Yacht Charter: Tips For Traveling With Children

A yacht charter can be a great option for those who want to experience traveling the open seas on a yacht without the commitment and long-term expense of owning one. When it comes to yacht charters, you basically have two options: crewed (comes with staff to navigate the boat) and bareboat (you'll be responsible for operating the boat). Whichever you choose, the fact remains that there are some tips you'll need to keep in mind if you plan on traveling on a yacht with children.

Keep Them Hydrated

First of all, don't make the common mistakes of under-packing in terms of food and beverages. Even if you're only planning on taking the yacht out for a couple of days, you should pack a week's worth of food and water--just to be safe. Keeping kids hydrated while aboard a yacht is important, as they will likely be running around and will become quickly dehydrated if on deck and exposed to the sun for extended periods of time. Get each child on the trip a no-spill water canister and keep track of how much water each child has consumed while on board.

Get Them Involved

While operating a yacht is a rather complicated job, certainly there are some situations in which even small children can feel like they're helping to run the boat. If you've hired a crewed charter, ask them ahead of time if they will allow your child to take part in any of the procedures. If you're navigating the yacht yourself, consider letting your child sit in your lap and have his or her hands on the steering wheel as you guide. These little moments can make all the difference in your child's enjoyment of the trip.

Break in Life Jackets

Finally, even though your yacht charter should come equipped with life jackets and other safety gear, it's in your best interest to purchase your own life vests for your child ahead of time. Let your child pick his or hers out, and wear them at home in the days before the trip. This way, you can adjust any problem areas (such as a vest that's too loose and thus causing chafing). This will make for a more enjoyable experience for both you and your children. Oh, and be sure to set a good example for your children by wearing your own life vest at all times while on the yacht. To learn more, contact a business like Dayle Reimer.