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.
Identifying light. We use a small colored light or a string of lights (Last time we got these fun flamingo lights.)
or a glow stick 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 my 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!

Here’s some other things to consider:

That should take up at least one suitcase! Speaking of suitcases, these North Face waterproof duffles make great carry ons and can then work as a beach bag to keep your towels dry on the dinghy ride to shore.

What else would you pack?