What to Bring on a Yacht Charter
A vacation at sea on a private yacht charter is great fun, but you want to come prepared for the adventure. If you're going on a yacht charter, make sure you bring these things in your luggage.
Four Categories of Clothes
Many people who rent a yacht are surprised at how many different types of clothes they need to bring. While boating destinations are often thought of as warm places where you swim and relax, temperatures at sea fluctuate and some on-land activities require special clothes. As you pack, put the following clothing articles in your suitcase:
- A swimsuit and cover-up (or shirt) that you can wear while swimming and hanging out
- Long-sleeved shirts and long pants that will keep you warm on cool evenings and offer extra sun protection on bright afternoons
- Short-sleeved shirts and shorts that will keep you cool on hot (but not too sunny) afternoons
- Formal attire that will be appropriate for a fancy dinner
You don't necessarily need a lot of clothes in each of these categories, but you should have something for each category. The last thing you want while on vacation is to miss out on an activity or be uncomfortable because you didn't pack the right clothes.
Three Types of Footwear
Similarly, you also should have a variety of footwear so that you can participate in many different activities. In particular, pack these three types of shoes:
- Walking shoes that you can wear on a day-to-day basis
- Water shoes that you can wear while swimming to and from shore
- Hiking boots that you can wear if you go explore any islands
Anytime you're onshore, you'll want to make sure your feet are properly protected. Stones and shells are uncomfortable to step on barefoot when you're on the beach, and some trails around islands require more sturdy footwear.
Sunscreen and Insect Repellent
Of course, you should pack sunscreen and insect repellent for the trip. The sun is especially bright when you're boating because its rays reflect off the surface of the water. Insects can be a nuisance when you're onshore, as the moist environment offers a perfect environment for many bugs to live in.
Pack as much sunscreen and insect repellent as you think you'll need, and then add some more to your suitcase. An extra bottle of each doesn't cost too much more, and these are two things you don't want to run out of.