How to prepare for Yacht Week, the ultimate sailing experience.

Yacht Week - How to prepare for Yacht Week, the ultimate sailing experience.

Mediterranean sunshine, warm winds blowing through your hair, turquoise water as far as the eye can see, a group of your closest friends, and top top it off surrounded by a fleet of other amazing vessels sailing through the ocean with you.

What more could you ask for, right?

If this sounds like the ultimate paradise you have come to the right place for THE ULTIMATE guide to prepare you for Yacht Week. A lot of this is female focused, sorry guys...maybe just check out my toy section? (wink, wink) Through my years of traveling I have mastered my packing skills and will guide you to the perfect concoction to look great and be adequately prepared. 

 

First things first, you MUST fit what you need into a duffle bag or similar. Space is tight on the yacht and the last thing you want to do is load your ship with big bulky pieces of luggage. Besides ladies, you will mostly be running around in your bikinis and gents... board shorts, so your packing should be fairly light anyways. You need all that extra leg room for dancing! I also love the little backpacks that have come back into style they are perfect for day trips while exploring the islands and since you will want your hands free to do a little shopping or eating a cone of gelato I also recommend a cross body purse. Click on the photos to be taken directly to purchase some of my great duffle bag finds....yours truly your #dufflebag....girl


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Here lies the ultimate packing challenge....everything should fit into a collapsable duffle. But (for a moment) lets think logical. You'll be in your bikini half the time and you only need 7 outfits total. Many routes have themes that they will let you know about three weeks prior to departure. Mine included a retro tropical theme, French Riviera Party (all white party), and a Renegade Party where each crew dressed up as a unit (free the nipple. WTF {no ones outfit goes together}, pirates, champagne party, Baywatch) are some examples, we went with 80's workout check out the photos below. Absolute success, I LOVE dressing up this honestly is where most of my packing space went.

For the most part however you'll want your clothes to be light and airy, easily dried. Girls, don't bring heels. And as a side note there is no need to bring linens or towels, they are all provided.

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Out are the days of only sunbathing and swimming, throw a music festival in the mix (if you're like me) and you definitely want to be prepared. Depending on which route you take will dictate the amount of "fun" you need to bring with you, the only route where you can buy all of your rafts, toys, and props easily at the marina is Greece which has a huge mega-store right at the marina. You'll have some down time while sailing, a deck of water proof cards is perfect if you need a break from reading. Anytime I'm traveling somewhere hot (especially when you're dancing at music festivals) I bring a hand fan, there are so many varieties so get creative! Now I like to feel extra special so this is totally just an option but a reusable drinking cup (cuts down on waste too) is also fun, check out pineapples, disco balls, and cups with lanyards. Remember your boat needs decorating too!

 

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What is an epic trip without a memorial sound track? Make sure you pull together a plethora of songs from different genres (if you're real organized break them down into different playlist to prevent someone from having to be the designated DJ). Different boats have different stereo systems so makes sure to bring a aux cord. Big lesson from my first trip, book a yacht with air. You'll be SO happy, but if you missed that memo like I did my first time, you'll be forever grateful for these rechargeable battery powered fans! Water-proof everything of course...phone case, go-pro, floaties, a dry sac isn't necessary but can be helpful at times, and lastly a multi port USB cable (the more the better) and a power converter, this is essential! I personally recommend a waterproof phone case with a lanyard, it's really beneficially during the raft party when you don't want to loose your phone.

 

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Extra Packages:

HOSTESS PACKAGE: I would highly recommended spending the extra money and getting a hostess. Cost is between 650-700 Euros depending on your route, which boils down to around $100 USD per person for the week.

What will the hostess do?

  • The food shopping on arrival and throughout the week
  • Clean the galley, saloon, cockpit and toilets, but not the bedrooms
  • Whip up something special for breakfast, lunch and dinner (dinner x2 nights a week)
  • Wash the dishes and clean up after meals

HOSTESS FOOD AND ALCOHOL PACKAGE:

This I would skip, we didn't end up using half of the food provided (4 BAGS OF FLOUR?? REALLY) and some of the liquor provided in the package wasn't what any of us would drink. With a little effort you can come up with a base shopping list for food and alcohol. I have provided copies of what is included in each package to help you get started, it's worth the extra time and effort and will save you money in the end. Average cost for hostess food package 350 Euros and 895 Euros for the premium drink package.

Pro tip: To-go packets of Pedialyte or Gatorade and various juices save room and keep you hydrated!

LASTLY ICE, ICE, BABY! YOU CAN NEVER HAVE ENOUGH AND THERE IS NEVER ENOUGH!

Markets always run out so make sure to send your hostess early each morning to resupply and since the fridge won't keep it frozen invest in a small cooler specifically for ice!

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