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Packing Essentials for your first Yacht Job

Packing your suitcase for a job on a luxury yacht is nothing like packing as a guest. You’ll need to pack light due to limited space, which may seem like a near impossible task if you are a first-timer! We have tips to help you to pack only the essentials.

Choosing a good suitcase, bag or travel backpack

Before you even start deciding what to pack, you’ll need to know what you’re going to be packing your belongings in. Stay clear of hard, square-shape suitcases, which are challenging to store on board. Instead, look for a collapsible bag like a backpack, sports bag, or duffel bag that has wheels at one end for ease of transportation from one point to another.

No yachtie could live without flip-flops. You may wear deck shoes while dockwalking, but as soon as you get that job you will live most of your yachting life in flip-flops, or even barefoot. 

In addition to your flops, pack a pair of shoes that can be used purely indoors on the boat, like sneakers. 

Pack only what you need. Storage space in crew cabins is extremely limited – you risk getting off on the wrong foot with your cabin-mate if you try to force masses of clothes into your tiny, shared hanging space. Once the season starts you’ll be wearing your uniform or PJs most of the time anyway. Weather and season play a big role in what you pack. Make sure that what you have is interchangeable and can be layered: a couple of sets of warm clothes and a jacket such as a puffer that can easily be compacted. Bring along some casual summer clothes – opt for a few tops and bottoms in basic colours that you can easily mix and match. A pair of old shorts and t-shirts is always a good idea in case you are asked to do some grubby work during the day.

Swimwear, a beach towel or sarong, and sunglasses are staples. Get sunglasses with polarised lenses if possible, especially if going for a job on deck. Wear a watch at all times to help you stay punctual, as this is a vital aspect of working on a yacht. Pack a comfy pair of track pants and a hoodie for relaxing and watching movies in the crew house. For female crew, a skin-tone tank top or nude undergarments are a good investment as white uniforms may be a bit transparent. Try to pack your clothes as efficiently as possible by rolling each item rather than folding. This not only prevents wrinkles, but creates more space for bulkier items like toiletries and gadgets.

When you get a job on a yacht, you likely won’t have to worry about buying standard toiletries. Many yachts provide the basics like shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, razors and blades (some yachts), sunscreen, and moisturiser. Small travel-size versions of specific brands that you like are useful to make up for the products your vessel doesn’t provide and will tide you over whilst on land. Avoid bringing a truckload of cosmetics and other products to clutter up your cabin bathroom. If you are wearing make-up, consider onlpacking those that don’t take up a lot of space, like a multi-purpose base/BB Cream or moisturiser and mascara.

Supplements

You will be working long hours and it’s important to stay on top of your health. Energy drinks and coffee may work for a little while, but are not a long-term solution. Bring vitamins and other necessary supplements to help you stay in top shape! Of course, if you require any special medication, be sure to check that you have packed those too.

Tech, Gadgets & Books

There are a few tech essentials you may want to pack, as well as things to keep you busy in your off time:

  • A USB stick (and a spare) for your CV and other documents. Laminate original documents such as certificates and email yourself scanned copies of these, your passport, driving licence, and credit cards. Get an international driving licence if possible, but this is not critical as you’ll be spending most of your time on the boat.
  • A global adaptor plug and an unlocked smartphone you can put a local sim card into. 
  • A Kindle or other device for reading when you want to hide out in your cabin and get some ‘me’ time.
  • If you have a light, small laptop or iPad, feel free to bring it, but make sure that you have travel insurance (health and theft). 
  • If you enjoy taking photos, a smartphone will have to do. It takes up much less space than a big camera!
  • Noise cancelling headphones for watching movies, and/or ear plugs to help you sleep (close quarters) are a good investment.

Tip: Download books or movies before you leave land – you’ll be unpleasantly surprised at how slow the internet on many superyachts is and captains will often restrict your wifi access to preserve bandwidth for the guests.

Personal Items – Sentimental Stuff

Think about small items that will help you relax, feel at home and less homesick when stress runs high. Some ideas include photos of family or friends (remember that the internet might be really slow, or sometimes restricted for crew to use – so you likely won’t have access to Facebook or Instagram), a journal, essential oils, and a sleeping mask. 

Nice to Have Items Where Space Allows

For the days where you do get a break, it’s really nice to have your own set of beach basics and equipment such as a snorkel, mask, fins and possibly a wetsuit. Only pack these if you really have the space. You may be able to borrow from another crew member or from the yacht.

A good mantra to help you decide if you should pack something or not, is “when in doubt, leave it out”. We hope that you have fun gearing up for your journey. If you have any questions or queries, or would like suggestions regarding travel bags, get in touch with us , or download our ultimate guide to working on a yacht (which includes all of our personal tips!).

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The Crew Coach: Packing Essentials for New Yacht Crew

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Knowing what to pack for when you first step onto a yacht can seem like a daunting task and is one of the most frequently asked questions by green yacht crew.

So many people have been asking me this question lately I thought I’d resend this article about what to pack when you’re coming to the South of France to look for work on yachts.

Q: T, England:

“I’m coming to look for a job on a superyacht this summer, and I was wondering if you have any advice on what I should pack, and what to wear when dockwalking. I know packing light is essential, but are there any other things you think I should bring?”

What a thoughtful, useful question! There’s actually a fair bit to know about what to pack for a yachting career, things that you couldn’t possibly know without experience.

Before you even start deciding what to pack, it is crucial to know what to pack your stuff in. A hard, square-type suitcase is not going to win you any immediate friends when you do get a job as hard suitcases are really problematic for onboard storage. Use a collapsible bag instead – either a MacPac type backpack or a sports bag that has wheels at one end for ease of lugging from the station to your accommodation.

Flip Flops :

No yachtie could live without flip-flops. You may wear deck shoes while dockwalking, but as soon as you get that job you will live most of your yachting life in flip-flops.

Pack Light :

Storage space in crew cabins is extremely limited- you risk getting off on the wrong foot with your cabin-mate if you try to force masses of clothes into the tiny shared hanging space. Once the season starts you’ll be wearing your uniform or PJs most of the time, and you’ll soon be shopping for nice new clothes with those lovely yachting dollars!

Toiletries :

When you get a job on a yacht you won’t have to buy the following: shower gel, toothpaste, toothbrushes, deodorant, shampoo and conditioner, shaving cream, razors and blades (some yachts), suncream and moisturizer. Therefore bring small travel size versions of these to tide you over and don’t bring a truckload of cosmetics and other products to clutter up your cabin bathroom with. Keep thinking bare minimum, you will have plenty of chances to buy new fancy products once you get a job.

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Everyday Essentials :

If you’re arriving in March/April the weather can be quite changeable: glorious sunshine one day, raining or even hailing the next. In fairness it’s mostly sunny but it can be quite chilly so bring a couple of sets of warm clothes and a warm jacket – preferably not a bulky one: a puffer that squishes up small for packing is perfect. If you're arriving from May to August you can safely leave the winter coats, scarves, gloves and boots at home - you can always get them sent over later if you’re going to be somewhere cold (or buy new ones!). A light jacket or jumper is all you need. On that one day it rains, buy a small foldable umbrella.

Other than that, casual summer clothes like dresses, skirts, t-shirts, shorts, swimwear, a beach towel or sarong and sunglasses really are the staples of a yachting wardrobe. On that note, good sunglasses are really important: get polarised lenses if possible, especially if going for a job on deck. I think it’s a good idea to pack a good pair of sneakers too: keeping fit is a great way to stay in shape and keep your motivation up. I’d also throw in a comfy pair of tracky pants and sweater top or hoodie for chilling out watching movies on watch or in the crew house.

Dressing Down :

Most yachting ports are quite casual places. High heels and lots of makeup at a yachting bar (such as the Blue Lady in Antibes or the Corner Bar in Palma), are going to make you look a bit out of place (especially if you’re a guy!). Pack mostly casual clothes.

Dressing Up :

Your interview clothes should be able to double up as a ‘going out’ clothes if necessary for a smart dinner – pack one pair of good shoes for this purpose as they will be the most expensive thing to buy if you forget them.

Job-hunting wear:

You’ll need dockwalking clothes and a smart interview outfit for registering with crew agencies and job interviews. See my Pinterest page HERE for ideas of what to wear depending on the type of work you are looking for.

Day Work Clothes :

If you have a pair of old shorts and an old Tshirt, pack them too – you may be asked to do some grubby work while dayworking, and while most boats will provide uniform for you to daywork in, others won’t. You don’t want to be paid 100 euro for a day’s work, only to have to spend a chunk of it on a new pair of shorts because you ruined your good ones.

The Right Technology:

A USB stick (and a spare) for your CV and other documents. Laminate original documents such as certificates and email yourself scanned copies of these, your passport, driving license and credit cards. Get an international driving license if possible. Don’t forget your global adaptor plug and an unlocked smartphone you can put a local sim card in. Some movies on your hard drive and books on your Kindle for those occasions you want to hide out in your cabin and get some ‘me’ time.

If you have a light, small laptop or iPad do bring it but make sure you have travel insurance (health and theft). Forget your massive camera with all the fancy lenses and stick with your smartphone camera. Less is more, believe me. Tip: download books or movies before you leave your strong land internet connection-you’ll be unpleasantly surprised at how slow the internet is on many superyachts, and captains often will restrict your access to preserve bandwidth for the guests.

Pack to look the part and get your yachting career off to a good start. Don’t try and stand out with what you wear – let your personality do the talking. Yes, you will look like everyone else in white and beige, and that is perfect: you will look exactly like yacht crew.

Do you have any other things to add to the essential packing list for prospective yacht crew? If so please share them with us in the comments below!

First published by OnboardOnline on 9th March 2016. Last updated on 15th December 2020.

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The complete sailing trip packing list- Here’s What to Pack

Clothing & personal sailing packing list items.

  • Swimwear / swimsuits - you don't need one for every day, but they don't take up much space!
  • Long-sleeved cover ups - there will be a point each day where it may be difficult to re-apply sunscreen. It's usually because you are wet - rain, sweat, dripping from a recent dip, etc. Having a couple of these sun shirts is a great idea to keep you protected from sunburn. For the guys, Florence Marine X - John John Florence's  brand - puts out a great SPF hooded shirt
  • T-shirts/tank tops
  • Sarongs for the ladies
  • Dad hats for the guys. I also like this style hat from Florence Marine since they pack down easily and do great in the water.

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  •   Lightweight rain coat or windbreaker - we usually encounter a squall or two and someone still has to drive the boat! These aren't bad either for a nighttime dinghy ride into the wind.
  • Sweater - it can feel chilly at night at times
  • Theme night - we usually pick one night to dress up and have some fun: Luau Night, Dinner with the Captain (think Master and Commander), and 80s night are good ones.
  • Polarized sunglasses - all the crew should bring polarized shares. They are helpful to read the water and see potential obstructions. My favorite brand recently is Electric - the Knoxville Sport model is a perfect everyday pair. Get them in Blue Polarized Pro for your boat trip.
  • Snorkel & mask - I highly recommend bringing your own. Snorkeling gear is usually available from the charter company, but it gets a lot of use. The quality is not usually great either. Spend the money and invest in your own. I learned to scuba dive in 2008, and I am still using the same snorkel/mask. They will last you for years if taken care of.
  • Fins - if you have them and have space, bring them. Otherwise, the fins from the charter company will usually be just fine.
  • Walking/hiking shoes - these are usually the pair I wear on the airplane.
  • Water shoes - optional, but they can be helpful. For example, jumping in the water to beach your dinghy or hiking the Baths Caves Trail
  • Boat shoes - you definitely do not need these. I think most people that wear boat shoes have never been on a boat. I'm always barefoot when we are aboard.
  • Quick dry towels - most charter companies don't provide beach towels, so plan to bring your own. Since they might get multiple uses every day, we like quick dry options. This type of towel also won't take up as much space in your bag.
  • Sunscreen lotion - if you can find it, bring a reef friendly option. Reef Safe Sunscreen is a bit more expensive, but it's worth it to help protect the reefs.
  • Personal toiletries - toothbrush, toothpaste, lip balm, deodorant, shampoo/conditioner (the boat will not come stocked with this), etc.
  • Electronic chargers

 Things to bring for the crew

  • Fishing gear and tackle - check out our sailboat fishing guide for all the details.
  • Group flag - such as our Yacht Warriors flag! I ordered a custom burgee from bestflag .

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  • Dramamine for seasickness, extra band aids, neosporin, aloe, etc.
  • Cash - it's a great idea to have a couple hundred bucks for each person. You'll need it for purchases such as mooring ball fees, trash pickup fees, and some restaurants might be cash only.
  • Extra zip lock bags of various sizes
  • Board game, playing cards, or dominoes - whatever the crew likes if games are your thing
  • Floats - if you can rent them, we'd recommend just going that route. You can pack your own, but they take up space and are likely going to be thrown out at the end of the trip. I've taken a MONSTER float on a couple trips, but it always becomes way more work than it's worth.
  • Flashlight or headlamp - bring a headlamp if you have one, but if you need one, your smartphone flashlight will probably be fine for the boat. You might want a real flashlight if you plan to take the dinghy ashore for dinner and return after dark.
  • Collapsible cooler - for those shore excursions or storing extra ice on the boat. For some destinations, you could also pack meat in dry ice to bring with you. I like the TOURIT coolers. It's soft, so it can be packed or used as a carry on. They are also much more affordable than higher end coolers like Yeti or RTIC.  
  • Waterproof speaker - believe it or not, some sailboats don't have external speakers that you can hear well while underway. You'll want a waterproof, portable speaker so that you can also take your sailing tunes ashore .
  • Reusable drink cups , such as Yetis (get them personalized for a great trip souvenir)
  • Dry bag - you don't need anything big, just something to fit phones in for a dinghy trip ashore. I've had a Sea to Summit dry bag for years - a 4L version should be perfect.  
  • Paracord (550 cord) - you will find some many uses for this: securing fishing poles, tying on flags, making croakies for your sunglasses. Lots of color options are available online.  
  • Spices - we always bring a basic assortment, salt and pepper at a minimum
  • Hot sauce - I always pack some of my favorite all around hot sauce - Marie Sharp's. In Texas, I can get it at the local supermarkets, but you can also pick it up online. 

