What to pack on charter

Having first hand experience running charters for a few seasons and seeing what people bring a long with them, it amazes me what people pack in their luggage.

I have seen South Americans come loaded with meat for the week, French come loaded with their own cases of fine wine, cheese and chutneys, ladies with suitcases full of make-up and all the glamour tools one needs for a night at the Oscars.

Although it’s great to come this well equipped on your weeks vacation, it’s not necessary and it’s not practical.

Charter boats have limited storage space, so you must plan ahead and be organised for your trip. You do not need to pack every home essential under the sun.

I have designed a packing list for those first timers who are in need of some guidance.

First things first, pack light! Try not to bring a large suitcase especially not a hard shelled one. Pack a duffel bag or a back pack that is collapsible and can be easily stowed. Carry on bags are the best, even though they are small, remember your outfit for the week will mainly consist of swimwear and shorts. Try to pack light, fast drying clothing, living on a boat is a very damp environment so you need quick drying items.


  • 3-4 pairs of shorts, 1 pair of long pants.
  • 5 T-shirts, 1 long sleeved to keep the sun off your skin if you burn.
  • 2 button up short sleeved shirts for men in the evening if dining in a restaurant.
  • Summer dress or casual shirt an blouse for ladies to dine out.
  • At least 3 bathing suits for both men and women.
  • Underwear for the week.
  • A sarong on two.
  • A light sweater for cooler evenings.
  • Waterproof jacket for rain or passing squalls.
  • Flip flops
  • Sun hat
  • Walking/hiking shoes
  • Sunglasses
  • Deck shoes unless like most people, like to go barefoot for the week.

Toiletries/ Medication

  • Sunscreen – High factor and preferably a cream rather than a spray. The spray gets on the deck and makes it extremely slippery. SPF lip balm.
  • Shampoo, conditioner, biodegradable soap, toothpaste etc.
  • Aloe Vera, after sun.
  • Insect repellent.
  • Personal medication.
  • First aid kit (Antihistamines, Aspirin, antibiotics, band aids, antiseptic/antibacterial cream, motion sickness tablets, sleeping pills)
  • Hair ties.

General Items

  • Flashlight
  • Drybag
  • Snorkeling equipment
  • Camera
  • Passport
  • Credit cards
  • Cards/board games
  • Book/Kindle
  • MP3 player
  • Rash guard
  • Zip lock bags
  • Clothes pins
  • Handheld VHF
  • Chargers, plug adapter

Do NOT bring

  • A lot of expensive jewellery
  • Electric hair implements
  • Make up
  • Worries or stress

The islands are a stress free, care free and worry free environment. The people here are all so chilled and laid back, so enjoy going barefoot for a week and have sandy toes and a sun kissed nose!