The big question when planning your charter yacht vacation is – “What do I have to bring”
You will have to make a list and we can make this easy for you!
The first tip to packing is not to pack too much. Trust us, you will need far less than you think.
Remember that storage onboard yachts are usually limited, and it is not easy to store large hard suitcases. Strong medium sized rolling soft bags are great and are easily stored on airplanes.
Bring also a small bag or backpack for your valuables such as phones, tablets, charging cables, medicine for more than you need and your travel documents.
Most yachts will provide a range of amenities and extras, so please check with the crew before you arrive that you do not have to bring unnecessary items. This allows you to arrive carefree, knowing that you can travel as light as possible. The most important items to remember are your travel documents (Covid and entry protocols) and passports. Customs and Immigration would like to see you leave after your wonderful stay in the Caribbean, so flight tickets booked back home is essential. Ensure that your passport is valid and up to date and that it will not expire whilst on your vacation in paradise. Keep a photo copy on your phone in case your passport is lost.
The temperature ranges from around 75f to 85f in winter and around 85f to 95f in summer. So you would probably spend more time in your swimsuit, shorts, and T-shirts with flip flops.
Shoes are not worn on boats, and being barefoot adds to the island-style feeling. Water shoes/flip-flops are also great for wading in shallow water on trails. For hiking ashore or for those who like running, bring a pair of sneakers and socks. We recommend casual and comfortable attire onboard, and if you want to dress up a little for dinner ashore or a little dancing with local entertainment, something a little more stylish may be in order. A light sweater and cover-up are recommended for cooler nights. Hats (not expensive, as they may blow overboard) or baseball caps help keep the sun off your face.
Your camera should definitely be on your list as you would want to share those great memories later on social media or print the photos later to show everyone what a great vacation you had. If you have an underwater camera or video, bring that as you may just get to take a few stunning underwater photos of the beautiful creatures of the Caribbean Sea.
A second skin long sleeve swim shirt comes in handy when the water is cooler and if you want, bring your light wetsuit. You will find fresh towels and beach towels onboard. Some even give you a monogrammed water tumbler which you can refill and take home with you.
Sunscreen is a must. Most boats offer reef-safe sunscreen, shampoo, conditioners, robes and make-up removing towels. You may bring your own sun protection, but please do not use the spray on type as they will stain furniture and towels.Please bring only non-spray sunscreen as it often stains towels and decks orange because of ingredients. “Reef friendly” sunscreen is preferred as it does not impact ocean reefs. Check with your crew prior to departure, they may provide some. Lip balm and after sun lotion is also recommended.
Sunglasses help with glare and good eye-care from the strong sun.
Motion sickness is not common on catamarans, but if you are prone to motion sickness, bring wrist bands, ear pads, or Dramamine tablets.
Bug spray is provided by most boats, but you may bring your own small favorite brand if you prefer. Remember to check this item in your luggage as it may not be carried on the plane.
You may want to walk or hike ashore and a small backpack/dry bag comes in very handy to carry bottled water, sunscreen, and gifts purchased on your island tour. Bring a few extra plastic zip bags to protect your clothing from liquids or damp clothing in your checked luggage.
Well, that should help, please feel free to contact us if you have suggestions for other excited guests ready to embark on a vacation of a lifetime with Epic Yacht Charters.
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