YOU’VE PLANNED YOUR EAST AFRICA YACHT CHARTER, YOU’VE BOOKED, NOW IT’S TIME TO PACK!
When packing for your East Africa Yacht Charter Holiday, keep in mind that a private yacht charter is vastly different from a holiday resort or a cruise ship vacation. As such, this may affect your usual packing routine. With limited room on board for luggage, packing for a yacht charter may require an element of restraint.
Here are a few tips and tricks to ensure you pack the essentials;
First and foremost it is important to remember that there is often restricted storage space on board a yacht. Therefore please ensure to take soft sided luggage which will be easy to fold away. Pack light and take only duffel bags for instance, which can easily be stored away. Hard suitcases are difficult to store and may even scratch and damage the gelcoat and woodwork.
Light summer clothing including bathing suites, light t-shirts, skirts and shorts are to be expected on board a yacht. Considering the climate of Zanzibar, you are headed for sun, sea and sand so be sure to pack clothes to keep you cool. Consider packing some light trousers & shirts and summer dresses if you intend to eat ashore. Also Kikoi’s are good for onboard the yacht or for the beach. If you’re thinking of taking to the water for some snorkelling or maybe a jet ski ride, a few old t-shirts to keep your skin protected from the sun is a good idea.
Most yachts will ask guests to abide by the “bare feet” rule whilst on board. A good pair of white rubber soled sandals should be ideal when roaming around the deck, though heels can damage the decking and black soled shoes can leave unsightly scuff marks making them an absolute no-no. Land shoes are fine for venturing ashore though remember to take them off as soon as you step back on board.
Sunglasses, headwear and a high factor sun screen are absolute essentials when exposed to the sun, particularly if you intend to sun lounge for the best part of an afternoon. A good book or two, a personal music player such as an iPod and of course a camera are also necessities.
- Leave your valuables at home, particularly things which are not waterproof.
- Pack light, you may find you wear half the clothes you pack.
- Leave room for souvenirs or pack an extra foldable bag for items you purchase while you’re away.
- It is not uncommon for the wind to claim your hat, pack more than one.
- Take essentials such as camera batteries, in non-touristy areas these things may be hard to find.
- A high factor sun screen.
- A waterproof, durable camera case.
- Travel documents and charter contracts.
- Passport and Visa documents.
- Prescriptions or seasickness medication (if applicable).
- Own scuba/snorkel equipment should you be prefer to use your own.
- A hat.