Embarking on a yacht charter is an experience like no other, where you can explore the stunning coastline and soak up the Mediterranean sun. However, packing for a yacht charter can be a challenge, especially if you’re not sure what to bring. To make sure you’re prepared, we’ve put together a guide to help you pack for your luxury yacht charter.
When packing for a yacht charter, it’s important to remember that storage space is limited. As a general rule, pack light and take soft carry-on luggaeg or duffel bag which can be stored away easily. This will make it easier to move around on the yacht and ensure that you have everything you need without taking up too much space.
Although it’s important to know how to pack for a yacht charter, make sure you have the basics with you. These include:
- Camera or smartphone to capture your memories
- Sunglasses (almost mandatory) to protect your eyes from the sun’s glare
- Lip balm with high SPF, sunscreen with broad-spectrum protection and a high SPF to protect your skin
- Swimsuit to enjoy the beautiful Mediterranean waters
- Soft shoes (non-marking deck shoes, flip-flops) for comfort on the yacht
- Hat to protect you against the Mediterranean sun
- Extra towels and solar cream (if not provided)
In addition to the basics, don’t forget to bring your passport or personal ID, and make sure they aren’t expired.
- Bring some cash if you’re planning to enjoy a lunch at one of St-Tropez beach clubs or disembark in Cannes or Monaco. Some French Riviera restaurants do not accept AMEX, so it’s important to have cash on hand. Consider packing some light trousers, collared shirts, and summer dresses if you intend to eat ashore, as most restaurants (Cannes and Monaco, not St-Tropez beach clubs) will expect customers to comply with a “smart casual” dress code.
- Leave your valuables at home, particularly such things that are not waterproof. Most yachts come with a safe, but it’s best not to take any chances.
- Lastly, make sure to bring any necessary prescriptions or seasickness medication if applicable. Weapons, illegal drugs, and other items that could interfere with the safe operation of the boat or the safe and secure environment of the guests and crew are strictly prohibited.
- For longer charters, you may also want to email yourself a copy of your passport, driver’s license, medical cards, and ID, so if anything happens to them, you’ll be able to access them online.
- Use soft-sided bags only; never hard-sided: luggage space is limited on almost all boats, and hard-sided bags can damage teak decks and other woodwork. Soft bags can be folded up and stowed away after you’ve unpacked. Soft bags with wheels are acceptable but should be handled with care on board to avoid damage to the yacht.
Photo: Ebby Rane