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  • Charts and cruising guides
  • Fishing licenses (check local regulations)
  • Drone (optional) - you won't regret it. Check out our trips to the Exumas, Bahamas or British Virgin Islands for some examples. I also post these pictures on our instagram profile.  
  • Chefs knife or knife sharpener (optional) - this might sound silly, but I usually pack a well-sharpened kitchen knife since we are usually checking luggage for our fishing gear. We do a lot of cooking and working with a dull knife is the worst (and also dangerous)!
  • Projector (optional) - OK hear me out. Yes I know we are going on a boat trip to cut the cords and enjoy the islands. It is sooo much fun, however, to watch Master and Commander or another favorite sailing movie (Captain Ron perhaps?) on the boat. We don't do it every night, but once or twice is fun! We hang up a sheet with duck tape and connect the projector via bluetooth to the boat's sound system. Check out our projector setup on our  Exumas trip.

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What Green Yacht Crew Should Include on Their Packing List

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Are you yacht crew wondering what to include on your packing list for your first job?

There are few jobs quite like working on a yacht. When your job is your lifestyle, your colleagues are sleeping in a bunk next to you and you’re working for some of the wealthiest people in the world it makes for a unique experience. When preparing for your first yacht crew job, it might be tempting to bring everything you own with you, however, this is a guaranteed way to get on the wrong side of your crew-mates. Personal space on yachts is limited so you don’t want to be cluttering up the already-tight crew areas.

The team from Wilson Halligan are sharing with us their handy guide on what to pack for your first yacht job. From the essentials to personal extras, this guide will help you cut the clutter and focus on what you really need.

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So, what should I pack for my first yacht job?    

This is a question we get asked all the time by green crew so we thought we would make life easy for you with our go-to list!   

Start by choosing the lightest  suitcase you can find. A hard, square-type suitcase is not going to win you any immediate friends as they are a mission for onboard storage. A collapsible bag with wheels is the way forward, so it can be easily stored onboard.    

The Essentials:   

  • ALL yachting certificates (originals)
  • Drivers License/ID

The Basics :

  • Flip flops because no yachtie could ever live without a pair!    
  • Smart shoes for going out.   
  • Trainers if you fancy hitting the gym or going for a run.   

Clothes    

  • Casual Clothes: Shorts , Jeans, T-shirts.   
  • Going out outfits – Dress / Nice tops / Shirts / Formal Trousers   
  • Workout clothes   
  • Comfies – PJ’s/ trackies   
  • Underwear   
  • Swimwear   

Tip:  Only pack a couple of each. You will have you will have plenty of chance to buy new clothes once you get that first pay check (and also depending on the yacht will be spending a LOT of time in uniform!)   

Grooming    

  • Toiletries (travel size)*   
  • Hair products (brush/elastics /bobby pins)    

* Once you are onboard, many of your day-to-day toiletries will be supplied. Therefore, bring small travel-size versions of these to tide you over.      

Technology     

  • World Travel Adaptor   
  • Mobile phone (be sure to do your research on the best provider for international roaming)   
  • Kindle/eBook   
  • Laptop/iPad   
  • Headphones   

Tip:  download books or movies before you leave your strong land internet connection-you’ll be surprised at how slow the internet can be on some superyachts, and captains may also restrict your access to preserve bandwidth for the guests. 

Personal Extras    

  • Sentimental photos for cabin   Laptop/iPad   
  • Favourite tea bags from home   
  • Small portable speaker   
  • Yoga mat for all those yogis out there!   

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Hi, my name is Gemma and I am a chronic over packer.

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So in an effort to not only help myself get organized for when we next join a yacht, I also wanted to help YOU! I’ve created an easy peasy to follow Packing List for when you are joining a new yacht! And you better believe that I am going to following this list myself because goodness knows Ben isn’t going to give me the entire closet yet again.  

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After 8 adventurous years of working on yachts, Taryn decided to return to life on land. She currently lives on the coast of sunny South Africa. Fresh off the yachts and having worked in high-end resorts and hotels, Taryn has a broad knowledge of what the industry needs and is well-qualified to find the perfect match for both crew and the yacht. Taryn’s friendly, kind demeanour and passion for the industry ensure to provide excellent and professional communication with clients and crew at all times. When Taryn is not working you can find her on the beach, participating in any form of outdoor activity or sharing a bottle of wine with family and friends.

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Ciara joins our team with 5 years of experience in the industry and is based in Bristol, UK. She brings her people skills and passion for luxury customer service into recruitment whilst maintaining a calm and kind nature for both crew and clients. When not working, Ciara continues studying music history and classical music performance and enjoys walks in the countryside with her husband and sausage dog.

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Mandy has 8 years of experience in the industry and brings her A-game from the South of France. She brings a unique and energizing perspective with 5 years of land-based recruitment experience in London and is sure to make anyone feel welcome with her kind-hearted nature. When she’s not working, she can be found spending time with her husband and daughter, enjoying the beauty of France.

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Eloise brings 3 years of experience in the industry to our team. Currently living in South Africa, Eloise was the first member of the TYSR team and has since built lasting relationships with clients and crew. Eloise splits her time between South Africa and TYS HQ in the UK. She is incredibly caring and ensures all crew and clients get the best possible support, with high standard of customer service. When not working, Eloise spends time with friends and family enjoying wine farms and safaris in sunny South Africa.

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Wondering what to pack in your suitcase when embarking on your yachting adventure to find a job?! ⁣ When I first left Australia in search of a job on yachts, I had zero winter clothes 🤦🏻‍♀️ thinking I would get a job on a boat and be chasing summers around the world.

…What I didn’t realise is yachts can be doing shipyards in the European winters, your “off” time will most likely not be in the summer and you pretty much live in air conditioning onboard. *Brrrrr

To help make it easier for you, I’ve made a GO-TO Yacht Crew Travel Packing list which you can download below. From the staples to the extras you may want to consider. From how many bikinis you actually wear, to seamless underwear (girls) and how to half your toiletries.

Other items to consider: • Do not pack a hard suitcase, space is SO limited onboard. You must buy a soft top suitcase. My go-to is from Eastpak and has lasted so many years through so many boats and travel adventures, it folds flat and is easily stored away • Noise cancelling headphones (In my eyes very necessary onboard… from drowning out anchor noises to noisy roommates) I have a pair of Bose Noise cancelling headphones which have lasted for nearly 6 years • ⁣Photos from home 🤍 • Hard copies of all your yachting certificates (must not forget these… also save a scanned version to a USB or send it to your email so can email them quickly to recruit agencies and captains)

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Yachtie Packing List

One of the requests we had recently was to provide a "packing list" for your break into the superyacht industry - a great idea! If you read your guides, you know the exact steps you have to take to get your first job - starting with your move to crew housing in Florida and earning your certification! Standard routine is for greenies to stay in their crew house the weeks following their STCW and embark on their job hunt. If you read your guides, you ALSO know you'll have to pack your entire life into ONE suitcase and perhaps a duffel/carry on. Boat storage space is limited so you can't show up with a lot of belongings. I know this seems daunting, but don't worry, we're here to help :) .

A few things to remember:

When you get crewed on a yacht, you move on board and the boat nearly always provides your work uniform, towels/bed linens, and basic toiletries.

Most yachting itineraries follow summer weather, so plan for that when you’re prioritizing what to pack.

Laundry is completed daily or almost daily on superyachts, so you don’t need to bring a huge amount of clothing with you.

Most yacht crew are outgoing and enjoy a variety of activities in their downtime, so cater the below lists to your own personal lifestyle and interests.

Limit Luggage To:

1x Large Luggage Piece – Preferably Soft Case/Bag to take up less boat storage

1x Carry On/Duffel

1x Personal Item - Purse, tote, backpack, etc

Quality Flip Flops or Sperry Boat Shoes (flip flops are more common amongst crew)

Sneakers/Trainers

Shoes to go out in – wedges, heels, nice sandals etc

For Interviews/Daywork - (see your Interview Prep Guide for more specifics)

1-2 White Polos/Button Ups for Interviews & Daywork

1-2 Khaki Bottoms (Skort/Shorts) for Interviews & Daywork (can purchase at yacht outfitters in Fort Lauderdale, but they’re quite pricey) Ladies - not too short!

Every Day Personal Clothing Preferences - (again, plan for warm weather)

**Remember your every day uniform will be provided by the boat, so pack whatever you'd normally wear in the summer months. Also consider some nicer outfit options for dinners and evenings out with your crew**

Swim Suit(s) & coverups/beachwear

Light Rain Jacket/Windbreaker

Skirts (if applicable)

Dresses (if applicable)

1-2 Pairs of Jeans/Pants for chillier weather

1-2 Sweaters/Jackets for chillier weather

Loungewear/PJs

Underwear/Bras - (Ladies - be sure to have a few nude-colored options - lots of yacht uniform tops are thin white fabric)

Work Out Gear if applicable :

Athletic bottoms & tops

Travel Yoga Mat

Exercise Bands/Straps

Misc/Accessories:

Sunglasses - we recommend a polarized pair to protect from the ocean sun glare

Compact Umbrella - lots of afternoon rain showers in FL

Jewelry (if applicable - look for nice compact jewelry wallet case for easy storage)

Make Up (if applicable)

Prescriptions if applicable (collect in bulk – ask your doctor to prescribe 3-6 months upfront so you don’t have to worry about refills once you get work)

Hair Ties/Pins/Accessories (if applicable)

Cell Phone – be sure to know your provider’s international plans and be ready to commit if you get hired onto a boat leaving the country

Laptop/Tablet

Additional Suggestions:

Jambox or other portable speaker

Hat/Cap for sunny days

Compact Umbrella

Kindle/Tablet to store books/reading material - Kindle paperwhite is great for beach days :)

Beach Towel

Pre-Print CVs & Business Cards and bring in folder (can do in FTL as well)

Ladies - Light Bath Robe/Dressing Gown

Go-pro or similar

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If you're flying, here are some bulky items you may want to wait to buy in FL:

Toiletries for Crew House - Shampoo, Conditioner, Wash, Razors, Etc

Sunscreen & bug spray

Bulky skin care products

Over the counter vitamin/supplement preferences

Hair Styling Products (Ladies - Dry Shampoo will be your best friend!)

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Crew Packing List

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.
  • Storage 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. When it comes to make-up and skincare, double up on your favourites as you might not get the opportunity to replenish your stock for months!
  • 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.

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  • Footwear 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.
  • Outerwear Windproof lightweight rain jacket, light fleece or jumper and casual jacket for off-boat.
  • Sunglasses 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.
  • Loungewear For those evenings off relaxing in the cabin or the crew mess.
  • Pyjamas 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.
  • Underwear The less lacy and colourful the better. Think neutral and comfortable.
  • Hat/cap 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!

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  • Watch/smart watch to count down to the end of your shift as well as track your steps.
  • Camera 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.
  • Kindle for your favourite page-turners.
  • Earphones to zone out everything around you, accompany you at the gym or get you through a wash down!
  • Speaker 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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What To Pack For Your First Yacht Job 

In an industry where your job is your lifestyle, your colleagues are sleeping next to you in a bunk bed and you’re dealing with some of the wealthiest VIPs in the world, there’s hardly any other career quite like this one. Your first instinct when getting ready for your first yacht crew job is probably to take EVERYTHING with you but trust us when we say that there is no quicker way to become “that person” amongst your crew mates than by clogging up the cabins with unnecessary clutter.

Every job and superyacht is different, but you’ll likely get some time to yourself when berthed in marinas and so forth, so having a choice of outfits whether it be for a casual day look to a night out is a good idea. Dress for the season and the occasion.

So, what should I pack for my first yacht job?

This is a question we get asked all the time by green crew so we thought we would make life easy for you with our go to list!

Start by choosing the lightest suitcase you can find. A hard, square-type suitcase is not going to win you any immediate friends as they are a mission for onboard storage. A collapsible bag with wheels is the way forward, so it can be easily stored on board.

The Essentials:

  • ALL yachting certificates (originals)
  • Drivers License/ID

The Basics :

  • Flip flops because no yachtie could ever live without a pair!
  • Smart shoes for going out.
  • Trainers if you fancy hitting the gym or going for a run.
  • Casual Clothes: Shorts , Jeans, T-shirts.
  • Going out outfits – Dress / Nice tops / Shirts / Formal Trousers
  • Workout clothes
  • Comfies – PJ’s/ trackies

Tip : Only pack a couple of each. You will have you will have plenty of chance to buy new clothes once you get that first pay check (and also depending on the yacht will be spending a LOT of time in uniform!)

  • Toiletries (travel size) *
  • Hair products / brush / elastics / bobby pins

*Once you are onboard, many of your day-to-day toiletries will be supplied. Therefore, bring small travel size versions of these to tide you over.

Technology  

  • World Travel Adaptor
  • Mobile phone (be sure to do your research on the best provider for international roaming)
  • Kindle/eBook
  • Laptop/iPad

Tip: download books or movies before you leave your strong land internet connection-you’ll be surprised at how slow the internet can be on some superyachts, and captains may also restrict your access to preserve bandwidth for the guests.

Personal Extras 

  • Sentimental photos for cabin Laptop/iPad
  • Favourite tea bags from home
  • Small portable speaker
  • Yoga mat for all those yogis out there!

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What to Pack for a Yacht Trip: 7 Essential Tips for an Unforgettable Voyage

  • November 9, 2023

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Embarking on a yacht trip epitomizes luxury travel. The freedom to sail across crystal-clear waters, the exhilarating sea breezes, and the exclusive comfort of your own floating sanctuary are experiences beyond compare. As serene and opulent as these voyages are, they come with their own unique set of challenges when it comes to packing. At Odyssea Yachting , we are dedicated to ensuring that your preparations are as seamless as the service you’ll receive aboard our vessels. This comprehensive guide will help you navigate your sailing packing list, ensuring you know what to pack for a yacht trip efficiently for your next sea odyssey.

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The Sailing Holiday Packing List

Packing for a yacht trip is about finding the balance between necessity and practicality. Unlike packing for a stay on land, where you might be tempted to include just-in-case items, space on a yacht is much more limited. Your wardrobe should be versatile, your gadgets minimal, and your luggage compact.

Opt for light, airy fabrics that can dry quickly. Swimwear is a must, along with a mix of casual and smart-casual attire for dining under the stars. Include a variety of outfits suitable for different occasions, from exploring charming coastal towns to enjoying a sophisticated dinner on deck.

Pack rubber-soled shoes to keep you steady on deck, while sandals and a pair of dress shoes should cover your onshore needs. Consider the activities you’ll be engaging in and pack accordingly, ensuring comfort and style.

Protection:

High-SPF sunscreen , UV-blocking sunglasses, and a wide-brimmed hat are crucial to protect yourself from the intense sun. Additionally, consider bringing a lightweight, long-sleeved cover-up for sun protection during extended outdoor periods.

