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Trip Planning - Packing list


Only bring ONE bag per person. Use soft luggage only - bags should be no longer than 28" - 30". DO NOT bring suitcases as there is no space to store them on a sailboat. (If you choose to bring your own snorkeling gear you can pack it in a separate bag).

For Scout groups, most Scouts travel in Class A uniform. It's in your own best interests to dress smartly when traveling!

Don't over-pack, almost everyone who has taken part in our trips tell us they brought too much gear!

Essential Packing List:

Families can use this packing list as a general guide but it is primarily intended for reference by Scout and Student groups.
  • Inflatable sleep mat (min 3/4 body length, self-inflating ThermaRest type, a thicker backpack style is more comfortable)
  • 2-season sleeping bag (for spring trips) or a light fleece sleep roll (for summer trips)
  • Small pillow (travel size)
  • 'Nalgene' type water bottle plus carabiner
  • Toiletry items - Shampoo, Toothbrush, Soap, Deodorant (travel size)
  • Sun Block - SPF30 or higher
  • Aloe or After Sun (travel size)
  • Bug Spray (travel size)
  • Antihistamine (for bug bites)
  • Light rain jacket
  • 2 x swim shorts/bathing suits
  • 2 pairs of regular, lightweight shorts
  • 2 or 3 T-Shirts
  • Sunglasses
  • A wide brimmed hat (chin ties are useful when sailing)
  • 1 pair of Sandals or flip-flops - (sneakers will be too hot to wear on shore)
  • Flashlight or Headlamp
  • Camera (Underwater disposable cameras are great for snorkeling photos)
  • Earplugs (in case there is noise, or snoring)
  • Personal medication (You won't be able to get hold of certain medications here)
  • Spending money (Each Troop should decide an appropriate amount but souvenirs and any snacks onshore will cost more than you are used to)

Optional Equipment List:

  • Your own mask, snorkel and fins. Note: Snorkeling equipment will be provided for everyone, however, many Scouts prefer to bring their own to ensure best fit
  • Rash Guard shirts
  • Gold Bond rash/itch powder (travel size)
  • An unbreakable mug (if you wish hot drinks like Coffee)
  • A long sleeve shirt and a pair of lightweight long pants for sun protection
  • Your own Scout Troop Flag so you can sail with it during your trip
  • A smarter T-shirt or Polo shirt for eating out
  • Also, you may wish to have Troop T-Shirts made. If you prefer, we have Sail School Bahamas CREW T-Shirts and Polo Shirts for sale, as well as Baseball Caps and Outback hats. Speak with your Captain about buying shirts and hats when you get onboard
  • It's a good idea to bring a pillowcase to pack all your sleeping gear in each day

Please note:

There's no need to buy deck shoes. Most Captains don't allow shoes to be worn onboard. Most crewmembers are happy to go barefoot but if you must wear deck shoes onboard, you can't use them onshore as they will bring tar, oil and dirt back to the sailboat.

What not to bring

If you are a Scout group don't bring any electronic gaming or music devices.

Don't bring bulky items like Skateboards, Roller Blades, etc. as there's nowhere to store them onboard.

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