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How to pack for your luxury yacht charter ?
How to pack for your luxury yacht charter ?

How to pack for your luxury yacht charter ?

18 May 2023

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.

Pack light

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 luggage 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.

Must-Haves for your yacht charter

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

Updated on April 27, 2024
About the author:
Remi van der Deure – French Riviera Charter broker.


I am the senior Yacht Charter Broker at Charterminute, a well-known yacht charter boutique in Antibes.

I have served in the yacht charter industry for over 15 years and have gained a strong reputation among my clients, as evidenced by consistent 5-star ratings on Google Reviews and TripAdvisor.

My specialty is organizing corporate yacht charters for startups and large companies during popular events like the Cannes Lions Festival, MIPIM, TFWA, and MIPCOM.

I am also proud to be a member of esteemed yacht broker associations, e-MYBA and ECPY, demonstrating my unwavering commitment to providing exceptional yacht charter services and memorable experiences in the French Riviera.

You can contact me directly at +33 (0)662.465.991 or

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