Safety Items:

A small, waterproof bag for your documents, cards, and cash is a must. Include a basic first-aid kit with essentials like bandages, pain relievers, and seasickness medication. Ensure you have any necessary prescriptions and a list of emergency contacts.

Toiletries:

Keep toiletries travel-sized and minimal. Your luxury Odyssea yacht will provide essentials, but having your preferred items can add a personal touch to your journey. Consider items like toothpaste, a toothbrush, and basic skincare products.

Entertainment:

Enhance your downtime with entertainment options. Bring a good book or an e-reader for leisurely moments, playing cards for friendly games on deck, and a compact camera to capture the stunning vistas along your journey.

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What Not to Pack

Knowing what not to include is as crucial as knowing what to pack for a yacht trip. Overpacking can lead to cluttered spaces and a less enjoyable experience on board.

Towels and Linens:

These are typically provided on the yacht, so there’s no need to bring your own. Utilize the yacht’s amenities to ensure a lighter load and more available space in your luggage.

Heavy Luggage:

Opt for a soft duffel bag or backpack instead of hard suitcases, which are difficult to store on a yacht. Soft bags can be easily stowed away, maximizing available space and ensuring a smoother sailing experience.

Excessive Gadgets:

Part of the yachting allure is disconnecting from the outside world. Leave behind any non-essential electronics and embrace the opportunity to immerse yourself in the natural beauty surrounding you.

Too Many Shoes:

Limit yourself to three pairs—deck shoes for stability on board, sandals for casual onshore activities, and one pair for evening wear for more formal occasions.

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Yacht Week in a Carryon

The challenge of packing for a week on a yacht with a carryon can be a fun exercise in strategic planning. When thinking about what to pack for a yacht trip, the key is to select items that serve multiple purposes.

Wear Layers:

Pack versatile clothing items that can be layered for different weather conditions. Lightweight layers are essential for adjusting to varying temperatures throughout your journey.

Roll, Don’t Fold:

Rolling clothes saves space and reduces wrinkles. Optimize your packing by rolling garments instead of folding them, allowing for more efficient use of available space in your carryon.

Maximize Shoe Space:

Fill shoes with socks or other small items to utilize every inch of space within your carryon. Consider bringing socks or accessories that can fit inside your shoes to make the most of this storage space.

Packing Cubes:

Invest in packing cubes to organize and compress your clothes. These nifty organizers can help maximize space, keep your items neat, and make everything easily accessible during your yacht trip.

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What to Wear on a Yacht Vacation

When deciding what to pack for a yacht trip, remember that your yacht attire should be comfortable yet suitable for the elegant atmosphere of a luxury yacht .

As you consider what to pack for a yacht trip, think about daytime activities; pack swimwear, shorts, T-shirts, and light dresses. Choose breathable and quick-drying fabrics for maximum comfort while enjoying the sea breeze.

Evening Attire:

Men can opt for chinos and a polo or button-down shirt for evening events or dinners, while women can go for a breezy dress or elegant separates. Consider bringing a versatile outfit suitable for slightly more formal occasions on board.

Accessories:

Elevate your yacht attire with carefully chosen accessories when you are deciding what you need to pack for the yacht week. A statement piece like a watch or a simple necklace can add a touch of sophistication without occupying too much space in your luggage.

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What to Pack for a Yacht Trip: Tips and Tricks

Weather Check:

Before you start packing, check the forecast for your yacht charter destination . Considering the weather will aid you in knowing what to pack for a yacht trip, as it allows you to pack accordingly, ensuring you have the appropriate clothing for different weather conditions.

Plan Outfits:

Consider the activities you’ll be engaging in and plan your outfits accordingly. Select versatile pieces that can be mixed and matched, allowing you to create different looks with fewer items.

Embrace Laundry:

Take advantage of the yacht’s laundry services to wash and wear items again. This can significantly reduce the number of clothing items you need to pack, leaving more space for essentials.

Essentials First:

Prioritize space for essential items over ‘just in case’ pieces. Focus on the key items you’ll need for a comfortable and enjoyable adventure and you are on your way to knowing what to pack for a yacht trip.

The Non-Negotiables for a Sailing Holiday

As you decide what to pack for a yacht trip, remember that there are some items that can’t be left behind when you set sail:

Travel Documents:

Ensure you have your identification and any necessary visas or licenses. There are many specialist designs that will store your holiday documents. Think about keeping these in a waterproof pouch for added protection against the elements.

Medications:

Pack a sufficient supply of any medications you may need during your journey. Include seasickness remedies and basic first-aid items.

Sun Protection:

The sun’s reflection on the water intensifies exposure. Pack high-SPF sunscreen, UV-blocking sunglasses, and consider bringing a lightweight, long-sleeved cover-up for added sun protection.

Essential Electronics:

Your phone, camera, chargers, and adapters are vital for capturing memories and staying connected. However, keep these to a minimum to avoid unnecessary clutter.

Pre-Departure Checklist

Before you set sail with Odyssea Yachting, here are a few pre-departure tasks that must be considered as well as deciding what to pack for a yacht trip:

Final Weather Check:

Verify the weather forecast for your sailing dates and make any last-minute adjustments to your packing. Consider adding or removing items based on the expected weather conditions.

Document Check:

Ensure all your travel documents are current and in order. This includes your passport, identification, visas, and any necessary licenses. Double-check the expiration dates to avoid any last-minute complications.

Odyssea Yachting Confirmation:

Confirm all details with our Vacation Consultant at Odyssea Yachting, including any amenities provided that can help you pack lighter. We are here to help you and can advise whether the yacht offers certain items or services you can skip packing, such as towels or certain toiletries.

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Setting Sail with Odyssea Yachting

At Odyssea Yachting , we aim to make your sailing experience as luxurious and hassle-free as possible, which starts with your packing process. Following this extensive guide on what to pack for a yacht trip, you’ll be well-equipped for a thrilling and serene voyage. Remember, packing for a yacht trip is about being practical without forsaking the essentials. With the proper preparation, you’ll be ready to immerse yourself in the unparalleled elegance and adventure of a yachting holiday. Bon voyage!

Sailing Gear Essentials: the Ultimate Packing List (and PDF)

When I first started, I wish I had an overview of what I need right now, and might possibly want in the future. So here's the list with all sailing essentials.

What gear do I need for sailing? You need clothes that dry quickly, deck shoes with good grip that don't leave marks, and multiple layers of clothing. You also want to bring water and sunscreen. Depending on your type of sailing and your role onboard, you need different kinds of specialty gear.

It really matters what sort of trip you're planning. Also, if you're the skipper, you're responsible for bringing a lot of additional skipper & boat gear. I've specified the complete list below for all different conditions and roles.

I've also made a printable checklist that you can download for free.

Download free sailing gear packing list

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Interactive Sailing Packing List

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Gear essentials: quick summary, essential sailing clothes, skipper gear, gear you need if you own a boat, related questions.

What you need to bring depends on the sort of trip, the trip length, and your role.

I categorize gear into four types of gear:

Clothing - There are some basic rules for clothing, which I'll explain below. But the best way to know what kind of clothes to wear is asking the skipper or sailors that are regulars in the area. Weather conditions on the water are very different from land.

Crew gear - All other personal things like paperwork and toiletries. Only applies for trips of multiple days or international journeys.

Boat gear - Navigation equipment, electronics, and safety gear. Boat gear is always the responsibility of the skipper, so if you're joining as crew, you don't have to worry about this.

Supplies - You always need supplies, and with long trips, this can really add up. But with one-day trips, you don't really need to worry beyond water, since there will probably be restaurants and stores around. However, you never know: a simple trip around the lake can end up in spending the night there. Mechanical breakdown happens all the time, so perhaps you want to bring at least some food and extra water.

Below I'll go into more detail for each of the different gear categories. You'll also find all of these items on the downloadable checklist. But first, let's quickly take a look at the packing list for beginner day-sailors.

What you need to bring as crew on a 1-day sailing trip:

If you're tagging along for a short trip as (beginner) crew, you don't need to bring much. You need to wear appropriate clothes and bring a bottle of water and sunscreen. Appropriate clothes are:

  • multiple base layers of clothing that are comfortable and dry quickly
  • non-marking deck shoes that provide a good grip like sneakers or boat shoes
  • sweater and (sailing) jacket
  • sun protection, like a hat or cap, and long sleeve shirts

I'll go into multiple day trips below, but first I want to take a look at the stuff each skipper needs to consider when planning a trip.

Factors that determine the supplies and boat and crew gear

If you're the skipper, you're responsible for the boat gear and any necessary supplies. You need to decide what navigation equipment you need, and how much fuel, food, and what safety gear to bring. To make planning easier, I've created a system for myself.

There are basically three kinds of trips that determine what safety and boat gear I need to bring:

  • freshwater trips - not a lot needed besides basic navigation tools
  • coastal and offshore trips - more safety gear required by the USCG
  • ocean passages - besides more safety gear, also more supplies and tools needed

Freshwater trips - Freshwater trips are the easiest to plan. There isn't a lot of safety gear required by the Coast Guard, and you don't need a lot of supplies or fuel, because there's always a gas station nearby. So no worries here. You just need to bring your basic navigation tools. Something like a compass and marine chart will do fine, or perhaps a chartplotter.

Coastal and offshore trips - For coastal and offshore trips you need to bring a lot more safety gear, especially on larger boats. You'll also want more navigation gear, and you'll need more anchors.

Ocean passages - Ocean passages are the ultimate planning challenge. Besides all safety gear, navigation, and so on, you also need to think about your supplies and bring extra tools. Once you're out there, you're on your own, so you need to be able to do minor repairs yourself.

Make sure to check out my Ultimate Guide to Required Safety Equipment on a Boat . There you'll find a USCG safety gear checklist for all different hull lengths.

Trip length

The second factor that determines required gear is the trip length. Obviously, the longer your trip, the more you'll need to bring.

  • short trips (1-2 days)
  • extended trips (2 - 14 days)
  • ocean passage (multiple weeks)

I mention ocean passage again here because it's usually the longest kind of trip, but it also requires special planning. You need to bring a lot more fuel than on an ordinary two-week trip along the coast because chances are you won't find any gas stations in the middle of the Atlantic.

Also, you need to bring a lot more water onboard, and spare parts for minor engine and sail repairs. With long trips along the coast, you can always find a safe harbor with a store, or request Coast Guard assistance. They will probably be there within a couple of hours at most. But in the middle of the Atlantic, chances are nobody will come for at least a couple of days.

What you need to wear depends on your role and ambitions. If you're just tagging along as crew or a curious landlubber on a sailing yacht, you need to take a good look at your clothes, but you don't need to worry as much about specialty gear. If you're a pro sailor (or want to become one), you need special sailing gloves and wetsuits. And then there are foul weather clothes for heavy weather.

For sailing clothes, the rules of thumb are:

  • you want to wear clothes that are appropriate to the climate
  • you want to wear multiple layers because the temperature on the water can change quickly
  • you always want to bring dry clothing
  • wear clothes that dry quickly; neoprene and polyester are great for cold weather, linen is great for warm weather
  • wear clothes that can't be caught in lines or winh; no scarfs or shawls, rather a large blanket or a thick coat for when you get cold

Beginner sailing outfit

  • in cold weather, wear heavy, thick undergarments made from water repellant materials. Neoprene sailing socks are great, but wool works as well. Always bring plenty of spares.

Professional sailing clothes

  • sailing gloves
  • boat shoes or sailing boots
  • water shoes
  • polaroid sunglasses with croakies
  • sailing hat, helmsman hat, or cap with retainer clip
  • high-quality sailing jacket (inshore, coastal, and offshore jackets all have different linings)
  • sailing trousers - this can be a polyester legging, made from wetsuit material, or a UV protective, water-repellent chino
  • canvas sailing belt - works than a leather belt in wet conditions
  • drysuit for cold weather

Foul weather/offshore clothes

  • foulies (heavy weather rain suit)
  • ocean trousers or salopettes

Crew gear is stuff every crew member needs to have, including the skipper. The safety gear is the responsibility of the skipper, the rest is up to you.

Safety gear

Each crew member should wear the following safety gear:

  • life jacket - also called a Personal Flotation Device (PFD) - if you go sailing regularly, you might want to consider buying your own
  • whistle for signaling when you go overboard
  • waterproof headlamp for signaling when you go overboard
  • For coastal and offshore sailing: harness and tether - clips you to a fixed padeye onboard to stay within reach when you go overboard

Toiletries (for multiple-day trips)

If you're going out for multiple days on end, be sure to bring your the following toiletries:

  • toothbrush and toothpaste
  • medications and perhaps medication for seasickness
  • dry shampoo

If applicable, make sure to bring:

  • passport for international trips
  • diving certificate
  • drivers license
  • dry bag - to protect your precious gear
  • swimming/snorkeling/diving gear
  • fishing gear

Additional gear for multiple-day trips

  • sleeping bag
  • cellphone and charger
  • electronics like an e-reader, tablet, laptop, camera, and chargers
  • 12V to DC adapters
  • power banks and spare batteries for all electronic equipment
  • outlet travel multi-adapters for international trips

As skipper, you need to carry some tools to ensure a safe boat and the general safety:

  • Personal Locator Beacon (PLB) to transmit location in case of emergency
  • utility knife and marlin spike, or:
  • mariners knife (has a marlin spike) - used to work on the rigging, splitting lines, and so on
  • sailing watch - A digital sailing watch has at least an alarm, which you need for reminding you to do check-ups on the course, weather conditions, and so on. Most sailing watches also have a digital compass and barometer, which is great as a backup.
  • captains log if you use one
  • marine binoculars (with rangefinder)

The skipper needs some additional paperwork:

  • International Certificate of Competence (ICC) - for international trips only
  • USCG skipper's license
  • VHF certificate
  • sailing guides on the area
  • legal paperwork for the boat and captain - like boat registration document, and a photo ID like a driver's license

Boat gear consists of cockpit gear, navigation, communication, and safety gear. For short inland trips, you only need some of that gear. You don't need a lot of navigation equipment since the waters are well mapped and finding your way isn't very difficult. First I'll give you the bare minimum, and then I'll specify each category for longer trips.

