Yacht travel arrangements: what to to take with and what to leave at home?

This question is asked by everyone who is going to step on board of the yacht for the first time.
We will take the liberty to give you some good advices.
The easiest set of things for the yacht trip
But, in most cases, you need to approach the issue more thoughtfully.
First of all, take care of your luggage.

The matter is that the yacht does not have much space and a bulky suitcase so comfortable for an average trip will bring you and your new friends a lot of unpleasant moments.

Very often, you will just have nowhere to put it, so your suitcase will be your constant tripper spoiling your fun. A duffel bag, easy to stow off your things in, will my much more comfortable.

What shall I put in this bag?


- Your passport (international). If you take a child, a birth certificate is necessary (with English translation), if the child is accompanied by only one of the parents – then the other parent should give a notarized exit permit for the child. Laws diifers from country to country.

- A waterproof bag for documents is recommended.

- Cash/credit cards (dollars, euro, pounds. Our school accepts euro only)

- Insurance (optionally, recommended))

- Logbook (if you have already had a sailing trip)
the exact dates of seasonal periodicity in yachting depend on the country
- A soft bag or a backpack (there is not much space on the yacht. A wheeled suitcase can become a spoiler in double lodging cabin and a tripper on the yacht)
- A light, waterproof, but transpirable jacket - 1 pce.
- Shoes for yachting (special or any other comfortable shoes with closed toe protection that will not grime the deck). No one walks barefoot on the yacht further than a cockpit otherwise you will easily hurt your feet by deck equipment and blocks so unusual for a beginner. Beside this, shoes for yachting will add to your style an indescribable chic of your aristocratic passion.
- Comfortable shoes for walking on the ground (in the city, in the store, in the bathroom, in the toilet, on an excursion). Sandals or sneakers, whatever you prefer.
Of course, "yachting shoes" are ideal for yachting. But they are expensive and not everyone has them. They can be replaced by another pair of shoes, just pay attention to the following details: shoes should not slide on wet plastic (for example, linoleum), shoes must not leave marks (try to draw with an edge of the sole on linoleum), shoes should fit your feet, but not too tightly. At that, you should put the shoes on and off easily in a "standing" position by hands without using the "tongue". Your shoes must cover the toes and get dry quickly if watered. In good weather, everyone on the yacht in the cockpit or on the deck sunbathe barefoot, but on a wet deck, when you have to go somewhere quickly or perform some actions, without special shoes, you can easily hurt your fingers. The yacht etiquette does not allow us to go onboard wearing outdoor footwear, especially when it comes to going down to the cabins. When you come to the yacht, we take our shoes off and leave them on the shore or in the cockpit.
You can also take bathing slippers to trample sea urchins – endemic inhabitants of the bottom of the rocky coast of Montenegro :).
- A cap, a sombrero or any other headwear to protect you from the sun and a knitted hat (if cold wind). A bucket hat or a cap should be taken with a rope or fastened to the collar with a clothespin as right on the first day they will be sacrificed to the sea.
- Tinted glasses, better polarized, skiing glasses will be also ok - 2 pcs. (sometimes it happens that one pair is taken by the sea).
Of course, on the sea, the ultraviolet light is not as strong as in the mountains, but we recommend to protect your eyes. It will be better to put glasses on a string that protects the glasses from flying overboard. You'll be able to buy strings nearby.
- Suncream (with spf not less than 15, better 30-50). Even in not very hot weather, the sun rays reflected from the water can strike your skin with severe burns in a very short time.
- Seasickness pills. Practically everyone is more or less seasick. In fact, seasickness can't be called a real disease, but just a normal body reaction to ship motions (more about seasickness). Even though during our coastal passages, every day, yachts stop for nights in bays completely protected from any disturbance, further we can sail for long distances on the open sea. Therefore, it is better to stock up on pills. You should better check the effect of the pills so that they do not cause any unexpected individual reaction such as motor dysfunction or drowsiness.
If you already know what seasickness is, we recommended you to start doing the exercises beforehand to get used to it sooner.
- medicines for your personal needs.
- means to release burning.
We have a standard First Aid Kit on board, but it does not have a panacea, so it will be better if you take with you the pills you usually take. Moreover, most likely, foreign pharmacies will not have the medicines familiar to you. Their names are different, and the prices are stratospheric, while some common medicines may be sold only on prescription.
- Socks – several pairs (one pair of warm socks)
- Light trousers and a shirt for going-out in the evening. You can also take jeans (that used to be "mauvais ton" earlier).
- Yachting gloves for working with ropes (with fingertips cropped, but phalanges securely covered!)
- Toiletries (for bathrooms at moorings), a towel (business class and VIP-class have towels)
- Swimming gear (in desert areas you can swim nude according to the yachting tradition, but at glamorous places it will be better to have your swimming gear with you)
- Aqua shoes (if you want to swim from the wild shore, so that not to get hurt on the rocks and by sea urchins. When swimming from the yacht your will not need aqua shoes).
- Favorite clothes for the shore according to the season
- Casual T-shirts
(ATTENTION: one T-shirt should have long sleeves – for the case you get sunburnt), shorts, we are the children of urban jungle, not accustomed to the sun. That is why, for the very first days on the yacht, take a shirt with thin but long sleeves. In this way your skin will adjust and become hardened to the sun faster than if you would sun it immediately even without suncream. And 2 or 3 days later you will be free to get undressed at your liking without any fear of being sunburnt.
- a warm fleece for night watches
the exact dates of seasonal periodicity in yachting
depends on the country

