5 things you should take on your next yacht charter that you won’t find on anybody else’s packing list

When we charter a yacht in the BVI, we bring along these unusual, but very handy items. (They are also inexpensive and pack easily, so there’s no reason not to take them!)

Water Bottles. We always carry a water bottle per person. Something unique. That way everyone has their bottle for the week that they can fill up from the gallon water bottles.

Microlight. We use a small colored light that we hang from the bimini on our boat when we leave in the evening. That way we can easily tell which boat is ours on our way home. Even if we’ve had a couple of painkillers.

Dry sack. These are really inexpensive and are great for carrying towels and books in the dingy to the beach.

Soft sided cooler. We use ours to carry some frozen food down with us but more importantly we use it to carry drinks to the beach. Saves us a lot of money.

Thermometer. Boat refrigerators only run when the engine is running. So you need to check them to make sure they are keeping your food cool. The problem is when it’s 80 degrees outside, everything feels cooler. We once lost an entire fridge worth of food, so we always carry a cheap refrigerator thermometer with us now.

That’s our list of what nobody else will tell you to bring but will make your life a lot easier! These things are cheap (except for the cooler) and easy to carry too!

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While you are planning, here are some other useful things to pack:

Here’s some of the things others have suggested:

And don’t forget the bag to put it all in!


My favorite suitcase to take to the BVI is a medium size Northface Base Camp Duffel. It is collapsible (so takes up no room on the boat), big enough to hold everything, small enough to carry on (so no waiting at the dock for your lost luggage), a backpack (so you can easily carry it through the airport or the islands), waterproof (so if you want to use it to carry your book and towel to the beach, they stay dry) and it comes in many great colors.