The bare essentials:

  • boat compass
  • marine chart
  • required safety gear
  • first aid kit
  • small tool kit or multitool
  • working anchor and rode

Cockpit equipment:

  • wind vane and/or handheld wind meter
  • Cockpit Mayday procedure card
  • compass deviation card
  • boat maintenance log

Navigation equipment:

Bring at least one (but preferably two) the following:

  • handheld compass
  • chartplotter - make sure you bring updated charts
  • backup chartplotter - this can also be a laptop, tablet, or even smartphone
  • sextant & up-to-date navigation almanac
  • marine charts

I always want to bring at least two means of navigation. My favorites are the compass (by far) and the GPS since these are very reliable. I also plan to dive into celestial navigation, since this is a great backup, and it's more accurate than you might think.

You can get a cheap but reliable chartplotter and compass for less than $500 - in total. If you want to learn more, head over to the recommended gear section:

  • Click here for my recommended chartplotter
  • Click here for my recommended compass
For a complete overview of types of marine navigation, I recommend to check out my in-depth article about it .

Communication equipment:

  • satellite phone
  • marine VHF radio
  • handheld depth sounder
  • signaling flags for international waters

Safety gear:

  • air horn or whistle
  • bosun's chair for rig work
  • radar reflector
  • flares or LED signaling light
  • emergency weather radio
  • first aid kit - needs to contain at least
  • fire extinguisher(s)
  • life raft for offshore sailing

Other gear:

  • 1 anchor for inshore
  • at least 2 anchors for offshore (preferably 3 - 2 storm anchors)
  • tool kit for minor repairs on rigging, sails, and engine
  • multimeter for checking the wiring
  • full tank of fuel
  • spare parts (plugs, fuses, etc.)
  • heaving line 50’-70’

Supplies start to get important with longer (offshore) trips. But it's especially important with ocean passages. These kinds of trips tend to take longer than expected. The most important supplies are food, water, and fuel.

Water - Fresh drinking water is your number one priority when at sea. If you'll be on the open sea for multiple days or even weeks, you should bring PLENTY of water.

Food - Make sure to bring plenty of canned foods. A fishing rod is also a great way to ensure food, in case you run out.

Fuel - For ocean passages you ideally want to carry at least 400 - 500 NM worth of motoring range in fuel. That's roughly 125 - 160 gallons of fuel. So make sure to install additional fuel tanks if you don't have the capacity.

If you want to know more about how to plan fuel consumption: I've written an article on it. Make sure to check my article on how much fuel different engine sizes burn here .

If you're the owner of the boat, you need to have some gear to properly maintain it.

If your boat can be hauled out onto a trailer, you probably want a trailer. A trailer is, however, not always the easiest way to transport a sailboat. You have to take down the mast and rigging, which is a lot of work.

You also need some basic maintenance gear to take care of your hull, engine, and sails.

You want an electrical toolbox that contains:

  • wire cutters
  • wire stripper
  • needle-nose and vice-grip pliers

For engine maintenance, you need a basic wrench set.

You also need:

  • a good selection of screwdrivers
  • nut drivers for hose clamps
  • large and small channel-locks

Sailing can require a lot of gear, but you can also do with the bare essentials - especially in the early stages of sailing when you're practicing on inland lakes for example. Remember, if you're the skipper, you are responsible for the bulk of the gear, and people depend on your planning skills. Don't take it lightly. But with this resource, I hope I've made it a lot easier on you.

If you're looking for quality sailing gear, I have a section on my website with in-depth information on all kinds of gear. If you want, you can check it out here .

What should I pack for a day boat trip? You want to wear multiple layers of clothes that dry quickly. Also, you want to bring sun protection, like sunscreen, sunglasses, and a hat. A sailing jacket is recommended. Always bring dry clothes and water. Besides the essentials, you probably want to bring your swimsuit, towels, water shoes, and insect repellant.

What should I pack for an overnight boat trip? Bring a pillow, sleeping bag, and toiletries. Wear clothes in multiple layers, and bring dry clothes. Always bring sun protection (sunscreen, sunglasses, hat). It gets cold on the water: bring a warm sailing jacket and gloves. Neoprene socks stay warm, even when wet. Insect repellant and Dramamine are also recommended.

What to wear when sailing in cold weather? Wear a reliable outer layer. Most quality sailing gear is water repellant and will keep you dry. Wear warm base layers, and bring spares in a dry bag. Warm your hands and toes using neoprene gloves and socks and bring spares. Wear neck and face protection, and cover your eyes using goggles. Also, wear a helmsman hat.

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Hello, Shawn! It’s fantastic that you’re sharing such useful information with others. These items are necessary for any sailing trip, whether it is for a day, two days, a week, or a month. I’d like to add one or two items that are also necessary if you’re sailing with children, particularly, children can rapidly become bored and require entertainment. That is why you should bring a variety of activities to keep your child occupied. Also, keep in mind that children are naturally curious and will want to explore the boat. They can, however, become careless, so you must take precautions.

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So your trip with us is vastly approaching but you might be asking yourself, what to wear? The Yacht Week is no ordinary trip but we’ve got you covered with the dos and don’ts of packing for the best week of your life ✨.

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What To Pack

Lets start with the basics, pack your bags in a soft collapsible duffle. Hard cases with wheels may mean you can bring that extra swimsuit but they take up valuable living space on the yacht meaning less room for you, your pals and just generally relaxing on board. Take a look here for more guidance on luggage options.

  • Bathing suits (obs) 
  • Flip-flops, sandals, deck shoes (sneakers if you plan on fighting those hangovers with a run or a hike)
  • Wayfarers on baby 🎶 - remember to pack those sunglasses 
  • At night the restaurants are pretty chill - shorts will do just fine 
  • A light jacket/jumper in case the evenings cool
  • Your regatta outfit
  • Outfits for our themed events

*Each of our themed parties are exclusive to Yacht Week guests only! Please be sure to dress appropriately, and respectively for the locals when you head into the towns after the party. This means, strictly no bikinis/swimwear when you are on the islands. In Croatia, fines will be issued in Hvar and Vis for those who fail to comply with the local guidelines.

Toiletries  🧴

  • High factor sunscreen
  • Cleansing wipes 
  • Lip balm (with SPF)
  • Anti-nausea medication if you get sea sick

Nice To Have’s 🤙

  • A floatie of your choosing – If it’s too much of a hassle to bring your own float and you’d rather be a sustainable sailor this summer, save the bag-space and hope that there’ll be one up-cycled for you!
  • Country flag
  • European adapter
  • Phone charger and battery pack
  • Disposable underwater camera / GoPro
  • Your own water bottle to minimise plastic use
  • Yeti cup to keep your drinks chilllllled
  • A book for down time
  • Earplugs and an eye mask
  • Cards, chess or your favourite board game
  • Fairy/LED lights for your yacht

Documents 📚

  • Travel insurance
  • Valid passport
  • Local currency

What Not To Pack 🚫

  • Heavy clothing - wool takes a long time to dry
  • Expensive jewellery (need we explain Kim K losing her diamond ring in the ocean)
  • Water-balloons. Bits of plastic in the ocean is a big no no ☝
  • Linens and pillows, they’re provided for you

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What to Pack on a Yacht for a Week – Smart Packing List

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Sailing trips are, without a doubt, a unique and exciting way to spend your vacation. It has a mix of adventure, glamor, and luxury that appeals to one and all.

On the other hand, sailing trips are also very unlike land holidays in many important ways. For one, you would not have the luxury of heading to the nearest convenience store to buy the things you need.

In other words, it is essential that you plan and prepare well in advance to avoid any chance of last-minute regrets.

I have been witness to many sorry tales where inadequate planning and preparation completely marred what was supposed to be a vacation of a lifetime.

In this article, therefore, I have decided to discuss what to pack on a yacht for a week .

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Essentials for a Week Long Sailing Trip

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There are certain items that people always need to bring with them, regardless of gender and age, especially so when you are sailing away on the vast ocean.

Firstly, you should draw up a list of toiletries you typically use every day and include them in your list.

If you or any member of your friends and family take prescription medication, then that is something that must be included.

Over and above, you should pack over the counter medications for common afflictions. Here is what your list should look like.

1) For women: Shampoo and conditioner, body wash or soap, water resistant makeup, baby wipes, lip balm, moisturizer, sun block, toothbrush and toothpaste, deodorant, hair brush and ties.

2) For men: Shampoo and conditioner, body wash, sunscreen, moisturizer, toothbrush and paste, sunscreen, lip balm, and a long lasting deodorant.

3) Medications: Prescription medications if any, over the counter medicines for migraines, motion sickness, common cold, diarrhea, sleeping pills, birth control, and mosquito repellent.

4) Other essentials: These would include items such as washing powder, razor, ear plugs and eye mask, towels , Swiss knife, a phrase book and travel

Documents to Pack

Document on stones

Arriving on your sailing holiday without proper documentations can wreck your vacations in more ways than one.

Be extra careful that you have all the necessary documents for a smooth sail. Here is the checklist.

1) Passports for everyone with proper and valid visa attached

2) Travel insurance documents for each sailing party

3) Sufficient money in local currency

4) All the documentation related to charter including the contract

5) Sailing license or certificate in the case you would be skippering the boat yourself

Packing for Men

One of the joys of sailing trips is that you do not need to pack heavy.

men clothes

The atmosphere aboard is always casual and you would mostly spend your time in t-shirts and shorts.

Here is what you would need to pack for a week long sailing trip.

1) 5-6 pairs of t-shirt, one pair of collar shirt, a pair of khaki or jeans, and 2-3 pair of regular shorts

2) 2-3 pairs of bathing shorts or speedos

3) One pair of warm sweater and a lightweight jacket made of synthetic material for windy or rainy days

4) 2 pair of pajamas, 3-4 pair of underwears, 2 pairs of socks

5) Among other accessories, include a couple of towels , a wide brimmed hat or a baseball cap, a pair of quality polarized sunglasses , flip flops with good grip, and casual or boat shoes .

Packing for Women

Tank top for women

The advice for men holds equally well for women.

Pack light because you would mostly be spending your time in a bathing suit.

Packing light is also convenient because space is always scarce aboard a boat.

Here is my checklist for women who are planning a week long sail.

1) 3-4 pairs of swimsuits, 3-4 pairs of bras and underwear, 2 sarongs if you want to cover-up

2) 3-4 light dresses, 3-4 tank tops, and shorts

3) A sweater or a shawl for chilly weather, a light jacket for wet weather and windy days, a pair of leggings

4) A pair of good grip sandals and boat shoes each

5) Other accessories include 2 pairs of towels , a pair of good quality polarized sunglasses , wide brim hat, and 2 pairs of socks.

Packing for Children

Child on a suicase

Sailing with kids means you have to prepare a little better as they have certain special requirements.

For example, they are more prone to soiling the clothes, so if you do not wish to spend extra time doing the laundry, pack extra clothes.

Here is my recommended list for kids.

1) T-shirts or shirts for each day of sail. Same with shorts.

2) 3-4 pairs of bathing suits

3) Light jacket for wind and rain, and a warm sweater or a jacket for chilly weather

4) 3-4 pairs of pajamas, socks, and under wears each

5) Accessories such as anti-slip flip-flop, shoes, hat or a cap, and sunglasses

6) Special food preparations if your kids require them

What Not to Bring on a Sailing Trip

As I mentioned above, sailing trips are unique because of a variety of reasons such as limited space, casual nature, limited energy resources, limited water supply etc.

Therefore, certain things that you might consider for a land-based holiday, are a strict no-no on a yacht. For example, the following items.

1) Expensive jewelry: There is no need for jewelry unless your boat has a special provision for formal events.

2) Other valuable items: Life aboard a sailing boat is fairly rudimentary and simple, and you can spend a week without carrying your possessions that are valuable in terms of money or sentiments.

3) Formal dresses: You would not need tweed jackets, formal shoes or an elegant evening wear aboard a sailing boat.

4) Electronic gadgets: While you should certainly carry a camera or a tablet, I would recommend that you leave gadgets such as hair straighteners etc that suck precious battery on board the yacht of their juice.

Provisioning List for Your Trip

Vegetables and fruits

Provisioning your boat is important so that you can enjoy tasty meals during long passages.

Remember that provisioning does not refer to merely the food items but the entire gamut of items you would require during the sail including safety gears, first aid, essential electronic items such as VHF sets, tools, and other miscellaneous items.

However, since most of these would be recommended by your charter company, we would stick to the food items in this article.

1) Fresh foods: These include vegetables, dairy, and meats, packed in special packages to last as many days as possible.

2) Frozen foods: These items would be what you would be left with during the latter part of your sail. Ensure that you choose items after consulting everyone on the trip. Variety is the key.

3) Other nonperishable items: These include pasta, condiments, sauces, spices, herb mixes, coffee, sugar, canned foods, preserves, cereals.

4) Alcohol: Sailing is essentially one long party so you would require enough liquor to go around. Choose hard liquor over beers because they do not take up lots of space.

5) Snacks: High energy snacks are great between meals, and keep the spirits high.

6) Special foods: If any of the sailing parties has special food requirements, such as gluten-free diet, or kids with their own special requirements, then the same should be taken care of.

General Tips

1) Choose soft waterproof Duffel bags to pack your stuff as they take up less space, and do not present the risk of scuffing up boat surface.

2) Bring a quality set of dry bag to keep certain essential items including your electronics and documents.

3) When it comes to food, always consume the perishable items first.

4) Store your vegetables carefully. For example, ripe bananas would accelerate the ripening of other fruits and vegetable nearby.

In Conclusion

The lists I have presented above may seem overwhelming at first, but they really aren’t. To repeat myself, life on a sailboat is simple and basic, and you need little beyond the basics.

With a little bit of careful planning, you can ensure an exciting glitch free sailing trip of a lifetime. The aim should be to pack light and pack smart.

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I can honestly say I’ve never been on a yacht before, but this makes it sound so much fun! I would’ve thought that I can just pack like I’m going on a road trip if I’m staying on a yacht for a week. But I see there are things that I never thought I would need! Thanks for the post!

A land trip is different than an offshore trip. In a hotel, you can bring suitcases as much as you want but on a boat, you are restricted because of the weight and lack of storage.

I am glad this article helps you to know what you would need for a sailing trip:)

Thank you for the comment and wish you a great day!

What a great article! This is perfect to have on hand when planning a boat trip! You usually pack unnecessary things and end up filling space you need for most important stuff. You have covered everything, for the entire family! You could maybe create a printable checklist so others can use it when packing.

Yes, this is the problem of most people when packing , I did the same mistake over and over and it is not easy to get rid of this habit. But after years of traveling and packing, I finally understood my mistake:)

Indeed, you are right a printable checklist would be much easier for the users, but unfortunately, this theme doesn’t have this functionality.

But you can bookmark the page if you wish to:)

Thank you very much for the comment and wish you a wonderful day!

