Welcome sailor! You’re about to embark on a high-seas adventure! Soon, you’ll be sailing along blue waters, soaking in the tropical sun, listening to the waves – the true picture of paradise. But first, you have to pack!
What do you bring on a sailing trip to the Bahamas?
First, I want to go over the ‘obvious’ packing items, just in case they aren’t that obvious. This list includes your passport, toiletries, swimsuits, cover-ups, loungewear, sandals. When it comes to clothing, anything light, breathable, comfortable, and casual will do. Remember you’re on a boat in the middle of the ocean, not a 5-Star restaurant. Even if you do dock for lunch or dinner, sundresses for the ladies and shorts with a linen shirt for guys will do. The Caribbean is hot, so dress accordingly.
Now that we’ve gone over the basics, what other miscellaneous but essential items should you bring? Here’s everything I brought with me during my sailing trip to the Exuma, Bahamas with The Moorings Yacht Charters.
Dufflebag or Travel Backpack
What you pack is almost as important as what you pack it in.
While boats range in size, most rooms are not equipt to store a carry-on bag or anything larger. The best thing you can do is pack everything in a duffle bag or backpack that is easy to fold up.
The bag I use and would recommend is the Osprey Porter 46 Travel Backpack. It has a ton of room (46 Litres to be exact), and it comes with a hip belt and adjustable sternum strap so you can comfortably carry it while you travel. The Osprey Backpack is the same one my husband and I used during our hikes to Havasupai Falls and on the Inca Trail to Machu Picchu.
Many Caribbean islands are made up of from dead coral. Some islands don’t even have beaches, just sharp rocks that will tear up your feet. So if you’re hoping to explore these uninhabited islands by land, definitely pack water shoes. They’ll give you the freedom to roam around on any of the islands you come across.
If you think you can wear sandals, don’t. I promise rocks are sharp enough to pierce the soles of flip flops.
The shoes I use are Dreamcity Water Shoes. They’re breathable, lightweight, and have rubber soles – perfect for exploring a rocky Caribbean island.
Waterproof Cellphone Pouch
‘Pictures or it didn’t happen,’ right? Well, documenting your trip might be tricky considering most activities in the Bahamas require getting wet. And you certainly do not want to ruin your electronics.
The solution: A waterproof pouch for your cellphone! Specifically, the Mpow 097 Universal Waterproof Case.
You might be a little skeptical if they work, but 89% of buyers gave it a 3-star review or higher. However, you should always test any ‘waterproof’ pouch before totally submerging any electronic into the water.
Another excellent option for those who want to take their underwater photography skills to the next level the Yi 4k+ action camera with a waterproof case! This is my preferred camera equipment for any water-related activities since the quality for both video and photos are always amazing.
If you’re interested in learning more about my travel photography equipment, feel free to check out my post on “Essential Travel Photography Gear | What’s In My Camera Bag.”
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– Angie xoxo