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Packing For Paradise

Forget bringing anything but these few essentials.

November 13, 2009
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Congratulations. You’ve booked your bareboat charter and you’re counting down the days. There are a few things you’ll want to consider when you pack for your trip, so here are our tips.

You’ll want the obvious, of course: shorts, t-shirts, bathing suits. If you’re going to the BVI, remember that the cool breezes can easily make you forget just how hot that sun is! Bring some good sunblock, with a minimum SPF of 15, beach cover-ups, and hats. Sunglasses with polarized lessons are also a good idea.

Most of the time you’ll be barefoot, but soft-soled, non-marking shoes are good on deck. Guys might want to bring a sport coat and at least one pair of long pants and a dressier shirt in case the urge to go ashore for dinner at a nice resort should strike. It happens. Women, you can extrapolate-bring something casual yet slightly dressy. And-little known fact-when you’re bareboat chartering, nothing makes your butt look big. Or maybe everyone’s just having too much fun to notice.

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Your boat will have towels and linens, but you might want to bring a couple of larger towels or a beach blanket. Most boats have iPod docking stations these days, but double check. If not, having good tunes along is worth the investment in a portable unit.

Bring your digital camera, of course, and make sure you have an extra data card. Bring a Kindle or e-reader if you have one, or pack a couple of good books. Few pleasures are as wonderful as reading on deck.

Bug spray, seasickness pills or wristbands, and foul weather gear fall into the category of better safe than sorry, though the chances you’ll need any of these are slim. You will be in paradise and it will be perfect. But just in case

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Last but not least, remember you’re going aboard. Resist the urge to pack the rolling bag and pack your stuff in a soft, collapsible duffel that can be stowed away as soon as it’s emptied. You may curse it at the airport, but you’ll be thrilled when you’re not tripping over it for seven days.

And the very wisest of travelers will take their luggage as carry-on. It will eliminate the chances that you’ll arrive but your luggage won’t. You won’t be separated from your toiletries, medications, or lucky shorts, and it will help you avoid over-packing. After all, you really don’t need much to be happy when you’re bareboat chartering in paradise

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