Twelve+ Things to Bring on a Yacht Charter

Depending upon where you’re going and what activities you’ll be doing, there are any number of items you might want to bring along on a yacht charter. Before you sail off into the sunset, check out our list for some ideas on what to bring with you on your next yacht charter trip.

What to Bring on a Yacht Charter?

Sunscreen, towels, sunglasses and hats
We know you won’t forget your bikini if you’re planning to take a dip in the ocean or hop on a jet ski, but there are a few more essentials needed for your day of boating fun. We’re not merely making a suggestion when we say bring the sunscreen. The sun’s rays can be exceptionally strong out on the water, and it’s easy to get sunburned. Hats and sunglasses are critical to blocking the rays.  Towels are great to bring even if you’re not planning to swim; they always seems to come in handy!

If you must wear shoes, opt for the non-slip kind. We prefer being barefoot on a boat, but that’s entirely up to you. You should definitely pack a pair of water shoes for exploring rocky beaches and walking across unknown underwater terrain.

Binoculars and cameras
Sightseeing and nature watching is always easier when you can get a close-up view. The camera is a given or a smart phone will do the trick for the less serious photographers. You’ll want to capture your family having fun as well as any natural attractions or marine animals you happen to see along the way. You never know when you might come across dolphins, turtles or manatees.

If you’re on an all-day boat charter, the captain may stop at a waterfront restaurant or beach bar for lunch. Some charters may even have drinks and snacks on board the boat. This may or may not be included in the price of your charter. It’s always a good idea to bring along some cash in case you want to purchase anything or leave a tip for your captain.

If you won’t be stopping anywhere, you’ll probably want to bring an insulated cooler with drinks and snacks. Again, check with the captain to find out what types of foods are acceptable to bring on the boat or follow a few basic rules of thumb for good boating etiquette.

Dry bag
Dry bags are the greatest invention since the boat itself. Stow important items such as keys, wallets, extra clothing and anything else that you don’t want to get wet.

Motion sickness medication
If you have even the slightest inkling that you might get seasick, bring the Dramamine. There are very few things that can ruin a day on the water worse than getting seasick. It’s best to take motion sickness medication right away. Once you start feeling sick, it’s too late.

Fishing poles, tackle or water sports gear
A yacht charter boat may have items like fishing poles, snorkel gear and wakeboards on board, so it’s a good idea to find out ahead of time. If it’s available on board, that’s one less thing you’ll have to worry about packing.

Jacket or sweatshirt
It can get chilly out on the water. This is especially true after the sun goes down. It never hurts to pack a light jacket or sweatshirt.

Even if you don’t have a boating adventure to plan for at this very moment, it’s easy to add one to your calendar. (Even if you don’t own a boat.) Just visit one of the leading boat sharing companies’ websites such as Boatsetter, choose a boat in your area, set the dates and choose a captain which is optional – then go back to the top of this list and start getting ready. It’s time to go boating.


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