Ariel’s Packing Guide: Week on a Yacht

Let’s start with the good news: In three days I am heading out to Croatia to fulfill my lifelong dream of becoming a 21st century mermaid. That’s right – I’m going party yachting for a full week! 

The bad news is that I’ve never been on a yacht – it’s a tough life I lead, I know – so the idea of packing for my upcoming trip is a little daunting. Sure, I tried stalking pictures of complete strangers viewing photos of fellow party yachting enthusiasts for educational purposes, but I’m still a little clueless. Luckily, one of them has reached out to me and offered her help. Let me introduce you to accomplished marine biologist and seashell bikini enthusiast, Ariel!

Me: Hi Ariel, thanks for taking the time out of your busy schedule to talk to me, I really appreciate it. How have you been?

Ariel: Hi Sabina, thanks for having me. Things have been a little stressful lately – Eric and I are finalising our divorce and Melody’s just gone off to college. I can’t believe I traded my voice for that loser! Oh, the things you do for love when you’re 16! Anyway, let’s talk about the things that matter – sailing and clothes.

Me: Ehhh, sure. What are the basic essentials any girl should bring with her on a yachting holiday?

Ariel: Stylish bikinis are obviously a must. You’re practically going to be living in them and often wearing them instead of underwear, so bring a good variety. My purple seashell bikini may be iconic, but all the other Disney princesses laugh at me for never changing out of it. You could say they’re shallow bitches, but they might have a point so I’d recommend bringing up to seven pairs of bikinis for a week of party yachting.
Don’t forget to bring a few loose tops, shorts and skirts to cover up during the day as well. If you make sure that all your tops and bottoms match, you will be able to create new exciting outfits every day.

Me: What about going out? I plan on going to loads of clubs and bars while I’m in Croatia!

Ariel: You should definitely pack a couple flowy, lightweight dresses – the brighter the better. No matter how good your butt looks in them, leave all your tight bodycons at home though – it’ll be far too hot to wear those!

Never underestimate the power of accessories – your wardrobe will be a little limited, but interesting jewellery will liven up any outfit without taking up much space in your luggage. Speaking of luggage, don’t bring a hard suitcase as it might destroy the yacht. Pack all your belongings in a soft zipper bag instead!

Make sure you also pack one or two little clutches to take with you on a night out and a bigger bag for transporting your things to the beach, in case you decide to jump ship.

Me: Good one, Ariel! [Not really, but I hear you’re supposed to pander to VIPs.] I’m a little worried about my hair though. How do you keep yours so shiny?

Ariel: Honestly, the animators from Disney were a little generous. Dyed red hair could never look this healthy after being exposed to sea water and sun rays on a daily basis! But here is what you can do to keep your hair in good condition – condition! [Seriously, you’d expect better jokes from somebody this famous.] I like products with argan or olive oil, because they nourish your hair and keep it shiny. I also recommend you get yourself a UV protection spray for your locks.

Don’t forget to bring a hat to protect yourself from the sun – but take one that sits tightly on your head, otherwise it will just fly away as you sail.

Make sure you take good care of your skin as well – pack some sunscreen with a high UV factor (30 SPF might be a good idea). Personally, I like the dry oils from Piz Buin and the face creams from Vichy. Finally, bring a bottle of Panthenol and aloe vera gel – both have a nice cooling effect, which will help if you start resembling my lobster friend Sebastian.

Me: What about makeup? I don’t want to bring my entire beauty arsenal, but can’t imagine partying bare-faced!

Ariel: I know what you mean – people are constantly taking photos of one another on these crazy holidays and who wants a profile picture sans foundation? I’d recommend buying a waterproof mascara, eyeliner and – if you must – eyeshadow. Other than that, keep it toned down unless you want to sweat it all off and look like a crying panda. A colourful nail polish might be a good idea as well, but keep in mind it will chip fast.

Me: Fantastic advice, Ariel! Thanks a lot!

Well, that was… something. It bears pointing out that I was fully sober when I came up with the idea for this post. Is it normal that I just spent two hours writing a mock interview with a fictional character when I could have been out doing whatever it is that sane people do? Wait, don’t answer that. Or maybe do, but only if you can offer me free psychotherapy sessions.

Packing List


  • 7x bikini
  • 5x shorts & skirts
  • 5x tops & blouses
  • 4x dresses
  • 1x light sweater or waterproof jacket
  • 5x underwear (you’ll most be wearing bikinis)


  • 1x flat shoes (boat shoes preferrable)
  • 1x flip flops
  • 1x tennis shoes or ballerinas
  • 1x cute sandals (or wedges if you absolutely must)
  • 2x hats
  • 1x light scarf (you never know!)
  • 2x sunglasses
  • 1-2x clutch
  • 1x beach bag
  • necklaces, earrings and bracelets
  • something crazy (yes, that’s a police hat in the photo below and yes, I’m totally bringing it with me)

  • shampoo
  • conditioner
  • shower gel
  • toothbrush & toothpaste
  • deodorant
  • SPF 20-30 sunscreen
  • face cream with sunscreen
  • lip balm with UV protection
  • hair protecting spray with UV
  • razor
  • waterproof mascara
  • waterproof eyeliner
  • bronzer
  • brow pencil
  • sheer lipstick (less is more on the sea!)
Waterproof case for iPhone 5s.


  • camera (GoPro would be ideal!)
  • waterproof case for iPhone
  • Kindle (only maybe!)
  • chargers & adapters
  • 1x towel
  • hair ties
  • motion sickness medicine
  • Ibuprofene or Paracetamol
  • earplugs (party yachts are loud!)
  • 1x book (trust me – you won’t spend your free time reading)
  • deck of cards (for drinking games and making friends, woo!)

What are your party yachting essentials? Did you find Ariel’s advice useful? If you did, that’s great and all the credit goes to me for asking the right questions. If you didn’t you can totally say so without hurting my feelings – it’s definitely Ariel’s fault and I will never interview her again.

  • This is a good list! We over packed for our week on a yacht this June, when we went to learn how to sail – I have my own theory – the things start to grow when you travel, they do behave nice when you are at home and lying them around when packing but then – it is always too much!!! I am going to Corfu in September and I have deliberately decided on hand baggage only – must pack regardless if I can or not put my things into hand- baggage! This is going to be a challange but perhaps I will finally learn how to pack light!