On The Yacht Week’s website and on every blog I read prior to my trip, they tell you not to overpack. Me, being my stubborn self, chose to ignore that advice and brought a HUGE duffle bag. I can’t believe I’m admitting I was wrong, but, I’m here to tell you, take the advice. You do not need all that stuff. I repeat – you do not need a lot of stuff. Pack your bag and then take half of it out. A small duffle (carry on size) is literally all you need.
These packing cubes are amazing for keeping your clothes organized. Honestly one of the best purchases I’ve made and helped keep my stuff organized in the small cabin.
- 5-10 bathing suits: Okay, here is where I’m going to say it’s okay to bring more than you need, simply because they are small and don’t take up a lot of space. You will be living in a bathing suit all week. I brought 10 and wore all of them at some point. I honestly even slept in my bathing suit some nights because it’s hot AF. I bought a bunch from Zaful and SheIn – they’re inexpensive but surprisingly good quality.
- 3-4 Lightweight Dresses/Rompers: For dinners and night parties. Think florals and bright colors.
- 2 Pairs of Shorts: For walking around during the day. I’d say bring one pair but mine got dirty so I’m glad I had two.
- 3-4 Tshirts/Tank Tops: Again, for day time.
- Underwear: I’ll let you be the judge on this one for how many you need. If you don’t know, ask your mom.
- 2 pairs of flat sandals – one black pair, one brown or white.
- *a lot of blogs I’ve read recommend boat shoes. I don’t think that’s necessary. No one on my boat wore them and we were all completely fine.*
- Travel size shampoo/conditioner/bodywash
- Hair brush – I highly recommend the wet brush. My hair tangles SO easily and this brush is amazing. Literally untangles so fast and supposedly is not damaging (was recommended to me by my hair dresser).
- Moisturising Lotion
- Makeup – you honestly don’t need that much. Just the essentials (waterproof mascara, bronzer, colorful matte lipstick/lipstain that wont’ come off).
- Makeup Remover Wipes
- Beach Towel: Bring a small/thin beach towel. They have shower towels on the boat, but you probably don’t want to use that to dry off from the ocean. Something thin and fast drying, like a microfiber one is perfect.
- Portable Charger: You can’t always count on the power on the boat being on, so a portable is a good idea to keep your phone charged.
- Party Favors: think string lights, flamingo cup holders, squirt guns. Coordinate with your crew on this one so that multiple people aren’t bringing the same things. There was a huge party store near the port in Alimos, Greece that sold all this kind of stuff so no need to bring it from home.
- Medicine/Vitamins: Pedialyte powder/Emergen-C/Pain Reliever (for the hangovers)
- First Aid Kit: Make sure someone on your boat has band-aids, etc. Someone will get hurt. (I personally took a knee to the face and got my first ever bloody nose!)
What NOT to bring:
- Hair dryer/straightener/curler – Our skipper literally wouldn’t let us use them on the boat because there was not enough power. Embrace the beach waves or braid life.
- Heels – You will probably break your ankle climbing over the boats to get to shore (it’s actually scary). Also no one wears them and you’ll look crazy.
Ok so you may read this and think, “I always wear heels, I’ll be fine” or whatever. That’s exactly what I thought and I did not take them out of my bag all week. No one wears them. But if you want to bring a pair and they fit in your *small* bag, go for it. No one’s stopping you. Just don’t break an ankle.
That’s it! Last but not least, bring a fun attitude because you’re about to have the best week of your life!