Originally Posted by Driftwoods
Pack only a single
carry on each, soft sided, no wheels or handles - very difficult to store a rigid suitcase. If you're coming from the USA, packing sunscreen is not a good option since the TSA will take anything over 3 oz. Better to just go ahead and prepare for the markup on local sunscreen purchases once you get there.
Once you pack your carry on, go back through and remove about half of what you packed. No kidding. Then open your wallet and look at what you packed in there and just go ahead and double it. "Take half the clothes and twice the money" was the best advice I got for going to the BVI.
You're gonna have a great time.
Oh yeah...bonine. Pack some bonine.
We sailed the BVI 2-4 times annually for 20 years. Typical packing was:
1 tee-shirt per day -- wear one all day, clean up for dinner and change into clean tee-shirt; then wear the new one all day the following day. For women, substitute tank tops as preferred.
1 pair shorts per 3 days of trip, plus 1 extra pair. You can wear the same pair of short 3 times if you alternate days.
1 sundress for women; 1 collared shirt for men
Women: Eye make-up, lipstick, best facial moisturizer with UVA and UVB protection that you can find. Forget foundation because it will just sweat off in minutes.
1 pair shoes for the boat; 1 pair sandals for shore.
The best hat for shade protection that you can find; must be able to tie on or clip on or it will be blown away.
2 swimsuits. 1 cover-up for women.
That's it as far as clothing
goes. The BVI is very casual. Even the best restaurants don't expect fancy clothes. However there are a couple of resort places that request long pants for men
and dresses for women; and one place that requires jackets for men at night. We avoided those places. YMMV.