One of the requests we had recently was to provide a "packing list" for your break into the superyacht industry - a great idea! If you read your guides, you know the exact steps you have to take to get your first job - starting with your move to crew housing in Florida and earning your certification! Standard routine is for greenies to stay in their crew house the weeks following their STCW and embark on their job hunt. If you read your guides, you ALSO know you'll have to pack your entire life into ONE suitcase and perhaps a duffel/carry on. Boat storage space is limited so you can't show up with a lot of belongings. I know this seems daunting, but don't worry, we're here to help :) .
A few things to remember:
When you get crewed on a yacht, you move on board and the boat nearly always provides your work uniform, towels/bed linens, and basic toiletries.
Most yachting itineraries follow summer weather, so plan for that when you’re prioritizing what to pack.
Laundry is completed daily or almost daily on superyachts, so you don’t need to bring a huge amount of clothing with you.
Most yacht crew are outgoing and enjoy a variety of activities in their downtime, so cater the below lists to your own personal lifestyle and interests.
Limit Luggage To:
1x Large Luggage Piece – Preferably Soft Case/Bag to take up less boat storage
1x Carry On/Duffel
1x Personal Item - Purse, tote, backpack, etc
Quality Flip Flops or Sperry Boat Shoes (flip flops are more common amongst crew)
Shoes to go out in – wedges, heels, nice sandals etc
For Interviews/Daywork - (see your Interview Prep Guide for more specifics)
1-2 White Polos/Button Ups for Interviews & Daywork
1-2 Khaki Bottoms (Skort/Shorts) for Interviews & Daywork (can purchase at yacht outfitters in Fort Lauderdale, but they’re quite pricey) Ladies - not too short!
Every Day Personal Clothing Preferences - (again, plan for warm weather)
**Remember your every day uniform will be provided by the boat, so pack whatever you'd normally wear in the summer months. Also consider some nicer outfit options for dinners and evenings out with your crew**
Swim Suit(s) & coverups/beachwear
Light Rain Jacket/Windbreaker
Skirts (if applicable)
Dresses (if applicable)
1-2 Pairs of Jeans/Pants for chillier weather
1-2 Sweaters/Jackets for chillier weather
Underwear/Bras - (Ladies - be sure to have a few nude-colored options - lots of yacht uniform tops are thin white fabric)
Work Out Gear if applicable :
Athletic bottoms & tops
Travel Yoga Mat
Sunglasses - we recommend a polarized pair to protect from the ocean sun glare
Compact Umbrella - lots of afternoon rain showers in FL
Jewelry (if applicable - look for nice compact jewelry wallet case for easy storage)
Make Up (if applicable)
Prescriptions if applicable (collect in bulk – ask your doctor to prescribe 3-6 months upfront so you don’t have to worry about refills once you get work)
Hair Ties/Pins/Accessories (if applicable)
Cell Phone – be sure to know your provider’s international plans and be ready to commit if you get hired onto a boat leaving the country
Jambox or other portable speaker
Hat/Cap for sunny days
Kindle/Tablet to store books/reading material - Kindle paperwhite is great for beach days :)
Pre-Print CVs & Business Cards and bring in folder (can do in FTL as well)
Ladies - Light Bath Robe/Dressing Gown
Go-pro or similar
Your T&T Superyacht Guidebook <3
If you're flying, here are some bulky items you may want to wait to buy in FL:
Toiletries for Crew House - Shampoo, Conditioner, Wash, Razors, Etc
Sunscreen & bug spray
Bulky skin care products
Over the counter vitamin/supplement preferences
Hair Styling Products (Ladies - Dry Shampoo will be your best friend!)
Happy Packing! <3L