What to Wear as a Superyacht Nanny Whilst Working Onboard

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Hi, I'm Ella, and with over nine years of experience in yachting, seven of which have been spent as a superyacht nanny, I've learned a thing or two about what to wear while on the job. Let's dive into the wardrobe essentials for navigating the high seas of childcare in style.

As a freelance nanny, you will sometimes be requested to wear the yacht’s uniform, but the majority of roles require you to wear your own work clothes. Personally, I find crew uniform to be a mixed bag. While it saves me the hassle of selecting daily outfits, it can also draw unwanted attention during land excursions with the little ones.


When it comes to your own wardrobe, comfort and practicality are key. Opt for clothes that allow easy movement, as you'll likely be engaging in all sorts of activities with the kids. It’s best to avoid skirts and dresses as its often windy – we don’t want any wardrobe malfunctions!


While your attire should be appropriate for the yacht setting, it doesn't need to match the level of formality of guests. Keep it smart and presentable, with an emphasis on practicality. I find a linen shirt with not-short shorts or a tailored top with summer trousers to be great options.

As you cannot wear outside shoes onboard – it will damage the teak and interior floorings, you can either opt to go barefoot onboard or wear shoes with pale soles (that haven’t been worn outside).


Let's not forget swimwear – it needs to be modest and you need to be confident you can go down slides and play ‘ministry of silly jumps” without a hitch. I also love wearing a rash vest (SPF one) as I am often out on the water for hours each day and I will end up looking like a lobster!


For those seeking more guidance on what to pack, I've got you covered. Download my packing list for a comprehensive guide tailored specifically for superyacht nannies. It includes all the essentials you'll need to stay comfortable and prepared while on duty.


So, whether you're a seasoned nanny or setting sail on your first yachting adventure, remember that what

you wear plays a crucial role in your comfort and confidence onboard!

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