If you’re lucky enough to be joining us for The Yacht Week BVI - either for an epic NYE or a banging first week of 2020 - then here’s the tropical packing list you need to ensure you’re all prepared for your Caribbean adventure. From party outfits to power adaptors and polarised sunglasses, we’ve got you covered.
- Swimwear: you're on the sea for seven days so pack multiple swimsuits. Thankfully, they don't take up much space.
- Shorts: bring at least two pairs, especially if one is denim as they can take ages to dry once wet.
- T-shirts: tank tops, T-shirts, crop tops, halters, you name it. Gotta have a few tees.
- Cover-ups: something easy you can throw on with your swimwear. Think loose shirts, sarongs, kimonos and lightweight dresses.
- Lightweight sweater and/or jacket: the evenings can be cool, so pack something warm.
- Casual eveningwear: easy, breezy dresses or shirts and shorts for restaurants.
- Sleepwear: keep it lightweight.
- Shoes: bring two pairs of flip-flops, sandals or slides plus one pair of closed-toe shoes, like trainers or boat/deck shoes.
Parties to pack for
- Gatsby Gold NYE: think shimmering, glimmering start to the new Roaring 20s.
- Beach Chic: just like our Riviera Chic parties but with a boho beachy twist.
- Caribbean Tropical Retro: be bold with lush prints and match the vibrant colours of your tropical location.
Activities to pack for
- Stretchy clothes: if you want to take part in our yoga sessions.
- Trainers: if you want to go hiking or running.
- Duffel bag (or similar): leave your hard suitcase at home and pack everything in a soft bag like this to maximise space on in your cabin.
- Day bag: a small backpack or crossbody bag for trips on land.
- Beach towel: we provide a bathroom towel but you don't want to get saltwater on it.
- Sunglasses: you'll be wearing these all day every day, so make sure you have at least one back-up pair. Leave your expensive shades at home and opt for some cheap polarised sunglasses, which will help avoid glare from the ocean.
- Hat: make sure you bring at least one, ideally two. It's hard to look sexy with sunburnt nose.
- Power adaptor: BVI has US powerpoints but our yachts are mostly European-made (yep, we're fancy) so they have EU powerpoints. Top tip: bring along a power adaptor that can adapt any plug to any powerpoint.
- Phone charger: always an easy one to forget.
- Portable battery pack: keeps your devices juiced, wherever you are.
- Hanging toiletries kit: pack everything in one of these. They're ideal for sailing, where bathroom space is always minimal.
- SPF for days: bring a high factor sunscreen that is also reef safe, like SurfDurt.
- Aftersun: nourishes your sunkissed skin.
- Cleansing wipes: not just for make-up. They're also great for wiping off the salt after a swim.
- Waterproof mascara: make it a panda eyes-free adventure.
- Lip balm with SPF: protect your smackers.
- Deodorant: your crewmates will thank you.
- Don't forget your toothbrush!
- Anti-nausea medication: for seasickness.
- Painkillers: your hangover will thank you.
- Band-aids, gauze and tape: just in case.
- Travel insurance: make sure it covers travel to BVI and all TYW activities you plan to take part in.
- Valid visa: the BVI is a British Overseas Territory. Check if you need a visa or have any entry requirements.
- Passport: make sure it's valid for the entire length of TYW.
- Spending money: $USD is the local currency.
- Pump: after you've inflated your floaties once you'll never want to do it yourself again.
- Flag: fly your national flag with pride - and you'll always know which yacht is yours.
- Disposable underwater camera / GoPro: so you don't drop your phone in the sea.
- Reusable water bottle: to keep our oceans plastic-free.
- A book (real or Kindle): for downtime.
- Earplugs and eye mask: if you're a light sleeper.
- Cards, chess or your favourite board game: go for old school entertainment options.
- Fairy/LED lights: to decorate your yacht.
- Wet brush: for detangling unruly wet hair.
Leave at home
- Hard suitcases: maximise space on the yacht by packing everything into a soft duffel bag (or similar).
- High heels: boats and heels don’t mix well.
- Heavy clothing: wool and denim takes a long time to dry.
- Expensive jewellery: leave your diamonds at home.
- Single-use plastics, water balloons and non-biodegradable glitter: bits of plastic in the ocean is a big no-no.
- Bed linen and pillows: we've got you covered.
- Bathroom towels: we provide these as well but we do suggest bringing your own beach towel.