So you've decided to embark on a Greek yacht charter for your next holiday. We're sure you're excited, so here are a few hints from us to help ensure that you make the most of your experience.

Steps to Planning

A yacht charter holiday can be an amasing experience, but it will take a little more planning than the average hotel-based trip. A few things to remember are:

  1. Start planning your journey at least six months in advance, or preferably longer to make sure you have all of the time you need to consider all of your options.
  2. Think about who is going on the holiday and what they are looking to get out of it. Children will want and need very different things to a group of older adults looking for rest and relaxation.
  3. Do you need a full crew, just a skipper and a chef or are you planning on crewing yourselves?

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What to Pack

Although you might not think it will be much different, there are a few changes to consider from the things that you would take on any other holiday.

  1. Travel documents. Just as with any other overseas holiday, these are a must and include passports, flight tickets, cash, travellers'cheques, credit/debit cards, insurance details and so on.
  2. Soft-sided luggage. Suitcases are a big no-no on board yachts as space is at such a premium, so holdalls are the best way to pack your belongings because they can be folded and packed away when you're not using them.
  3. No matter what you may imagine, going barefoot on a yacht is not a safe idea. There are many sharp edges and other hasards that make shoes a must. In fact, you'll need to pack two or three pairs: something soft and comfortable to wear on board, water shoes for diving or swimming and street shoes for wearing on-shore.
  4. Bathing suits. You'll be wanting to go swimming, but it's important also to pack some lightweight clothing to cover up in case it gets cool in the evenings.
  5. Sunscreen and hats. You will struggle to find any shade on your yacht, so these are a real must.
  6. Ear plugs. Taking a luxury yacht charter in Greece means there are very few places where you can get away from the people you're holidaying with. If there's someone who snores, or if you just need to get an early night, then ear plugs are a real bonus.
  7. Medication. When you're at sea, you can't pop down to the pharmacy to get your prescription refilled. Make sure that you have enough medication to last for the whole time that you are away as well as copies of your prescription and any other information you may need in case you need to get hold of supplies while you're away.

One other tip: when packing your clothes or storing them away on the yacht, roll them tightly rather than folding them. Not only will it save space, it will prevent them from creasing and crinkling.