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Old 06-05-2013, 11:57   #1
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What to pack: BVI

So we are doing our first BVI charter boat trip. 10 days (going to be sick). I have told my girl friend that she is not allowed to check a bag (because of 4 legs) and that she needs to pack light. WOW this was not a easy idea to grasp though.

After hearing this news, she has shown signs of the first 4 stages of grief. Now is she almost done with depression and on to acceptance. I was hoping to get some advise for her on what to pack. I also could use some help.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:12   #2
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Re: What to pack: BVI

First rule is that she sleep with any suitcase she brings...soft bags, no wheels.

One nice dress
One nice blouse
One pair of cool dress pants
One walking out skirt
One pair of walking out sandals
Flip flops
Light rain jacket


2 bikinis
2 pairs of shorts
Assorted t-shirts, tops and long sleved shirt
which can be washed...maximum 8
10 pairs of knickers
Toothbrush.
Hairbrush
More DEET than makeup
One small handbag.

No hair drier, curlers or anything requiring A/C.

If it is too heavy to carry through an airport then get rid of something!

However, my boat could do 10 knots but the handbags, shoes and clothes on board slow her down!
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Re: What to pack: BVI

We always pack only a carry on to go to the BVI.
You wear short sleeve shirts, swim shorts and sandals
Wide brimmed hat.
Toiletries, toothpaste, tooth brush, suntan lotion
Camera, snorkel mask
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Re: What to pack: BVI

Thanks for the reply.

Seems to be safe to say you are an experience female sailer, so can you also help me out by confirming truth this statement:

'no matter how much sunblock you wear, you will get a tan. Living on a boat, provides lots more sun exposure than any other type of vacation. The last thing you want to do is be burnt and be stuck in the cabin 10 days. It will run the vacation for her and lower the fun level for everyone"
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Swimsuit, sunscreen.
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Swimsuit, sunscreen.
swimsuit is optional, but i would not want to forget the sunscreen!



pack really light. even then, you will find that you have overpacked for the bvi!
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Can you also help me out by confirming truth this statement:

'no matter how much sunblock you wear, you will get a tan. Living on a boat, provides lots more sun exposure than any other type of vacation. The last thing you want to do is be burnt and be stuck in the cabin 10 days. It will run the vacation for her and lower the fun level for everyone"
All the Charter boats have proper biminis.
Suntan lotion, wide brimmed hats and proper clothing and staying under the bimini cover and you may not even get a tan.

I never get a tan when I go to the BVI and thats the way I like it.
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If you use suntan LOTION (not OIL), with SPF 50 to SPF 130, you will not get tanned. You need to re-lotion your exposed skin, every 45 min though; more often if swimming. Those with fair skin complexions, like Nordic visitors, require the higher lotion's SPF. Have fun! Mauritz
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Pack money, not stuff
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Re: What to pack: BVI

I never travel without my own binoculars, snorkel gear, and a large moleskine journal in which to reflect.
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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.
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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.
Good advice.

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.

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