How to prepare for your Crewed Charter Yacht Vacation in the BVI (2023)
Part 1 – Packing
What’s the best way to pack for your crewed charter yacht vacation in the British Virgin Islands? Pack light!
Packing for a crewed charter yacht vacation in the British Virgin Islands requires some careful consideration to ensure you have everything you need while keeping your luggage compact. Here are some tips to help you pack efficiently:
Lightweight luggage: Opt for soft-sided, collapsible bags or duffel bags that can be easily stored on the yacht. Hard-shell suitcases can be cumbersome and take up unnecessary space. Pack then take OUT half of your clothes and shoes!!
Casual and comfortable clothing: Pack lightweight and breathable clothing suitable for the tropical climate. Include swimsuits, cover-ups, shorts, T-shirts, lightweight pants, and sundresses. Don’t forget a wide-brimmed hat and comfortable walking shoes.
Beach essentials: Since you’ll be spending a significant amount of time on the beautiful beaches, pack flip-flops, water shoes, and snorkeling gear if you have your own. However, most charter yachts provide basic snorkeling equipment.
Light layers: Evenings can get breezy, so pack a light sweater or jacket for cooler nights. Also, include a waterproof jacket or windbreaker for unexpected rain showers or ocean spray.
For a typical 7day charter you would need 2 or 3 swimsuits, t-shirts and shorts, a pair of casual long pants or dress for going ashore to eat or shop. You will only need flip flops, sandals, or boat shoes (no dark soles allowed) or shoes to go ashore in.
Onboard you will not wear shoes. Remember, clothes can get wet or splashed so leave your treasured t-shirt or hat at home. A cover-up is essential. While on-board, swimsuits are OK, but when ashore some places request more modesty and so cover-ups will be required. Your Charter Captain and Crew will advise as you sail around the islands.
Remember you are going sailing so it is quite likely that your hats will fly overboard, so bring at least 2 or invest in a clip to secure it to back of your shirts. Bring a sweatshirt and light raincoat for cooler evenings and choppy seas in the dinghy. This is going to be the most relaxing and laid-back vacation ever.
Sun protection: The Caribbean sun can be intense, so pack sunscreen with a high SPF, lip balm with UV protection, and after-sun lotion. It’s better to bring your own to ensure you have the right type and enough quantity. Yachts do not allow oils so bring only creams.
Personal toiletries: While some charter yachts provide basic toiletries, it’s a good idea to pack your favourite brands, medications, and any specific personal care items you require.
Electronics and entertainment: Bring your smartphone, camera, e-reader, or any other electronics you wish to use during the trip. Ensure you have the necessary chargers and adapters for international outlets. PLUS, waterproof casing if taking ashore.
Make sure you bring all your personal medications, allergies pills and antihistamines. If you have a prescription, bring that too. Plus, bug fee repellent just in case. Extra contact lenses, sunglasses, and regular glasses anything that will make your life comfortable, and you cannot live without.