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Packing for your Yacht Charter Holiday

Planning your bareboat sailing vacation is great fun and knowing what to pack for travel to the Caribbean is important. Space aboard the boat is limited, so the very best piece of advise I can offer is to travel lightly ... very lightly!

Finding space for hard sided luggage aboard a yacht can be a major challenge. Some of the charter companies don't have room to store luggage, so be prepared to take it with you. Get yourself a duffle bag with wheels. They are easy to handle and very easy to stow. Something like this is terrific, but there are lots more affordable duffle bags available almost anywhere.

While in the BVI, you will live in your bathing suit, t-shirt & shorts. Do not over pack. If you really feel you need foul weather gear, get a 10 gallon garbage bag, cut 2 slits for your arms and one for your head voilá! It rarely rains for more than 5 minutes at a time so why bother with a bulky jacket?

Carry On Bag

If you have read our travel tips section and are already aware of the "Caribbean luggage demon"... then you know to bring a carry on bag with you. Prepare for the worst and hope for the best. Pack an overnight kit with essentials to get you through a 24 to 48 hour period. Anything else you can't do without for a day or 2 ... or anything too valuable to be packed in your checked luggage.

Checked Luggage - Personal Items

Note: Keep shoes to a minimum when travelling. Two or three pairs is all you will need ladies. Shoes take up too much space in your luggage. Bring sandals for the beach, reef shoes if you plan to walk in areas near shore that may be somewhat lumpy and a pair of comfortable shoes to wear in transit. Most people just go barefoot on the boat, but I suppose a good pair of topsiders would be fine and could do double duty for when you are in transit.

Checked Luggage - Handy Items

For the Kids

Please leave items such as crayons, coloured pens and markers at home. We have had a few "Picassos" decorate their cabins in the past. That's an expensive fix mom & dad! :) If you have any suggestions as to how to improve upon our packing list or have handy items to suggest, please drop us a line and let us know!

Last updated: Jun 20th 2016
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