What to Bring on Your Ultimate Yacht Charter Vacation

Counting down the days till your upcoming Charter vacation? Well, to make sure you’re ready, it’s best to start planning now. Don’t go overboard as you don’t need to bring everything; the kitchen sink can be left at home. All that is needed are the essentials.

Here are some tips as to what to bring:

Travel Documents
Don’t laugh but something that seems so trivial is more often than not – forgotten on the bedside table. While you may be worrying about what toiletries to bring, or if there is a hairdryer onboard – don’t! Essentially, the only thing that is needed is your passport! If traveling overseas, double check that you have all the appropriate visas. Plus, remember to bring money and credit cards.

Luggage type

Unless you are on a superyacht, your luggage is an issue. We’re talking about floating vessels where storage is limited so choose your luggage type wisely. It is recommended to use soft-sided bags only. Not the hard case, ‘can’t squeeze into any space’ type of luggage. To make matters worse, they can even damage teak decks and wood trim. Soft duffel bags are ideal as once unpacked they can be stored away neatly.

How much to bring?
Start by packing all the things that you think you’ll need and then; split it in half. Bringing too much is a common mistake many travelers make on a yacht-charter vacation. Again, if you’re on that superyacht, then pack appropriately for all the cocktail parties onboard. If you’re not, then pack ‘casually’ especially if you’re chartering around warmer weather locations.


Beach scene with striped towel, sunglasses, flip flops, seashell and starfish laid on old weathered blue wood decking. Space for copy.

Don’t forget, most yachts don’t allow shoes aboard. It’s mainly barefoot, flip-flops, deck shoes or light soled shoes. That said; bring a nice pair, or possibly two, when on land.

Swimming costumes
Swimming costumes are a necessity. You will eat, breath, live in your swimmers whilst on a charter trip. Think kaftans, pareos, shorts and so forth, that will just complement your swimmers and will come in handy when going ashore.

Sun Cream, Sunglasses & Hats

These items are also a ‘must-have’ since you will be spending quite a bit of time exposed to the sun without even realising it. Try to avoid lotions containing oil as they can stain canvas and teak.

Bring the basic necessities (toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, soap, washcloth) N.B. If you have long hair it’s important to bring conditioner as long days in the sun and sea can really clump up your hair.

Whether it is to help with your seasickness, or panadol/aspirin if you suffer from migraines – be sure to bring along your own medication. Also useful, is a prescription just in case extra supply is needed while in foreign waters. This can be purchased at a local pharmacy when ashore.

Ideally, put these away while out at sea but if you can’t live without your iPod, computer, blue tooth speaker then bring them along. Just don’t forget the charger as well. Now, back to wondering about packing that hairdryer – double check with the crew or charter operator to see whether one is available on board before you try to squeeze it into y

March 6, 2018