When getting ready for your yacht charter vacation, it’s easy to overlook items that are “must-have”… and equally as easy to pack far too much. Here’s a rough idea of the things you should pack, along with some items that are optional.
- If you will be outside of your home country, travel documents are a must. This includes your passports and/or visas, tickets, and cash, credit cards and/or travelers checks.
- Soft sided bag are the preferred type of yacht luggage as they fit neatly in storage spaces and can be folded and tucked away when not in used. Space is at a premium!
- Shoes. You may envision yourself as barefoot and fancy free, but in reality you’ll want 2-3 pairs. On board shoes (flip flops or soft soled shoes), water shoes (if you plan on diving, snorkeling or wading), and street shoes for excursions onshore.
- Bathing suits and cover ups. You will likely want to live in lightweight clothing, so make sure you have spares. Add some shorts or capris in case evenings in the wind get cool.
- Street clothes and club attire, if needed. If you plan to spend time ashore dining, shopping or clubbing, you’ll want appropriate togs. If you plan on visiting a church or monastery, consider taking at least one conservative outfit (covered arms and legs may be required).
- At least one lightweight sweater, fleece or jacket. Some nights can get a little cool depending on the season!
- Protective gear. Sunscreen, hats and sunglasses may not be provided, so ensure that you have protection from the sun – which depending on the destination could shine brightly your entire trip!
- Washcloths. It’s a little known fact that most peoples in Greece and the Mediterranean use sponges that are harvested on the islands and can be difficult to find without exorbitant tourist prices attached. Bring your own washrag and avoid exasperation!
- Earplugs. Some charters can mean sleeping in close quarters, and if a bunkmate snores you’ll be glad you have these!
- Electronics. These are optional – if you absolutely can’t unplug, ask if your yacht charter has a way for you to recharge. Consider bringing an iPod or other music player.
- Medications. Any prescriptions should have full documentation. Bring al that you need as some countries will not allow their pharmacies to honor foreign prescriptions. Also bring seasickness remedies if needed.
One extra tip: Roll clothing instead of folding – it reduces wrinkles and fold lines and allows you to pack more tightly. A good rule of thumb: Lay out everything you want to bring then cut the pile in half. That should be just about right!