Hi Daniella! Everything you could possibly need for a sailing trip is here. I love how easy your advice is to read and understand. You listed everything beautifully and all I would need to do is check things off. What a nice resource! I see you have been on the sea your whole life and have lots of experience. It is not an arena that I grew up in and I’m not familiar with all the ins and outs of chartering a boat. What are some of the places you have visited and what is your longest trip?

I am glad you find my website simple to navigate as it is very important for who wants to find articles easily, it saves a lot of time, thank you for the compliment, I really appreciate:)

I ‘ve been chartering and traveling since I was a kid with my parents in the Mediterranean sea and the longest trip I did was in Israel, we sailed there three months and it was absolutely fantastic!

Here is the about me page if you would like to know more about me:)

Thank you very much for the comment and wish you to sail soon!

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What to Pack for a Superyacht Charter

15 things to pack for a yacht charter vacation..

So, you’ve booked your first superyacht charter, and any day now you’re going to be stepping aboard into a floating world of glamour and adventure. You’ve come up with the perfect itinerary in collaboration with your yacht broker and yacht captain, and you’ve filled out your preference sheet so the crew can prepare the yacht beforehand with all your favourite food, drinks and entertainment.

There’s only one thing left…. and that’s knowing what on earth to pack!

Packing for a luxury yachting vacation isn’t exactly the same as packing for other high-end holidays, and there’s nothing worse than getting onboard to realize that your holiday would have been just that little bit better if you’d known more about what electronics, clothes, and accessories would prove useful on board.

We’re here to help. The team at OceanScape Yachts have been lucky enough to spend a lot of time on luxury yachts- whether as charter guests or professional crew- so have the inside knowledge on what you should pack for the perfect holiday.

15 Things to Pack for a Yacht Charter Vacation

Soft, new, white-soled shoes Many first-time charter guests don’t know this, but most types of shoes are completely forbidden on board a superyacht. High heels dent and ruin the teak, dirt from street shoes soles marks the deck and plush carpets, and black-soled shoes leave horrid scuff marks on floors and staircases. Most yacht guests are happy to go barefoot, but if you’d prefer to wear shoes, buy yourself a pair of white-soled, brand new flat shoes such as loafers—to be worn only while onboard. Alternatively, some yachts will provide white fluffy slippers, or you can bring your own.

Glare-proof electronic screens You lie down on a deckchair on the sundeck, champagne fizzing softly and the Jacuzzi bubbling softly. You pick up your iPad to do some afternoon reading or post some holiday pictures on Facebook….and you can’t see a thing with the summer sunshine blazing directly onto your screen. Before your vacation, invest in some glare-protectors for tablet and phone screens, which will improve readability in full sunlight. For reading, Kindle has an excellent in-built glare resistance.

As much swimwear as you can fit The one item of clothing you’ll wear more than any other is swimwear- and they’re tiny, so you won’t waste much space packing them. Why not splash out on a few new pairs of designer swimwear before your vacation to make you really feel the part of the superyacht set.

The right international adaptors You might be chartering an Italian-built boat, owned by a Japanese family, cruising American waters, so it’s probably safe to say that you don’t know what the plug sockets on board are going to look like… or if there will be enough of them. Find out from your broker which type of electrical sockets the boat has, and throw in a couple of international adaptors and double adaptors for good measure. The yacht will almost certainly provide an international adaptor for each cabin, but unless you only have one electronic device, that’s not going to be enough!

Your favourite TV or Movie Downloads While generally pretty good, the Wi-Fi signal on yachts often isn’t as strong as on land. If you’re desperate to watch a certain series or movie while on vacation, play it safe and download it beforehand rather than depending on streaming it at the time—particularly if you’re cruising away from major centres. (This might be a particularly useful tip if there are any teenagers or Game of Thrones fans in your group.)

Soft-shell luggage This one is often unexpected, which leaves some yacht guests living with their hard-shell suitcases blocking corridors or even sitting awkwardly in the corner of their luxurious cabin! Remember, even though your luxury yacht looks like a designer mansion inside…it’s still a boat, so storage will almost always be an issue. Unless you’re chartering a massive megayacht, pack in soft-shell luggage that can be folded down to fit away neatly in the bilges and out of sight.

Multiple hats Many women imagine sitting under a giant floppy hat while on a yachting vacation; the men perhaps see themselves in a fashionable trilby. Which is all well and good- as long as the wind isn’t blowing or you’re not sitting in a high-speed tender flying across the water at 30 knots. Countless hats go over the side on a yachting holiday, never to be seen again. So bring caps for windy days and tender rides, and then glam it up as much as you like on the still days.

Light, summery clothes Unless you’re chartering in cooler climes like Norway or Alaska, you’ll overwhelmingly be wearing light clothes made of soft cottons and linens. Think colourful kaftans, sarongs, light coloured slacks, flowing dresses and comfortable shorts. While your attire on board can be as casual or dressy as you like, it’s always a good idea to bring some dressy clothes for the evening if going ashore, as yachting ports are often quite fancy places and many restaurants and clubs have strict ‘smart casual’ dress codes.

Sunglasses You technically only need one pair, but superyachts and sunglasses are a match made in heaven. Bring one pair for each deck of the yacht to save you having to walk up and down stairs…and one more for good measure. Sounds decadent? Totally-but this is a superyacht holiday, remember?

Comfy sweatpants and a light sweater Most people don’t automatically think ‘warm clothes’ when booking a Caribbean vacation, but the wind can often pick up unexpectedly at sea so it’s nice to have a light sweater or windbreaker handy for when the yacht is underway. Also, it’s relaxing to have comfy clothes for snuggling up and watching TV at night in your lovely air-conditioned cabin. It’s not because it’s cold, it’s just because it’s well… snuggly. Make sense?

Seasickness tablets and medications Different seasickness medications seem to work differently on different people, so if you suffer from seasickness then be sure to pack what works for you. The yacht will certainly carry seasickness meds, but not necessarily the ones you prefer. As for your other medications or natural remedies, stock up beforehand. The yacht carries a medical kit for general issues but it can’t be exhaustive, and you certainly don’t want to waste your yachting vacation at the doctor or pharmacy chasing prescriptions!

Favourite toiletries and sunscreen The yacht will have toiletries (and nice ones, too). However, on most charter yachts you will be charged for the toiletries under the ‘consumables’ section of the charter agreement- so if you have a particular brand you like using, bring it from home if you have the space in your luggage and you want to keep your charter bill down. Also, don’t bring suntan oils as they mark the decks and upholstery, so you may foot a bill at the end for any damage.

A good camera Smartphone cameras are good, but they don’t tend to function as well as designated cameras in conditions with lots of glare, haze, and sunlight. Bring a good digital camera, and if you can get your hands on an underwater camera all the better- they are some of the most brilliant holiday shots of all!

Earplugs Don’t worry- your cabin isn’t going to be loud- in fact they’re normally beautifully calm and quiet. However, some guests spend the first night in their comfy bed aware of the unfamiliar creaks of the yacht, the soft hum of the air conditioner, or the lap of the water on the side of the hull. They’re not unpleasant noises, just different- so if you’re a light sleeper, pop some earplugs in your bag. Most people don’t ever need them (in fact they love hearing the water lull them to sleep), but there’s no harm packing a pair for that first night just in case.

Exercise gear Lots of yachts have exercise gear like a treadmill onboard, or you might like to have a yoga class onboard or at a resort ashore. If you’ve got space, throw in those sneakers and gym gear- they might end up being the perfect outfit for a hike in the jungle or a run along the beach, even if the idea of a treadmill on vacation is not for you. Why not bring your Fitbit or Apple Watch to see how much action you really get up to on holiday?

There’s one last piece of advice I have for you. Despite all of these things you should consider taking, do remember not to pack too much . Storage and cupboard space onboard tends to be limited, so give yourself plenty of time to plan outfits, find out what’s already onboard, and pack cleverly before casting off on your luxury yacht adventure.

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Essential Items To Pack When Working On A Yacht

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Working on a yacht can be an incredibly exciting and rewarding experience, whether you're a seasoned sailor or a first-time deckhand. However, the unique challenges and limited space on a yacht mean that proper packing is essential. From safety gear to personal necessities, there are a few key items that every yacht worker should have on hand. Whether you're preparing for a long-term job or a short-term adventure, having the right essentials can make all the difference in ensuring a successful and enjoyable experience on the open seas.

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Clothing Swimwear, T-shirts, Shorts, Light pants, Dresses, Casual shoes
Protection Sunscreen, Sunglasses, Hat, Insect repellent
Footwear Boat shoes, Sandals, Flip-flops
Documentary Passport, Visa, Crew licenses, Travel insurance
Communication Mobile phone, Chargers
Medications First aid kit, Prescription medications
Personal Items Toiletries, Towels
Entertainment Books, Games
Safety Life jackets, Flares, Fire extinguisher
Navigation Compass, Charts, GPS
Food and Drink Water bottles, Snacks
Miscellaneous Cash, Camera, Travel adaptor

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What are the essential clothing items to pack when working on a yacht, what personal care items should be included in your packing list for working on a yacht, are there any specific tools or equipment that should be packed when working on a yacht, what documents and identification should be packed when working on a yacht, are there any specific safety items or equipment that should be packed for working on a yacht.

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When working on a yacht, it is important to pack the right clothing items to ensure your comfort and safety. The nature of the job requires you to be on the water most of the time, and you may be exposed to various weather conditions. Here are some essential clothing items you should consider when packing for your yacht work:

  • UV protection clothing: The sun's rays can be harsh, especially when you spend long periods on the water. UV protection clothing, such as rash guards and long-sleeve shirts, can help protect your skin from harmful UV radiation. Look for clothing with a high UPF (Ultraviolet Protection Factor) rating for maximum protection.
  • Waterproof gear: As you will be frequently exposed to water, it is crucial to have waterproof gear to keep you dry. Invest in a quality waterproof jacket and pants to protect yourself from rain and waves. Waterproof gloves and boots are also recommended to keep your hands and feet dry and warm.
  • Base layers: Base layers are designed to wick away moisture from your skin, keeping you dry and comfortable. Opt for breathable and moisture-wicking materials like merino wool or synthetic fabrics. These base layers will help regulate your body temperature and prevent overheating or chilling.
  • Quick-drying clothes: Choose clothing that dries quickly to avoid discomfort after getting wet. Look for materials like nylon or polyester that dry rapidly, allowing you to continue your work without being weighed down by wet clothes.
  • Sturdy footwear: Working on a yacht involves walking on various surfaces, including wet and slippery ones. Invest in a pair of non-slip, closed-toe shoes or boots with good traction. This will protect your feet from injuries and provide stability as you move around the yacht.
  • Sunglasses and hats: Protecting your eyes and face from the sun is essential. Invest in a pair of polarized sunglasses that block harmful UV rays and reduce glare. Additionally, pack a wide-brimmed hat to shade your face and neck from the sun's rays.
  • Safety gear: In addition to clothing, don't forget to pack essential safety gear. This may include a personal flotation device (PFD) or life jacket, a safety whistle, and a waterproof flashlight. These items will ensure your safety in case of emergencies or accidents.

To summarize, when working on a yacht, it is crucial to have the right clothing items to ensure your comfort and safety. UV protection clothing, waterproof gear, base layers, quick-drying clothes, sturdy footwear, sunglasses, hats, and safety gear are all essential items to pack for your yacht work. By being prepared and wearing appropriate clothing, you can focus on your job and enjoy your time on the water.

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When working on a yacht, it is important to have a packing list that includes all the necessary personal care items. Since you will be spending long periods of time at sea, it is essential to bring items that will help you keep clean, healthy, and comfortable. In this article, we will discuss some of the personal care items that you should include in your packing list for working on a yacht.

  • Sunscreen: Spending time in the sun can be intense when you are on a yacht. It is crucial to protect your skin from harmful UV rays by wearing sunscreen. Choose a broad-spectrum sunscreen with at least SPF 30, and make sure to apply it every day, even on cloudy days.
  • Insect repellent: Yachts often dock in tropical or coastal areas, which can have a high population of mosquitoes and other biting insects. To protect yourself from insect bites and potential diseases, pack a good quality insect repellent and apply it as needed.
  • Personal hygiene items: It is important to maintain good personal hygiene when working on a yacht. Make sure to pack items such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and deodorant. Opt for travel-sized containers to save space and minimize waste.
  • Medications: If you have any prescription medications, be sure to pack enough to last for the duration of your trip. It is also a good idea to bring a basic first aid kit that includes items such as band-aids, antiseptic cream, and pain relievers.
  • Seasickness remedies: Even if you do not have a history of seasickness, it is advisable to pack some seasickness remedies, such as motion sickness pills or patches. The sea can be unpredictable, and it is better to be prepared.
  • Skincare products: Being exposed to sea air and constant sunlight can take a toll on your skin. Pack essential skincare products such as moisturizer, lip balm, and face cleanser to keep your skin hydrated and protected.
  • Nail care: Do not forget to pack nail clippers and a file to keep your nails neat and tidy. These may seem like small items, but they can make a big difference in your overall appearance and hygiene.
  • Haircare products: If you have specific haircare needs, such as curly or frizzy hair, pack the necessary products to manage your hair. Bring items like a brush, hair ties, and any specialized serums or styling products you use regularly.
  • Feminine hygiene products: If you are a woman, do not forget to pack an adequate supply of feminine hygiene products. It may not be easy to find them in certain locations, so it is better to be prepared.
  • Comfortable clothing and footwear: Lastly, it is essential to bring comfortable clothing and footwear that will allow you to move freely, especially when you are on deck. Pack a combination of lightweight, breathable items and warmer clothes for cooler evenings or bad weather.

Remember to consider the duration of your trip and the specific climate you will be in when packing your personal care items. It is always better to be over-prepared than underprepared when it comes to personal care on a yacht. By packing these essential items, you can ensure that you are well-equipped to take care of yourself while working on a yacht.

The Essential Packing Guide for a Time Share Vacation

When preparing to work on a yacht, it is essential to have the right tools and equipment on hand. These items can ensure that you are prepared for any task that may arise during your time on the boat. From routine maintenance to emergency repairs, having the appropriate tools is crucial for efficiency and effectiveness.

One of the most important tools to have on a yacht is a comprehensive set of hand tools. This includes a variety of screwdrivers, pliers, wrenches, and sockets. These tools can be used for a wide range of tasks, such as loosening or tightening bolts, removing and replacing screws, and fixing minor electrical issues. It is important to invest in high-quality tools that are durable and reliable, as they will be subjected to the harsh marine environment.