(in addition to the list above)

- A fleece jacket and trousers
- Sport thermal underwear
- A warm hat (knitted is better), a scarf and gloves
- Warm socks for boots (several pairs)
- A yachting waterproof сoverall and a jacket (Tribord will be the right choice. If you care about image too, then take Musto, Gaastra, Henry Lloyd...)
- Yachting non-slip boots (for walking on deck in the rain and storm)
- Your favorite sleeping bag (comfort +5)

(in addition to the list above)

- thermal underwear (several sets)
- warm hat
- winter sleeping bag (comfort до +5°C)
- waterproof Musto BR2 or analogue
- yachting boots
- a dry bag
- a photo and video camera (otherwise you will regret a lot later)

- mobile phones with 12-volt! car charger. Business class is equipped with conventional chargers for 220V

- take a BULK flash drive or a few flash drives or even a hard drive – at the end of the trip you will exchange your photos and videos with other people and will need a huge a storage media of flash memory – about 32 GB per week.
They usually think that yachting is a tourist extreme in terms of accommodation, and try to bring almost everything, including toilet paper, for the whole journey. Here is the list of what you should definitely leave at home
- plastic wheeled suitcases are enemies of any foreign yachting! Dropping them off among our local friends is a very burdensome and distracting process for us.

- lifejackets (we have them on the yacht)

- mugs, spoons, glasses, plates, bowls, water-heaters

- fishing rods: of course, you can do fishing, but, if desired, on the yacht there are spinners, and tackle boxes are easy and cheap to buy in the nearest store.

- drugs: we do not need these problems, neither do you. It's not Holland, drugs are strictly prohibited on the yacht! – Discovery of any drug (even marijuana) is deemed as an extremely serious incident. So, leave drugs at home if you don't want to learn a local dialect with native speakers for a few years at government expense.

- switchblades and any other kinds of bladed weapon - you will not need it, moreover, you will unlikely pass it across the border.

- an evening gown will be useless. Wealthy yachtsmen generally prefer democratic dress code.

- high heels! For all yachtsmen, heels mean a murder of expensive teak covering of the yacht. They will not pay any attention to your slender legs on heels, and much less invite you to their cabins. So, if you are not going to take over the dancefloor, leave high heels at home.

Things that can be taken, but left at home with the same success:

- flippers, masks, tubes (they are on the yacht, or you can buy them in any store, the question is how to take them there and back)

- inflatable toys, tubes, and lounges (see the previous paragraph, but we don't have them on the yacht)

- personal hygiene products and contraceptives: if you are too lazy to carry them in your bag, just buy them on the spot.

- laptop or iPad, especially for those who can't live without them. In Turkey, in any marine, in any downtrodden village with electricity, there is Wi-Fi with passwords often given for a cup of coffee in local taverns. In Montenegro, you can't expect such a service. But on the yachts with higher comfort level there is built-in onboard Wi-Fi, which will allow you to be in touch with your family while having a night off. If you are not too lazy to schlepp your laptop around – take it then!!!
Advices of our graduate - famous blogger Sergey Vspyshka (Flash) about what to take and carry on a yacht: