Are you yacht crew wondering what to include on your packing list for your first job?

There are few jobs quite like working on a yacht. When your job is your lifestyle, your colleagues are sleeping in a bunk next to you and you’re working for some of the wealthiest people in the world it makes for a unique experience. When preparing for your first yacht crew job, it might be tempting to bring everything you own with you, however, this is a guaranteed way to get on the wrong side of your crew-mates. Personal space on yachts is limited so you don’t want to be cluttering up the already-tight crew areas.

The team from Wilson Halligan are sharing with us their handy guide on what to pack for your first yacht job. From the essentials to personal extras, this guide will help you cut the clutter and focus on what you really need.

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So, what should I pack for my first yacht job? 

This is a question we get asked all the time by green crew so we thought we would make life easy for you with our go-to list!  

Start by choosing the lightest suitcase you can find. A hard, square-type suitcase is not going to win you any immediate friends as they are a mission for onboard storage. A collapsible bag with wheels is the way forward, so it can be easily stored onboard.   

The Essentials:  

  • Passport
  • ALL yachting certificates (originals)
  • Drivers License/ID
  • Medication

The Basics :


  • Flip flops because no yachtie could ever live without a pair!   
  • Smart shoes for going out.  
  • Trainers if you fancy hitting the gym or going for a run.  


  • Casual Clothes: Shorts , Jeans, T-shirts.  
  • Going out outfits – Dress / Nice tops / Shirts / Formal Trousers  
  • Workout clothes  
  • Comfies – PJ’s/ trackies  
  • Underwear  
  • Swimwear  

Tip: Only pack a couple of each. You will have you will have plenty of chance to buy new clothes once you get that first pay check (and also depending on the yacht will be spending a LOT of time in uniform!)  


  • Toiletries (travel size)*  
  • Makeup   
  • Hair products (brush/elastics /bobby pins)   

*Once you are onboard, many of your day-to-day toiletries will be supplied. Therefore, bring small travel-size versions of these to tide you over. 


  • World Travel Adaptor  
  • Mobile phone (be sure to do your research on the best provider for international roaming)  
  • Kindle/eBook  
  • Laptop/iPad  
  • Camera  
  • Headphones  

Tip: download books or movies before you leave your strong land internet connection-you’ll be surprised at how slow the internet can be on some superyachts, and captains may also restrict your access to preserve bandwidth for the guests. 

Personal Extras 

  • Sentimental photos for cabin Laptop/iPad  
  • Favourite tea bags from home  
  • Small portable speaker  
  • Sunglasses
  • Yoga mat for all those yogis out there!  

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