Whether you are green crew completely new to yachting or a seasoned yachtie, it’s always useful to refresh your packing list before setting sail on your next charter or boss trip.
Although some travelling essentials will never be far from your mind just like your usual holiday list, there’s always something we forget to take or replenish.
So here is a little reminder…
- Discharge book
- Vaccination certificate
- Foreign currency
- Credit card
- Sack off the suitcase
Remember that a classic hard cabin case is just not suitable for onboard storage. Anything soft, waterproof and collapsible is best. A smaller rucksack and an optional handbag for the ladies – plain and useful for any nights off/out.
- Packing cubes
Eespecially useful in a soft case to keep everything organised and easily transferable to your cabin.
Hanging toiletry/make-up bags, closet organiser and coat hangers (because you can never have enough). If you’re expecting to be away for a while or in colder climates, a vacuum storage bags are also great for minimising the space your big coats and jumpers take up.
- Travel toiletries
Unless you’re particularly attached to a specific cream, oil based shampoo or serum, essential toiletries will likely be provided on the boat, but make sure you check. And pack light on the make-up.
- Hair accessories
No matter how often you feel the wind in your hair, a tidy barnet is needed at the start of any day. Ditch your set of five roller brushes though and three styling irons and take only what you need. Maybe liaise with other crew too so you can share.
Extreme destinations like the arctic exclusive, flip flops and deck shoes are an absolute must; trainers for fitness and one pair of heels/going out shoes for the ladies.
Windproof lightweight rain jacket, light fleece or jumper and casual jacket for off-boat.
At least two pairs, because you will probably lose or break one pair.
- Swim attire
At least two pairs of shorts or bikini and one-piece, a cover up and beach towel.
For those evenings off relaxing in the cabin or the crew mess.
Because only the lucky few will have a cabin to themselves!
- Casual outfits
A couple of pairs of shorts and t-shirts, with one or two trouser options if it’s a bit chilly.
- Smarter outfits
Chinos and a linen shirt or two for the guys and a few lightweight and easily packed dresses for the girls.
The less lacy and colourful the better. Think neutral and comfortable.
not just for bad hair days, but to protect you from the sun of course!
- Travel home clothes
Depending on where ‘home’ is and at what time of year you might be travelling to and from the yacht, make sure you have a suitable outfit that is both comfy for the plane and warm if you’re stepping out of a it into the bitter cold!
- Watch/smart watch
to count down to the end of your shift as well as track your steps.
to capture every amazing memory that you’re going to make.
- iPad or small laptop
to help you stay connected and binge the latest series.
for your favourite page-turners.
to zone out everything around you, accompany you at the gym or get you through a wash down!
for when you want to share it with your crewmembers.
- Global adaptor plug
to charge all these gadgets and gizmos.
- Home comforts
anything that makes you feel more at home like a framed picture, your favourite essential oil and diffuser or go-to snack stash!
And if you get to the point where the zip on that duffle is struggling to close? When in doubt, throw it out!
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