the charter base, while the other part goes on with the check-in procedure. Usually, both parties are done at the same time, and the transfer company will organise a cabbie colleague to pick up the shopping centre group, as the minivan is no longer needed because 1 part of the group and their luggage are already at the base for check-in. Therefore, a regular-sized car will be sufficient to pick up the rest of the group and their shopping supplies.
Yacht kitchens, or galleys, have compact refrigerators and storage spaces.
Opt for vacuum-sealed bags and containers to maximise storage efficiency and prevent spoilage. Storing perishables properly helps extend their freshness, allowing you to enjoy various meals throughout your sailing holiday.
Before embarking on your journey, you must be well-prepared with all the necessary items. To ensure a safe and enjoyable trip, we highly recommend acquiring the following items:
- Water supply: Ensure ample water for your trip or at least the initial few days. A good rule of thumb is to calculate approximately 4 litres of water per person per day, including water for cooking. It is essential to stay hydrated throughout your trip to avoid dehydration, especially during hot weather or physical activities.
- Snacks: Bring various snacks that can provide instant energy and nutrition. Some options include crisps, sweets, biscuits, fruits, cakes, nuts, and other non-perishable items. These snacks can keep you fueled and satisfied during long journeys or when you cannot access food easily.
- Drinks: Bring assorted drinks, including alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages. Staying hydrated during your trip is essential, and having various drinks can keep you refreshed and hydrated. Bring water, juice, soda, beer, wine, or other preferred drinks.
- Basic provisions: Bring introductory provisions such as toilet rolls, washing up liquid, anti-bacterial spray, bin bags, shampoo, sunscreen, matches, and other essentials. These items can be helpful in various situations, such as cleaning, hygiene, and emergencies.
- Breakfast and lunch provisions: Focus on breakfast and lunch provisions, considering the possibility of dining out for dinner. You can bring food, cereals, fruits, milk, yoghurt, salads, pasta, cured meats, and more for a satisfying and nutritious meal.
- Fresh produce: Bring fresh produce such as bread and fruits to add a touch of freshness to your meals. Including fresh produce can provide you with essential vitamins and minerals and enhance your meals' taste.
By acquiring these items, you will be well-prepared for your journey and can enjoy a safe and comfortable trip.
While provisioning, take the opportunity to explore local delicacies and traditional Croatian dishes. Incorporate regional products and flavours into your meals to enhance the culinary experience. Local markets are excellent places to discover unique ingredients that can add a touch of authenticity to your onboard meals. While on holiday in Croatia, enjoy traditional Croatian dishes by visiting restaurants that serve them without the need for cooking or meal preparation.
Provisioning your yacht for a sailing holiday in Croatia is an exciting part of the journey. It allows you to explore the local culture through its culinary offerings. By planning, exploring local markets, and accommodating dietary preferences, you can ensure that you have a well-stocked and enjoyable sailing adventure.
Being mindful of waste during your trip is essential, as it's both environmentally responsible and practical. Opt for reusable containers, buy in bulk where possible, and avoid excessive packaging. Plan your meals in a way that utilises ingredients efficiently to minimise leftovers.
Remember to embrace the diversity of Croatian cuisine and savour every moment of your sailing holiday in this picturesque Mediterranean paradise.