Sailing Through the BVI: What to Take With You
by Maia Muttoo May 13, 2019
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.
- 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!