In addition to hand tools, it is also crucial to have specialized marine tools on board. These tools are designed specifically for use on boats and are essential for performing tasks such as rigging, sail repair, and hull maintenance. Some examples of marine tools that should be included in your yacht toolbox are a fid, marlin spike, palm, sailmaker's needles, and a splicing kit.

A reliable multimeter is another essential tool for working on a yacht. This electrical measuring device can be used to troubleshoot and diagnose electrical issues. It can measure voltage, current, resistance, and continuity, allowing you to pinpoint the source of the problem and make necessary repairs.

When it comes to emergency situations, it is important to have a well-equipped first aid kit on board. This kit should include items such as bandages, antiseptic solution, gauze pads, adhesive tape, and pain relievers. It is also a good idea to have a life raft, life jackets, and an emergency locator beacon in case of a more serious emergency.

In addition to tools, there are also some equipment items that should be packed on a yacht. These include a flashlight with extra batteries, a waterproof floating handheld VHF radio, and a tool bag or toolbox to keep all your tools organized.

In conclusion, when working on a yacht, it is important to have the right tools and equipment on hand. This includes a comprehensive set of hand tools, specialized marine tools, a reliable multimeter, and a well-equipped first aid kit. By being prepared with the necessary tools and equipment, you can ensure that you are ready for any task or emergency that may arise during your time on the boat.

The Essential Items to Pack in Your Carry-On for a Long Flight

When working on a yacht, whether it's for a short charter or a long-term position, it's essential to have all the necessary documents and identification packed. These documents not only prove your identity but also ensure your legal compliance and eligibility to work in the maritime industry. In this article, we will discuss the key documents and identification you should have when working on a yacht and why they are important.

  • Passport: Your passport is the most crucial identification document you need when working on a yacht, especially if you are traveling to different countries. It proves your citizenship and identity and is required for international travel and border crossings. Ensure that your passport is valid for at least six months beyond your intended stay on the yacht.
  • Seafarer's book: A seafarer's book, also known as a seaman's book or discharge book, is an internationally recognized document that records the sea service of a sailor or crew member. It serves as evidence of your experience and qualifications and is often required by maritime authorities and port officials. Make sure to have your seafarer's book up to date and carry it onboard at all times.
  • Visa(s): Depending on your nationality and the countries you will be visiting or working in, you may need to obtain the appropriate visas. Visa requirements can vary widely, so it's essential to research and apply for the correct visa well in advance. Some countries have specific crew visas designed for yacht personnel, which allow for extended periods of stay.
  • Certifications and licenses: Yacht crew members are often required to hold specific certifications and licenses, depending on their roles and responsibilities. For example, deck officers may need a Deck Officer's Certificate of Competency, while engineers may require an Engineer Officer Certificate of Competency. Ensure that you carry all the necessary certifications and licenses that are relevant to your position on the yacht.
  • Training certificates: Many yacht crew positions require specialized training, such as STCW (Standards of Training, Certification, and Watchkeeping) courses. These courses cover essential topics like firefighting, first aid, personal survival techniques, and ship security. Carrying the relevant training certificates demonstrates your competency and compliance with internationally recognized safety standards.
  • Medical certificates: Yacht crew members are often required to undergo regular medical examinations to ensure they are fit for duty. Depending on your role, you may need to obtain medical certificates indicating that you are in good health and free from contagious diseases. These certificates may be required by port health authorities or insurers.
  • Employment contract: It is crucial to have a clear and comprehensive employment contract when working on a yacht. The contract should outline your duties, responsibilities, salary, working hours, leave entitlements, and any other relevant terms and conditions. Always read and understand your employment contract before signing it, and keep a copy with you onboard.
  • Insurance documents: Yacht crew members should have appropriate insurance coverage, including health insurance, travel insurance, and personal accident insurance. Make sure you have copies of your insurance policy documents, including contact details for emergency assistance, and keep them easily accessible.
  • Reference letters and resume: Carrying reference letters and an updated resume can be beneficial, especially if you are seeking new employment opportunities. These documents showcase your experience, skills, and professional track record, making it easier to secure new positions or promotions while working on a yacht.

In conclusion, when working on a yacht, it is essential to have all the necessary documents and identification packed. These items not only prove your identity but also ensure your compliance with legal requirements and industry standards. Remember to keep them in a safe and easily accessible place, and make copies or scan them for digital backups. Being prepared with the right documentation will help you navigate international waters and make the most of your yacht working experience.

Essential Items to Pack for an Unforgettable Burning Man Experience

When working on a yacht, safety should always be a top priority. Whether you are a crew member or a guest, it is important to pack necessary safety items and equipment to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience on the water. Here are some specific safety items that should be packed for working on a yacht.

  • Life jackets: Life jackets are a crucial safety item that should be readily available on any yacht. It is important to have enough life jackets for all crew members and guests onboard. Additionally, it is essential to check the condition of the life jackets to ensure they are in good working order and meet the necessary safety standards.
  • First aid kit: A well-stocked first aid kit is essential for any yacht. It should include basic medical supplies such as bandages, antiseptic ointments, painkillers, and any necessary prescription medications for specific crew members or guests. It is important to regularly check the contents of the first aid kit and replace any expired items.
  • Fire extinguishers: Yachts should be equipped with several fire extinguishers that are easily accessible in case of emergencies. It is important to ensure that the fire extinguishers are regularly inspected and serviced according to the manufacturer's instructions. Crew members should be trained on how to use a fire extinguisher effectively.
  • Safety harnesses: Safety harnesses are essential for crew members working on deck or in rough weather conditions. They provide a secure attachment point and prevent falls overboard. It is important to check the condition of the safety harnesses and ensure they are properly fitted.
  • VHF radio: A VHF radio is an important communication device that allows you to stay in touch with other boats and emergency services. It is important to learn how to use a VHF radio properly and have it readily available in case of emergencies.
  • Personal locator beacon: A personal locator beacon is a small device that can be worn by crew members or guests. It emits a distress signal and can help search and rescue teams locate the person in case of an emergency. It is important to register the personal locator beacon and keep it in good working condition.
  • Flares: Flares are essential for signaling for help in case of emergencies. It is important to have a variety of flares onboard, including handheld flares and parachute flares. Flares should be regularly checked and replaced if expired.
  • Safety lines: Safety lines are used to connect crew members to the yacht, preventing them from falling overboard. It is important to have enough safety lines for all crew members and ensure they are properly attached and in good condition.

In conclusion, when working on a yacht, it is important to pack necessary safety items and equipment to ensure a safe experience on the water. This includes life jackets, a first aid kit, fire extinguishers, safety harnesses, a VHF radio, personal locator beacon, flares, and safety lines. It is important to regularly check the condition of these items and replace any expired or damaged equipment to ensure everyone's safety onboard.

The Essential Packing List for an Unforgettable Sedona Adventure

Frequently asked questions.

When working on a yacht, it is important to have a variety of clothing options. You should pack a mix of professional outfits for when you are on duty, such as collared shirts, slacks or skirts, and closed-toe shoes. Additionally, pack comfortable and casual attire for your off-duty time, such as shorts, t-shirts, and sandals. It is also a good idea to pack a few formal outfits for special occasions or events that may arise during your time on the yacht.

When packing personal care items for working on a yacht, it is important to prioritize items that are necessary for your daily routine. Pack toiletries such as toothpaste, toothbrush, shampoo, conditioner, soap, and any other products you use on a daily basis. Additionally, pack any medications or first aid supplies you may need. It is a good idea to pack a small travel-sized kit with essential items that you can easily take with you when you go ashore.

As a yacht crew member, you may be responsible for certain tasks or duties that require specific equipment or tools. It is important to communicate with your employer or supervisor to understand what will be provided for you onboard and what you need to bring yourself. Generally, it is a good idea to pack a basic toolkit with items such as a multi-tool, adjustable wrench, screwdrivers, and pliers. Additionally, if you have any specialized skills or responsibilities, make sure to bring any necessary equipment or tools related to those tasks.

When working on a yacht, it is important to have all the necessary documents with you for the duration of your employment. This includes your passport, valid visa (if required for the country you will be working in), any necessary work permits or certifications, and medical records or vaccination certificates. Additionally, it is a good idea to have copies of these documents stored electronically or in a secure location in case the originals are lost or stolen.

In addition to clothing, personal care items, equipment, and documents, there are a few other items that you should consider packing when working on a yacht. These include a good pair of sunglasses and a hat to protect yourself from the sun, a reusable water bottle to stay hydrated, a waterproof bag for trips ashore, and any personal items that will make your time on the yacht more comfortable, such as a favorite book or electronic device. It is important to pack efficiently and prioritize essential items, as space may be limited onboard.

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Cruise packing list: 56 essentials chosen by experts.

This cruise packing list includes all of the essentials – plus items you didn't know you needed.

Essentials to Pack for a Cruise

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Packing for any trip takes some planning, but cruise vacations present a unique challenge – particularly due to limited stateroom storage space and sparse (or overpriced) options for purchasing accidentally forgotten items.

To help you decide what to pack for a cruise, we've curated a list of essentials recommended by cruise experts who regularly sail the high seas. Download the U.S. News Cruise Packing List pictured above to reference while you pack, and read on to learn more about the recommended items and where you can purchase them if needed.

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Carry-on bag

Regardless of whether you bring checked luggage, you'll need some type of carry-on bag . Since checked bags need to go through security as they do at airports – and because you may need to wait for your stateroom to be ready, just like at a hotel – you'll want to be able to access any necessities pre-cruise. These might include a swimsuit, sunscreen, sunglasses and a hat for the pools; medications; a bottle of water; and your smartphone, of course. You'll also want to keep your credit card , passport, and any other important documentation or valuables close by. A carry-on backpack works especially well since it can double as a day bag for shore excursions.

Checked bag

While you'll likely want to bring a checked bag, consider sharing one with your shipmate(s) to maximize stateroom storage space. Or, consider bringing medium-sized luggage, such as the The Medium by Away , for checking in.

Garment bag

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While many cruises are less formal these days, a garment bag can still be handy for keeping select garments wrinkle-free (since clothing irons are prohibited on cruise ships). Top-rated options include the The Garment Duffel by Halfday and the Briggs and Riley Baseline 22" Carry-On 2-Wheel Garment Bag , both of which double as traditional luggage. If you pack your luggage right, you can make this your only suitcase, in addition to a carry-on bag.

Packing cubes or vacuum-sealed bags

Packing cubes are one of the best ways to organize your belongings for travel – especially in a tight cruise ship cabin. Top-rated options include the Veken packing cubes on Amazon (usually priced around $20) and all of the Pack-It Sets by Eagle Creek. The Pack-It Starter Set is especially ideal for cruising since it includes a garment folder designed to minimize wrinkles in clothing. Some cruisers also swear by vacuum-sealed bags , even though they can be a bit more tedious to pack.

Carry-on caddy

Ashley Kosciolek, senior cruise writer at The Points Guy, recommends a carry-on caddy , particularly if you're flying to your embarkation point. "I have a fabric sleeve that slides down over the telescoping handle on my carry-on to provide pockets for my passport, phone, coffee – all the things I used to have to juggle during check-in."

Digital luggage scale

The compact Etekcity scale – approximately $10 on Amazon – can weigh bags up to 110 pounds and help you avoid overweight baggage fees. You can often find these scales at your local Marshalls and HomeGoods stores too.

Bungee cord

"Especially for travelling with the family, I use a bright-green bungee cord to strap multiple pieces of luggage together," says Aaron Saunders, senior editor at Cruise Critic. "It's a lifesaver when boarding trains or disembarking ships, particularly when you ' re maneuvering a stroller and a little one around, too."

Luggage tracker

Front and back of Apple AirTag against white background.

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A luggage tracker isn't just useful for air travel. Attach one to your checked cruise luggage to see when it has arrived in your stateroom (or if it's stalled at security). Chris Gray Faust, executive editor at Cruise Critic, doesn't go anywhere without her Apple AirTag after her luggage got stuck in Vancouver for over a week last June. "My AirTag use has expanded beyond my checked luggage, too. I also have AirTags in my handbag, my carry-on, my keychain and my wallet."

Cruise insurance

Due to the unpredictable nature of travel, cruise insurance can be a wise purchase ahead of your voyage. Travel policies can cover unforeseen expenses such as trip interruptions and medical emergencies.

While a passport is often required for cruising, rules can vary depending where you're traveling. Determine whether you need a passport for your upcoming cruise ; if you do, triple-check that you have it packed the day of departure.

Credit cards and local currency

When cruising internationally, consider getting small amounts of each country's currency to have on hand in port. Depending where you go, some local markets may only accept their own country's currency, not U.S. dollars or credit cards. It's also nice to leave cash gratuities for cab drivers, tour guides or servers; in the European Union, 1- and 2-euro coins are convenient and appropriate tips. In ports with vendors that do accept credit cards, be sure to carry a Visa or Mastercard , as some shops and restaurants do not take American Express .

RFID wallet

It's important to protect your travel documents with an RFID wallet like the TIGARI Passport Holder or the ZOPPEN RFID Travel Passport Wallet , the latter of which can hold multiple passports for a family. "Thieves and hackers can steal your credit card information just by using skimming devices," explains Jill Schildhouse, a cruise expert and U.S. News contributor who always travels with her RFID wallet. "And because your wallet wasn't even touched, you won't know it happened until you see your credit card statement."

Medications

Pack more than enough of your prescription medications as well as any over-the-counter medicines you'll need, just in case you encounter an itinerary change or travel delay. While some travelers find it easiest to bring personal medicines in their prescription bottles, others find travel pill boxes to be especially helpful for organization. The Sukuos Weekly Pill Organizer is a well-rated option, with detachable boxes for each day as well as compartments for morning and evening medications.

Sheet masks

Since flying can be so drying for the skin, Faust likes to use sheet masks. "My first step the night before I board (because you should always fly in a day early) is to hydrate with a sheet mask (usually from a Korean brand like Ballon Blanc or FaceTory )," she says. "If I'm meeting up with a friend, I bring an extra sheet mask so our trip starts out feeling a bit like a spa day!"

Magnetic hooks

A surprising fact: Cruise ship cabin walls are made of metal, which means you can optimize your storage space by hanging some of your belongings on magnetic wall hooks. The hooks are perfect for holding bulky coats or boots if you're traveling to a colder climate. You can also use them for wet gear on expedition ships and adventure cruises, or for drying out bathing suits after days at the beach or pool. Purchase a set of magnetic hooks for less than $10 on Amazon.

