Creature comforts for yachties: What to take from home
Written by Grace Hoskins
When you’re heading to a new port in search of your first job on board a superyacht, you may be worried about missing some of your favourite things from home. With thanks to Angela Orecchio, yacht stewardess and well-known Savvy Stewardess blogger, read tips on what to take from home to ease those home-sickness pangs.
What to take and what to leave
While you obviously can’t take everything from home, taking one or two items that reminds you of home can make the struggle of missing the mother-land that little bit easier.
On days when you miss your creature comforts, or when you’re just plain tired after long days of working, these items can be a complete source of relief and joy. Quite frankly, a god send.
In addition to comforts, it’s also a good idea to take a few practical things as well. This ensures that you’re not left without communication right away, or the ability to get out and stretch your legs after a long flight.
To take or not to take… That is the question
Bringing a large, heavy bag on board does not create a good first impression with your crew mates, and may not even be allowed if there isn’t a large storage area. Ideally, you should find a small to medium sized collapsible bag that can be flattened when stored. In this bag, only pack the essentials and a few small comforts from home. Don’t forget, you’ll be supplied with crew uniform, bedding and food throughout your time on board.
When reaching out to yacht crew on forums on what they couldn’t live without from home, suggestions included:
- Postcards and photos from home to hang in your cabin
- Your favourite pillowcase, pillow or small blanket
- Personal coffee mug. Some chief stewardesses may provide you with your own mug to help you feel welcome
- Photos of friends and family
- Notes and cards from friends and family
- Tea bags! Tea tastes so different in every corner of the world and there’s nothing quite like a home brew
- A small condiment or treat. South African crew said Mrs Ball’s chutney was their main choice and cheddar cheese from the Brits. You won’t realise how much you’ll miss these home comforts
You can leave your *practical* hat on
On those spare few minutes where you can sit down and chill out, you might thank yourself for taking the following items:
- Laptop, tablet or iPad. It’s an expensive trip home to pick these up if you forget!
- Multi-use plug. We all know just how tightly packed in the crew quarters are, now imagine trying to find a plug socket! Take a multi-use plug so there are enough sockets to go round and you’re never short.
- E-reader. A Kindle or other similar reader will be a massive space saver compared to taking a physical book
- Small portable Bluetooth speakers. According to crew, this is an absolute must and will take up barely any room.
It’s called fashion, darling
A bit of glamour may just make you feel a little bit more ‘with-it’ after a long charter season or after a demanding owner has been on board. Slapping on a bit of make-up and putting your best heels on (not on board obviously, dents in the teak will not be appreciated), or even finding your jogging shoes and your favourite sweater could make the world of difference.
- One pair of high heels
- Favourite sweater
- Pieces of jewellery
- Jogging shoes for when you need to stretch your legs
- Resistance training bands
- Skipping rope
- Travel yoga mat that folds small or Yoga Toes. Check out Yoga Toes, these unusual looking items provide instant refreshment for overworked feet
- Pocket yoga cards
Download ready on your laptop
Do you ever hear a song that reminds you of a fond memory? Or a favourite film that brings up remembrances of home? Stored on your laptop, they won’t take up any extra space. Ensure you’ve updated your laptop, iPad or tablet with the following:
- Favourite movies
- Fitness videos
- A music playlist
If some items you can’t live without are too big to bring, do your research ahead of time and find out if it can be purchased in port. As the yachting community is so large in certain areas, shops such as Publix, on 17th Street in Fort Lauderdale, and Geoffreys in Antibes, stock an abundance of international products.
Publix for example, stock Mrs Ball’s chutney, rooibos tea, Vegemite, Marmite and Ceres juice boxes. Geoffreys in Antibes stock the most popular English and South African products, so definitely one to remember.
If you would like to recommend any creature comforts you could not live without whilst on board, email them to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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