even tho it was my first summer with the yacht week I have seen much more than other people did. Especially if it comes to packing for this amazing week. Most people tend to travel either before or after the week and don’t want to over pack anyway, so why not help a little with the packing process.
During my 12 weeks working I had about 100 crew members on my boats and not one of them complained about not packing enough, most of them even told me that they did not even use half of the clothes or make up they did bring because they just did not need it or did not feel like wearing as much clothes. Especially girls who applied make up the first day gave up on it really quickly and most of them stayed with a concealer, mascara and lipstick. Enough small talk here goes my how to pack for the yacht week article.
The most important rule is bring a soft bag, either a duffel-type bag or a backpack. This helps with putting it away once emptied and hard suitcases tend to also be the biggest hurdle for feet. I stubbed my toe so many times on a hard suitcase I stopped counting my 2nd week.
For the daily use bring a cross body bag or a clutch with a wrist loop attached. That is all you need I promis you. As a hostess and skipper we always recommend to only bring those 3 things with you: money (only cash), phone and a sheet of paper with boat name and skipper name on it. Everything else is a hazard to be lost on the wild parties, never bring ID’s or passports, NEVER, you don’t need them except when you travel.
Bring 5-7 bathing suits, that you can wear one every day, they don’t need any space in your suitcase and this is what you will wear basically all day every day.
If you are worried about getting burned on the boat bring 1-3 cover ups. Keep them neutral and they will always fit the bathing suits.
Bring 4-5 light weight dresses, they don’t use up as much space and dry easier. Always remember to bring along an outfit for the riviera chic party (white, beige and blue), the tropical retro party (tropical prints, flowers or retro).
I recommend bringing 2 pairs of shorts (no jeans shorts, way too warm and heavy), 2-3 singles/ tank tops for day activities, like exploring the Islands. They can also be worn to the first nights party.
A hat is a must if you stay in the sun for a little longer and don’t want to get a heat stroke.
Depending on when your week is pack a wind breaker or spring sweater.
Sleep wear and Intimates for the week.
Sunglasses are a must because the sun is strong this time of the year. If you want to keep them bring a couple neck straps along or Poseidon will have another souvenir.
This one is easy because most of the time it is way to hot for closed shoes. Bring a pair of flip flops, a pair of sandles and shoes to fly with. Please don’t bring any high heels, I had that happen and with it came girls who slipped and fell and hurt themselves. On the Islands there are no regular streets, the streets are all stone and old so really slippery.
Toiletries (if you want to travel really light you can also buy most of this things during your first shop. I recommend doing this and getting a family sized bottle everybody can use. Safes some space in your luggage and makes it lighter.)
- sunscreen and after sun lotion
- make up wipes
- mascara, lipstick, concealer
- hairbrush, hair ties
- toothbrush, toothpaste
- body and face lotion
- hair shampoo and body wash
- pain relievers, band aids, vitamins
- sea sickness pills
- razor (or get it done before you show your shaving show at the back of the boat)
Also a good hint is as much more make up you apply as much more time you need to get ready and as less time you have to hang with your friends or make new friends. Most boats have only 2 or 3 bathrooms, now imagine 10 girls are getting ready at the same time. This makes it really hard for your skipper/hostess to be on time with you for a dinner booking or starting times for parties.
With most marinas you have a big grocery store close by who sells most of these things, ask your skipper/hostess before hand to figure this out.
- Quick drying beach towel (charter company provides a shower towel)
- Body paint and glitter for the wild parties
- Blow up swan/duck/etc
- Country flag (to represent your country)
- boat lights (If you having a hard time remembering where your boat is parked. Make sure they are either solar or battery ones)
- Regatta crew costumes (bring one for your skipper/hostess as well makes it way more fun for everybody)
- ear plugs (if you happen to be a light sleeper)
- playing cards (those are great for drinking games or just to have down time)
- camera and charger
- phone charger, external battery
- aux cable (ask skipper/hostess if they have one)
- 12V car adapter (to be able to charge devices, mostly skipper/hostess has one)
- waterproof phone case and floating devices for camera
Yes, this is really all you need for a week with the yacht week. Not more than that. Please listen to me or all the other blog posts you can find online, we know what we are talking about. If you pack smartly you should be able to fit everything into a carry-on suitcase. Which makes the low cost carrier much more tempting to book.