Like hotels, cruise ships can only provide so many hangers. Bring a few extras from home or pick up a pack from your local dollar store. You might also try packable hangers .

Wrinkle release spray

Whether or not you bring a garment bag, a travel-size bottle of wrinkle release spray, such as Downy Wrinkle Releaser spray , is useful to have on board. If you combine a spritz or two with the steam from your shower, you should be able to smooth out some of the wrinkles in your clothing.

Laundry detergent

"If you don't want to pay for laundry service or spend precious time in the self-service laundry room, bring a small bottle of laundry detergent like Woolite to wash key items in the sink: underwear, bras, quick-dry hiking shorts, bathing suits, etc.," recommends Schildhouse. "Every cruise ship shower has a retractable clothesline you can extend to drape the clothes over while they dry. This can also help cut down on the number of items you need to pack."

Over-the-door organizers

Over-the-door organizers with clear or mesh pockets allow you to find your feminine hygiene products, makeup, jewelry and other small items quickly – without having to hunt through multiple drawers or a tight stateroom closet. It's a good idea to purchase a two-pack like this option by Simple Houseware Store (available on Amazon), since you can also use one to store shoes and maximize floor space.

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It goes without saying, but to say it anyway: A toilet spray like Poo-Pourri is a must for your cruise packing list. Any smell – pleasant or not – will travel quickly in small staterooms with small bathrooms. Buy a travel-size bottle to keep in your cabin.

Shampoo and conditioner

Cruise experts agree it's best to bring your own shampoo and conditioner in travel-size bottles, as most cruise ships don't provide separate shampoo and conditioner anymore; instead, they offer all-in-one dispensers. Colleen McDaniel, editor-in-chief at Cruise Critic, likes to pack her shampoo and conditioner in the popular Cadence Capsules , noting she also uses them for another essential: sunscreen. "These capsules are easy to fill, never leak and have clear labels, which you can customize," she says.

Wine or Champagne

Most major cruise lines allow each guest to bring one to two bottles of wine or Champagne on board, while some luxury cruise lines allow even more than that. Disney Cruise Line also gives guests the option to bring a six-pack of beer instead of wine or Champagne. Be sure to consult your cruise line's policies when packing for your trip.

If you plan to bring wine or Champagne, you'll likely need a corkscrew . While some cruise lines may prohibit corkscrews, others allow them on board; check your cruise line's policy before sailing. Bringing wine with a twistable cap may be a good alternative.

Portable humidifier

Cruise ship cabins can feel dry – especially in the colder months. A portable humidifier like the GENIANI Erie (around $25 on Amazon) can provide some relief. At about half a pound, this USB-powered device will fit neatly into your checked bag or carry-on luggage. The travel humidifier features two mist settings and has an automatic shut-off option, plus a night light to help you see around your cabin in the dark.

International travel adapter or converter

You'll likely need a travel adapter, since cruise lines homeported in international locales may have different electrical sockets and voltage strengths than you're used to in the U.S.

McDaniel recommends the OneWorld65 Travel Adapter . "I've used a lot of different travel adapters over the years, but this is my favorite. It charges up to six devices at once, has USB and mini-USB options, and works in over 200 countries," she says. "While many cruise ships have U.S. outlets, most usually also have European outlets. This adapter lets me take advantage of that outlet I'd otherwise ignore." She also notes that while cruise lines are getting better about having more outlets on their ships, it never feels like enough to keep your phone, camera battery, tablet, watch, headphones/earbuds and laptop charged (times two or more if you're traveling with others).

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Sound machine

Cruise experts agree a sound machine can be helpful for blocking out the sound of late-night partiers returning to their staterooms (or your snoring spouse). Schildhouse likes the LectroFan Micro 2 for cruising. "It plays non-looping white noise and doubles as a speaker to play tunes while you get ready for dinner."

Tech organizer

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A tech organizer like the BAGSMART electronics organizer case – available on Amazon for about $20 – can store all your cables, plugs, SD cards and earphones in one zippered, compact bag that will fit easily in your carry-on luggage. Despite its small size, it can also hold bulkier items like a small laptop charging cord.

First-aid kit

A first-aid kit is a good thing to have on hand no matter where you go. You can make your own using supplies you already have at home, or buy a premade first-aid kit on Amazon for about $20. While all cruise ships have medical facilities, it's useful to have these items with you on shore excursions, especially those involving active adventures.

Hand sanitizer

Regularly washing your hands and/or using hand sanitizer is essential to staying healthy while traveling, especially on a cruise ship. Stock up on a few travel-size bottles of hand sanitizer (less than $2 each at Walmart) ahead of your trip. If you're looking for something with less alcohol that's also less drying, check out Babyganics Alcohol-Free Foaming Hand Sanitizer .

If you're a parent, you know that your infant or toddler needs a very specific size – and in some cases brand – of diapers, which may very well be unavailable to you on your cruise ship or in the ports of call. Bring more than enough diapers to play it safe at sea.

Most cruise lines also require that non-toilet-trained infants and toddlers wear swim diapers in the children's water play areas. For the sake of sanitation, kids must be toilet-trained to use the pools on cruise ships.

Many cruisers like to personalize their cabin with stateroom door decor. Not only is it a fun tradition, but decorating the door can make it easier to locate your room, too. You can find lots of fun decor ideas on Pinterest as well as Amazon.

" Duct tape is a life-saver in many situations," says Kosciolek. "I primarily use it to attach my printed luggage tags, but it's also great for mending clothing issues on the fly and fixing broken luggage until you can get it back home."

"As a parent, I like to bring lanyards with sleeves so my kids can wear their keycards and not lose them," says Erica Silverstein, senior cruise editor at The Points Guy. "We hang them on the magnetic hooks I put on the wall, so they don't get lost in the cabin either."

Sea-Bands pack and bands in case against white background.

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If you're prone to (or think you may be prone to) motion sickness on cruise ships, put a pair of Sea-Bands on your cruise packing list. These soft wristbands use acupressure to prevent and minimize nausea and vomiting on board, and they are a reusable, drug-free alternative to traditional anti-nausea medications. You can purchase Sea-Bands on Amazon or at most drugstores.

If you need something a bit stronger than Sea-Bands (or to use in conjunction with them), Dramamine remains a tried-and-true solution for both preventing and treating sea sickness. Choose the Less Drowsy formula to avoid getting sleepy, and consider the chewable tablets (dye-free) if traveling with kids who are prone to queasiness. Many travelers like Bonine as a remedy for sea sickness as well.

Mix-and-match clothing

Pack a variety of mix-and-match items, also known as a capsule wardrobe, for your cruise. To do this, choose a base color – black or navy blue – for your wardrobe. Next, pack plain, neutral-colored items, then add a few patterned items to the mix. Remember to include a variety of styles (T-shirts, long-sleeved shirts, pants, shorts, dresses, rompers and jumpsuits) and also consider reversible clothing and outfits that can easily transition from day to night.

Sports jacket or blazer

Adam Coulter, executive editor of Cruise Critic UK and Australia, recommends packing a sports jacket or blazer. "While cruise lines are getting more casual, what happens if you get that last-minute invite to meet the captain, or there's a meet and mingle where you want to look put together? A jacket will always elevate your elegance (even if you're wearing a T-shirt underneath)," he says. If you're in need of a travel blazer, Bluffworks has some well-rated options; the Gramercy , in particular, gets great reviews.

Themed party attire

Some cruise lines host themed voyages or parties on select nights where passengers can dress up to participate in the fun. You'll want to review your cruise itinerary before you go so you're prepared for the festivities. Bring your buccaneer gear if you're sailing aboard Disney Cruise Line; ships host fun events like Pirate Nights, pirate-themed dinners and a "Pirates in the Caribbean" show. On "The Love Boat"-themed cruises offered by Princess Cruises , pack your platform boots, glittery dresses, bell-bottom pants and halter tops for the line's 1970s-inspired disco party on the deck. No matter the theme, you can't go wrong with a couple of cruise captain hats .

Travel wrap

A travel wrap is a versatile accessory that's useful for any trip – even more so on a cruise ship where it can get chilly when the sea breeze picks up. Available in nearly 10 different colors, J.Crew's Oversized Cashmere Wrap is a timeless staple, albeit a bit of an investment; for something less expensive but well rated, try this off-brand pashmina shawl on Amazon .

Packable jacket

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If you're cruising to a cold weather destination such as Alaska, you'll need something heavier than a travel wrap, but not so bulky that it requires additional luggage. Consider a packable jacket that folds easily and compactly; travel experts highly recommend the Patagonia Nano Puff Jacket .

Packable hat

If you're headed to the Caribbean or another warm weather destination, you'll want a beach hat to protect your scalp and face from the sun. This packable straw hat by FURTALK (available on Amazon for about $25) is a stylish women's option that features a broader brim and offers UPF 50 sun protection.

Comfortable walking shoes

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Even if you never step foot off the ship, there is still plenty of walking to do between bow and stern. Closed-toe shoes or sandals with straps are safer than flimsy flip-flops when boarding a slippery tender into port (if your ship can't dock directly). Check out our recommendations for the most comfortable walking shoes , which include the popular Allbirds Wool Runners and the ECCO Yucatan Sandals .

Water shoes

Depending on your scheduled shore excursions, you might also need a pair of water shoes. For something that's both functional and fashionable, Crocs' Classic Clogs are a good option. While not totally waterproof, the Native Jefferson is a water-friendly, versatile option.

Versatile heels

"Over the years, I've learned that the key to avoiding overpacking is to bring one neutral pair of low heels that match every single eveningwear outfit I've packed – from flowy pants to dresses," says Schildhouse. The Naturalizer Bristol Sandal is an ideal choice, with a cushioned footbed, a 2.5-inch heel, and great reviews. It's also available in a variety of colors.

Reusable water bottle

A reusable water bottle is useful for filling up at water and beverage stations on your cruise ship; it's also a necessity for shore excursions.

Bathing suit

Pack a couple of swimsuits for the pools, hot tubs and any shore excursions.

Swim cover-up

Another must-have for your cruise packing list is a swimsuit cover-up or two. These are great for wearing over your bathing suit during days at sea, as well as on excursions – especially if you're going on a Caribbean cruise . Amazon sells a variety of stylish, affordable cover-ups, and you can never go wrong with a classic white button-down shirt .

Dry bags are useful for shore excursions where you're likely to get wet but don't want the same to be true for your phone, camera and other precious items. "I use the Outdoor Research Unisex Dry Isolation Pack   and have never had so much as a drop of moisture enter it, which is important for me – it keeps my cameras, documents and important items from getting wet," says Saunders, adding that it functions as a great everyday backpack when it's not raining.

If you need more than one dry bag, cruise expert Brittany Chrusciel recommends the Sea to Summit Lightweight Dry Bag Set . "Having these dry bags, in a variety of sizes, means I can bring all my gear along during a Zodiac cruise or snorkeling excursion without having to worry about it getting wet."

Waterproof phone case

A waterproof phone case is also essential, especially if you plan to take photos. The Hiearcool Waterproof Phone Pouches (available in a two-pack) come with a lanyard so you can both protect your phone and wear it around your neck. They are compatible with most smartphones.

"I like to bring collapsible pails, small shovels , inflatable beach toys, a floppy Frisbee or other things to entertain the kids on the beach if we're going to a private island or beach destination," says Silverstein. "If you can inflate your own inner tube, you don't need to rent a floating mat."

Beach towel

"Although cruise lines provide guests with towels to take off the ship on excursions, they are often bulky and sometimes small," explains Chrusciel. "The Surfer Towel folds up to nearly nothing, so it takes up almost no room in your suitcase and is super convenient to pack in a day bag. What's more, its quick-drying technology means that the lightweight fabric won't be soaking wet when you need to pack up for the day and head back to the ship."

Towel clips

"Even though giant plastic towel clips shaped like a flamingo are a bit cringey, they make it easy to find your spot in a sea of sun loungers," says Chrusciel. "They also solve a common cruise problem: keeping your towel securely fixed to your chair while reading or sunbathing."

Reef-safe sunscreen

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When choosing a sunscreen, look for something that's reef-safe; not only are these sunscreens safer for the environment, but they're also better for you . The active ingredients in reef-safe sunscreens, also known as mineral sunscreens, are zinc oxide, titanium dioxide or a combination of both. Top-rated mineral sunscreen brands include Think , Badger and Raw Elements , all of which also sell lip balm with sunscreen (another essential at sea).

After-sun lotion

You'll want an extra dose of moisturizer if you've been basking in the sun. COOLA makes an after-sun body lotion that cools and hydrates the skin with aloe vera, agave and lavender oil. Previous buyers rave about this lotion, noting they appreciate that the scent isn't overpowering.

A good book

Sea days are the perfect time to kick back and relax with a book you've been meaning to read. Find an oceanfront lounge chair in a shaded area on the pool deck, or grab a cup of tea and settle into a quiet nook indoors. There's no need to pack more than one book, however, as many cruise ships have libraries.

What not to pack for a cruise

Power strip.

Many cruise lines do not permit power strips as they present a fire hazard, while others allow them as long as they are non-surge-protected. Instead of a power strip, purchase a portable charger such as this highly rated one by Anker , which can power up multiple devices at once. This can be especially useful for shore excursions. When packing for your cruise, also think about your luggage: If it has an included charging port, you may not even need to purchase an additional charging block.

Weapons and restraints

Firearms, handcuffs and the like are not permitted on cruise ships. This rule also includes toy guns on most cruise lines.

While most major cruise lines allow guests to pack a limited amount of wine or Champagne per person, they do not permit hard liquor. Of course, those of age can purchase cocktails at any of the bars on board.

Household appliances

Irons and steamers are not permitted on cruise ships, which is why the aforementioned garment bags, wrinkle release spray and packing cubes are recommended for keeping clothing tidy and neat. Coffee makers and mug warmers are also prohibited.

While you can technically bring you own, it's not necessary as hairdryers are available in every bathroom on most ships.

CBD and marijuana

CBD that's derived from hemp and contains 0.3% THC or less is legal at a federal level. However, each state interprets and enforces this law differently; for example, many states require a prescription for it. Due to the ambiguity of the laws, most cruise lines continue to ban CBD in any form.

Marijuana remains illegal under U.S. federal law, which means you cannot bring it on a cruise ship – even if you're legally able to purchase it in your home state for recreational or medical use.

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Planning a day long boat trip? Here’s a quick list of 10 things you need on a boat to help make your day a wonderful memory!

