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Sailing Through the BVI: What to Take With You

by Maia Muttoo May 13, 2019

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It’s a well-known fact that the British Virgin Islands are best toured by sea. If you’re planning to head off on a sailing adventure through the BVI, you may be wondering what to bring with you.

Here’s what to pack for a BVI sailing trip.


  • Cover-ups.
  • A windbreaker, scarf or sarong for cooler nights.
  • Light-weight sandals or flip-flops.
  • Reef shoes.
  • Sun protection: a hat and polarised sunglasses.



  • Waterproof pouches to keep important items dry. Choose reusable flat pouches over single-use plastic bags.
  • A flashlight and batteries for seeing at night or in the cabin.
  • Snorkelling gear.
  • Guidebooks, maps, and a GPS if self-navigating.
  • A first-aid kit with any prescription medicines. Charter boats will usually be equipped with the essentials.
  • Reef-safe, chemical-free sunscreen.
  • Mini versions of personal toiletries. Dry shampoo helps when showers are few and far between.
  • A towel.


What to put it all in

  • A soft-sided duffle bag or backpack. Space is limited onboard, and hard suitcases are difficult to store.
  • A fanny pack or small daypack for carrying money or other essentials ashore.


What to leave behind

  • Jeans, sneakers, high heels or other bulky clothing.
  • Large or hard-sided luggage.
  • Make-up. Much of your time will be spent in the heat or in water.
  • Excessive jewellery.


Enjoy the beautiful BVI by sea. Pack smart and happy sailing!

Sources: Travel Fashion Girl, Latitudes, VI Sailing, Ordinary Traveler, and Cruising Sea.