Yacht Crew and Cruise Packing Checklist

  Below is a yacht and cruise packing checklist for girls who are aspiring yachties or cruise crew members.   There are also tips and tricks for several other packing categories and organization such as packing cubes and accessories, luggage, clothing, toiletries and make-up, cabin organization accessories, and additional yacht crew necessities.  I’m a total diva so I tend to pack on the heavier side, these are merely suggestions.

Be sure to read the full Guide to Getting a Job on a Yacht

As well as The Yacht Crew Beginner’s Training Guide



Packing Suggestions:

  1. Large Suitcase or Backpack
    • I recommend suitcase over a back pack.
  2. Smaller Backpack or Daypack
    • Waterproof is ideal
  3. Hanging Toiletry Bag
  4. Clear Make Up Bag
  5. Hanging Garment Bag
  6. Packing Cubes
  7. Mesh Hanging Closet Organizer


Large Suitcase or Backpack Packing Suggestions:

I love these packing cubes for organizing my clothes within the suitcase.  I separate tops, bottoms, toiletries, shoes, etc. in a different cube.


  1. Comfortable Versatile Active Wear
    • 2 Leggings of different lengths
    • 2 Athletic tops, polyester, nylon, or quick-dry material
    • 2 Padded sports bras, natural color is best
    • 1-2 Comfortable workout shorts, loose fitting + built in undies
    • 2 pairs of khaki shorts, good for day working jobs
    • 1-2 Collared shirts for interviews and day work
    • 4-5 cute outfits for casual and/or fancy outings
    • 4-5 pairs undies, comfortable and natural colored
    • 3-5 pairs of socks
    • 2 bathing suits
    • 1-2 bathing suit cover ups
    • 1 Sarong
    • 1 visor or hat
    • 1 pair of heels, neutral colored
    • 1 pair of athletic shoes
    • 1-2 pairs of sandals
    • 1 neutral colored hoodie, water resistant or rain jacket is a plus


Toiletries & Makeup:

I always pack my toiletries and makeup in:

  1. Hanging Toiletry Bag w/ (at least) 3 Compartments for:
    • Typical Morning and Night Supplies
    • Post Shower Supplies
    • Shower Supplies
  2. Clear Makeup Bag+ Makeup Brush Holder

Hanging Toiletry Bag


*Click Here* For a more detailed post + pics about packing toiletries and make-up.

In Compartment #1:

Typical Morning and Night Supplies: I separate these things into their own ziplock bags.

In ziplock bag #1:

  1. Toothbrush + Cover
  2. Toothpaste + Mouthwash
  3. Floss
  4. Chapstick
  5. Emergency Tampons

In ziplock bag #2:

  1. Assortment of Sunscreen (face, body)  (BC or Trader Joes)

In Ziplock bag #3

  1. Face Cleansing Towlettes
  2. Baby Wipes

In Compartment #2:

Post Shower Supplies:

  1. Skin Care
  2. Body Lotion
  3. Leave-in Conditioner
  4. Hair gel
  5. Extra clips/rubber bands

In Compartment #3

Shower Supplies: (all in one large ziplock bag)

  1. Microfiber Towel
  2. Face Cleansing Towels
  3. Face Wash
  4. Hair Shampoo + Conditioner
  5. Hair Brush
  6. Soap / Body Wash
  7. Razor


Makeup Bag

  1. Makeup Brush Organizer
  2. Natural Makeup Products
  3. Tweezers
  4. Eye Pencil Sharpeners
  5. Extra Hair Clips and Hairbands


Additional Gear

*Most of this stuff can fit in your smaller backpack.

    • 2 pairs polarized sunnies, reflective lenses are my fav.
    • 2 croakies
    • 1 waterproof case for iphone
    • 1 armband for iphone
    • 1 wristlet type purse
    • Hairbands and Clips
  • Useful Electronics and Gadgets
    • Portable battery pack
    • Bluetooth Wireless Headphones
    • Multi- USB charger
    • Multi USB cord
    • Digital Camera
    • Computer or Tablet
    • Portable Speakers
    • Extra Chargers
    • Headlamp or Flashlight


Organizational Gear

*These are useful to have once you have gotten hired and are moving onto the boat.  You can wait and purchase these items until then if luggage space is an issue.

  1. Bathroom Organization
    • Acrylic Organizers for makeup and toiletries
    • Shower Caddy
  2. Closet Organization
    • Versatile Hangers
    • Cascading Hangers
    • Hanging Clothes Separator
    • Small Plastic Drawers, stackable
    • Office Type Drawer Divider/ Organizer

I hope this was helpful! Please comment below with input and questions and be sure to share this article and subscribe to our newsletter!

If you are interested in what it’s like to work on a yacht, here is a detailed list of Yacht Jobs Descriptions for Stews and Deckhands