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Yacht Charter Vacation Packing List and Guide

Luxury Yacht

Yacht charters are vastly different from any hotel, resort, cruise or home rental you have otherwise vacationed. Life is simple and room on yachts can be limited. Minimize packing to only the necessities, pack smart.


Store in a dry, waterproof or resealable plastic container:
• Charter Contract
• Passport/VISA
• Plane Tickets
• Drivers License


Only soft-sided luggage, backpacks and duffle bags.


• Cotton light-colored shirts/shorts
• Summer dresses
• Rashguards
• Board shorts
• Several swimsuits
• “Smart Casual” for dining ashore (trouser shorts, collared shirts, summer dresses)
• Windbreaker or light raincoat
• Cover-ups/sun guards

Grooming Kit

• High factor sunscreen (oil free is best, NO SPRAY sunscreen, no tanning oils)
• Most yachts will provide eco-friendly shampoo, body wash, soap and lotions. Inquire.
• Lip balm with SPF
• Insect repellent wipes. NO SPRAY
• Toothbrush/paste/floss
• Deodorant
• Aloe/burn cream


• Barefoot is preferred while on the yacht
• If preferred, white-soled rubber shoes or sandals
• Black rubber-soled shoes or stilettos can stay home
• Water shoes


• Polarized sunglasses
• Croakies
• Hat or visor


• Camera in waterproof case
• Smartphone with waterproof case (if needed)
• GoPro or underwriter camera
• iPad/tablets
• Chargers
• Extra batteries
• Favorite CDs or DVDs

Other Essentials

• Ziplock bags
• Dry bag
• Prescriptions
• Beach bag
• Souvenir bag
• Crew gratuity
• Extra cash for excursions or other needs

Items not to bring

• Expensive jewelry
• First aid kit
• Make-up
• Hair dryer
• Navigation tools
• Bath or beach towels
• Spray sunblock or tanning oils
• Spray bug spray
• Illegal drugs or substances
• Worries (remember that STRESSED is DESSERTS backwards!)

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