If you are chartering a yacht in the Mediterranean, it’s likely that your packing will reflect the expected weather, just like any other holiday. Hopefully shorts, T shirts, skirts and sunglasses will be packed, but if you are sailing, it’s worth thinking about specifics.
- Suncream is a no brainer; probably factor 30 - 50+
- Sunhat (and spare sunhat)
- Sunglasses (and maybe spare sunglasses!)
- Shorts, T Shirts and a rain jacket
- Deck shoes for the boat - and ordinary shoes for exploring
- Socks, pants and wash kit
- A towel (possibly a travel towel?) - check with the charterer
- A light fleece (and a heavier fleece if colder weather is expected)
- A woolly hat (if you plan to sail overnight)
- Wet weather gear (this is best rented to save weight on your flight)
In addition to these no brainers, the cautious skipper might consider bringing along a handheld GPS, spare batteries, a phone and charger and perhaps a well read pilot book that covers local marinas and anchorages. Pre-planning will help you make the best of your valuable holiday afloat.
Remember to check with the charter company whether bedding and towels are provided. Most will offer a basic victualling option for when you join. Some will shop for you. Make sure the boat has lifejackets, a liferaft, flare pack and TPAs before you leave and always do a proper check before you leave, making sure you have up-to-date charts, almanacs and fuel and water on board, plus a working VHF and gas bottles!
Other extras worth considering for hot climes include;
- A lightweight silk sheet
- A personal fan with clamp for keeping your cabin cool at night
- Some duty free (for when you are safely tied-up alongside)
- A good book
What else do you need, but good company, good weather and your wallet and passport? Perfect!