Some of you may laugh at this topic. But, take it from a girl who grew up on the prairies of Montana – not all of us know how to “do” a day of boating!;)

Thanks to some wonderful friends of ours, I’ve had the opportunity to enjoy a few day boat trips! Each time I go, I learn more tips and tricks, and I thought you’d like it if I’d pass on my new-found wisdom to you. So, get out your list and start packing. It’s time for a fun boating day on the ocean – or lake!

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10+ Things for a Boat Trip + Tips and Tricks to help make the day wonderful!

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1.Sunscreen + Sunglasses

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I do everything in my power to avoid sunburn. Not only do I believe it to be un-healthy for my skin, I really dislike the discomfort of it!

To prevent sunburn, apply your first coat of sunscreen before you even leave the house, and reapply it throughout the day.

Also, put on your sunglasses to protect your eyes from the bright glare of the sun on the water.

Although a little pricey, this sunscreen works for my sensitive and allergy prone skin happy.

2. Thin, quick-dry towel

I guess any towel would do, but a thin, quick-dry towel ( like this ) takes up less room in your bag – and yes, it will dry quick! It’s perfect if you decide to go for a swim and also doubles as a sunshade for your legs or a poncho if you get chilly in the evening!

3. Bucket hat

Two women sitting in the back of a boat with bucket hats on.

I admit that I don’t own one of these yet, but I want to get one like this! I borrowed one yesterday and discovered it is a perfect thing for boat day. Look for a wide brim, neck strap (so you won’t lose it in the wind), and an adjustable strap on the back of the hat that will help it fit snug on all sizes of heads. 

4.Water bottle and plenty of water!

Water is one of the most important necessities when out in the sun for a day. Be sure to drink lots of it so you don’t get sun stroke.   This type of water bottle is my highest recommendation and my friend raved about how incredible this one is. We put ice cubes in ours, then water – and our ice cubes were still clinking at the end of the day! Cold, cold water is so refreshing on a hot day.

5. Snacks in a cooler

We love this inexpensive small cooler for day trips on the boat. We fill ours with a few small ice packs and then pack snacks like:

  • Tortilla roll-ups (with lunch meat, veggies, and cheese)
  • Fresh fruit (cherries, blueberries, or strawberries are our favorite)
  • Granola Bars

6. Shoes that can get wet

Sometimes you may decide to anchor near the shore and walk onto a beach. It’s helpful to have shoes that can go right in the water if you need on a rocky beach. These are my favorite Summer sandals that are all-purpose for me. These and these also look like nice options that are made for water.

7. A swimsuit

Although you may think you don’t want to swim, you just might change your mind after a few hours in the sun. Pack the swimsuit just in case!

(Sidenote. The older I get, the more I dislike wearing a swimsuit! However, I LOVE to swim, so I put on my swimsuit anyway. I prefer wearing a tankini top and swimsuit shorts bottoms. I think this striped  tankini top and navy swim shorts are so cute.)

8. Lip Balm with sunscreen

Swollen, chapped, sunburned lips feel awful. Don’t forget take lip balm with sunscreen to give your lips a little love throughout the day. (See what I did there?;))

9. Binoculars

You just might see some whales in the distance! Have a pair of binoculars on hand to see them up closer.

10. Your wallet or cash

There are some really cute marinas in nooks and crannies around Vancouver Island. You just may stop at one with a store. Buying an ice cold Hagaan Daas salted caramel ice cream bar will be a special treat! You’ll need some moolah to do that. This is my husband’s favorite slim wallet that is so handy!

11. Sweatshirt/ Sweatpants

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Dressing in layers is the appropriate attire for boating adventures. Although the day might start sunny and hot – perfect for shorts and a tank top – it will most likely end up being chilly as the sun goes down. Packing a sweatshirt and sweatpants are perfect for the changes in weather temperature. (Also, if it looks rainy, definitely throw in some rain gear!!)

I have a sweatshirt very similar to this and I LOVE it. A pair of sweatpants are handy to just pull over a pair of shorts as the evening gets chilly.

12. Simple First Aid Kit

Although the boat you’re going on probably has its own first aid kit, I like to pack a small cosmetic bag with a few simple first aid items like band aides, tylenol or advil, & non- drowsy Dramamine (if someone gets seasick).

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Great list for the must-haves for a day of boating, Rita! This would work for almost any type of day trip! Pinned!

Fantastic list! We live on a lake in Georgia and you covered it all perfectly. Couldn’t have done it better.

I’ve never spent a whole day on a boat, but it looks like a good list! Love your cute photos.

Great tips! Your boat loving friend couldn’t agree more with what you suggest.

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David Beckham bares six pack as Victoria joins him for jet ski thrills on Sardinia yacht bash for Harper's 13th

Harper beckham turns 13 with a stylish celebration in sardinia as david and victoria enjoy family time on the yacht..

It's birthday time for Harper Beckham, and the celebrations are turning heads in Sardinia! David and Victoria Beckham ’s baby girl has officially turned a teenager and the family went all out, enjoying the warm weather and trying out watersports. The former footballer, flaunted his ripped physique as he hopped on a jet ski. His sweetheart Victoria joined him by jumping on behind, swapping her dumbbells for a life jacket.

Harper Beckham turns 13 with a stylish celebration in Sardinia as David and Victoria enjoy family time on the yacht.(Pic - Victoria Beckham Instagram)

David Beckham and Victoria enjoy a jet ski ride in Sardinia

David Beckham, defying father time at 49, made waves by ditching his shirt and showing off his impressive abs. Victoria, ever the supportive wife (sporting a life jacket, black swim skirt and baseball cap—safety first), held on tight for the thrilling ride. But it wasn't all relaxation for the fashion diva. She also squeezed in a workout on the yacht's sundeck, proving her dedication to fitness even on holiday.

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She was captured working out on the yacht, hitting the weights on the sundeck dressed in a casual black T-shirt and denim shorts. But the call of adventure (or maybe David's charm) soon lured her away for the thrill.

While David and Victoria stole the show with their adventurous mode on. The real star of the day was Harper! Celebrating her 13th birthday, the youngest Beckham enjoyed a jet ski ride with her brother Cruz. Pink and silver balloons covered the yacht, making it look super festive for Harper as she had breakfast with Romeo and her ski partner Cruz. Brooklyn had to miss out on the party, choosing to stay in Los Angeles with his wife Nicola. Even though he wasn't there, the family made sure their little princess felt all loved and celebrated on her big day.

Beckhams celebrate Harper’s birthday

“Happy Birthday to my beautiful little girl,” the former football legend earlier wrote in his Instagram post. “Daddy is so proud of you.” He said adding, Harper has “grown up to be a kind, generous & a beautiful young lady with the most amazing heart & the most amazing smile that we all love so so much.”

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Victoria also marked the special day with a heartfelt tribute. She shared a beautiful childhood video of Harper, capturing precious moments with both mom and dad. “Happy Birthday to my best friend. You are sweet and kind and your smile warms our hearts every day 😊 You really are our everything Harper Seven and we are so proud of the happy, beautiful, talented young lady you are becoming. We love you so so much,” the 50-year-old fashion designer wrote.

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The Beckhams' celebration of Harper's birthday came on the heels of another major milestone earlier this month: their 25th wedding anniversary. The couple, who married on July 4, 1999, have grown even stronger over the years. They delighted fans with a special post, revisiting their iconic purple wedding outfits.

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Trump disavows Project 2025, but he has long-standing ties to some key architects

As President Joe Biden’s campaign seeks to rebound from his rough debate performance two weeks ago, it has increasingly tried to turn the attention to former President Donald Trump about Project 2025, an expansive conservative plan backed by more than 100 groups for Trump’s potential second administration.

Over the last week, Trump has tried to put some distance between himself and Project 2025.

"I know nothing about Project 2025," he said in a Truth Social post Friday. "I have no idea who is behind it.”

He doubled down in a social media post Thursday morning, saying, "I have not seen it, have no idea who is in charge of it, and, unlike our very well received Republican Platform, had nothing to do with it."

But many of Trump’s key allies have been directly involved in producing the project, which includes a 900-plus page policy road map and personnel database gathered by the Heritage Foundation, the conservative think tank leading the effort.

President Donald Trump is seen projected on a screen as he speaks at the Heritage Foundation's annual President's Club meeting  in Washington on Oct. 17, 2017.

Trump also spoke highly about the group's plans at a dinner sponsored by the Heritage Foundation in April 2022, saying: “This is a great group, and they’re going to lay the groundwork and detail plans for exactly what our movement will do and what your movement will do when the American people give us a colossal mandate to save America.”

The project’s website bills it as a “governing agenda” that would “pave the way for an effective conservative Administration.”

The website also notes that the project is backed by over 100 conservative organizations , many led by close allies of Trump, including Turning Point USA, the Center for Renewing America, the Claremont Institute, the Family Policy Alliance, the Family Research Council, Moms for Liberty and America First Legal — the latter of which is led by Stephen Miller, a top former Trump adviser.

Former Trump administration officials who have been directly affiliated with Project 2025 include former Office of Management and Budget Director Russ Vought, former acting Defense Secretary Christopher Miller, former Housing and Urban Development Secretary Ben Carson, former deputy chief of staff Rick Dearborn and former Justice Department senior counsel Gene Hamilton.

Vought, one of the key authors of Project 2025, is also the Republican National Committee’s platform policy director.

Kristen Eichamer holds a Project 2025 fan at the Iowa State Fair, in Des Moines, Iowa on Aug. 14, 2023.

The RNC this month adopted its official policy platform for the 2024 election cycle, a document that is less conservative than the Project 2025 handbook — including on key issues like abortion .

Despite the differences between the official platform and Project 2025, the Heritage Foundation is intertwined with the RNC and has been for years.

A spokesperson for the Heritage Foundation told NBC News that it will have a sponsored presence at the Republican National Convention in Milwaukee, as it did at the GOP conventions in 2016 and 2012.

The group was also intimately involved with Trump's transition to the White House in 2016. Beginning that August, top Heritage officials — including Ed Meese, Ed Feulner, Bill Walton and Kay Coles James — became key players in identifying personnel to fill out the administration. 

The Trump campaign declined to comment on who could be a part of a 2025 transition team. Typically, a party’s nominee selects a transition team several months before the general election.

In a statement to NBC News, Biden campaign spokesperson Sarafina Chitka called Project 2025 "extreme," and said it's, "written and led by [Trump's] own inner circle — the same extremists who stacked Trump’s first administration with loyalists and fired anyone who opposed his dangerous instincts, and the same enablers who will help Trump go even further to ‘terminate’ the Constitution, get ‘revenge’ on his enemies, and govern as a ‘dictator on day one’ if he wins this November. Donald Trump and Project 2025 are one in the same — and they’re both going to lose this November.”

Although the RNC’s official platform and Project 2025 differ, the goals espoused in Project 2025 are similar to some of the campaign promises Trump makes at his rallies.

He has promised to cut the Education Department, mirroring Project 2025’s proposal that “ the federal Department of Education should be eliminated .”

He has also promised to appoint a special prosecutor to investigate Biden, alleging that the justice system under the Biden administration is “two-tiered” and “weaponized.”

Project 2025’s handbook echoes th at , saying the Biden administration has executed an “unprecedented politicization and weaponization of the [Justice] department,” which demands “a comprehensive response from the next Administration.”

Still, Trump’s campaign denies that the authors of Project 2025 are in any way shaping his plans for a potential administration.

Senior campaign advisers Chris LaCivita and Susie Wiles said in a statement last year that “unless a message is coming directly from President Trump or an authorized member of his campaign team, no aspect of future presidential staffing or policy announcements should be deemed official.”

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Alaska officials say they’re working to speed up investigations of police shootings

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State officials say they’re working to improve the speed of their investigations into police shootings — as public pressure mounts for the release of body camera footage of the incidents.

So far this year, officers have shot nine people during responses, killing six of them. Five of those shootings involved Anchorage police. 

At a meeting with reporters Wednesday, Deputy Attorney General John Skidmore said the release of body camera footage should come after an investigation by the state Office of Special Prosecutions, in order to follow due process. But he acknowledged that those state investigations are taking a long time. 

“I’ll be the first one to tell you that I think that our process of reviewing these cases has had some problems,” Skidmore said. “There are cases that we’ve reviewed that it has taken us in the Department of Law far too long to review.”

Right now, the state is still reviewing eight police shootings, including one from November of last year , to determine if use of force was justified. In some cases, Skidmore said, they’re waiting on ballistic and police reports, as well as autopsies. 

To help with the delays, Skidmore said the Office of Special Prosecutions has more than doubled its number of prosecutors from three to seven. It’s also working with law enforcement agencies to get reports from them faster. 

“I would always seek to talk with them first and to encourage them to come up with processes to help them get information to us faster,” Skidmore said. “I think that will work. I’m very optimistic about that. But if it didn’t work, are there other things that can be done? Yes, there are.”

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Skidmore said the state has investigated police shootings since 2009, and has records from 2010 on. Since then there have been 148 police shootings in the state, and Skidmore said zero of them have led to an officer being charged with a crime. That includes two of the shootings this year that left two men wounded: 22-year-old Kaleb Bourdukofsky in Anchorage and 25-year-old Victor Jack in Wasilla. 

“We have found officers are not discharging their firearms unless it was authorized by statute,” Skidmore said. “Now, that statute, that’s a pretty broad authorization when they’re allowed to do that. I’m not making any bones about that; that is a broad authorization. But those are the laws in the state of Alaska. And we haven’t found anyone to violate them yet.”

Under state statute, deadly use of force is authorized for officers when they reasonably suspect a person has committed a felony use of force against someone, is attempting to escape while armed with a firearm, or might “otherwise endanger life or inflict serious physical injury unless arrested without delay.”

Skidmore said while he understands frustrated community members’ calls for transparency, that must be balanced with protecting people’s individual due process rights.

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  7. Yachtie Packing List

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  8. Superyacht Crew Packing List

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  10. Essential Packing List

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  15. Your Packing List

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  18. What to Pack for a Superyacht Charter

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  19. What to Pack for a Sailing Trip (Packing List & Must-Have Essentials)

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  23. What to Pack for a Day on the Boat: 10 Things You Need

    First Aid Kit. If you don't want a minor injury to dampen the fun on your boat trip, then a First Aid kit is needed. Your First Aid kit is essential and should contain waterproof bandages, antiseptic wipes, gauze, adhesive tape, and an ice pack. Additionally, sunscreen is a must when out on the water.

  24. Travel Tips! 12 Essential Items to Pack for your next Boat Trip

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