Suggested Gear List and Prep List for Bareboat Charters
  • Don’t forget your passport, credit card, drivers license, airline tickets.
  • Inform your credit card company that you will be traveling so that it will not freeze your account when it sees unfamiliar charges.
  • Check with your health care provider (if necessary). Bring all medications in your carry-on bag.
  • Bring small bills for tips along the way…. check for local currency and rate.
  • Plan for at least one cell phone per boat that has been activated for international use at your destination.
  • For the islands/tropics, buy bug spray ( sand fleas and mosquito, etc).
  • Checked luggage can be $15.00 to $25.00 per bag
  • Have 3 ounce bottles for liquids in clear plastic bag for carry on……or buy at destination and leave it there.
  • Check for local electrical voltage and connections needed (110 or 220).
  • The charter company supplies bed linens and towels

Items to Bring:


  • SOS burgee, if possible
  • Duct tape
  • bungy cords
  • tell tails
  • CD’s
  • clothes pins
  • Handheld GPS/mobile device with navigation app
  • Deck shoes
  • Underwear
  • Hat with a brim
  • Bathing suits
  • Sailing gloves
  • Shorts
  • Sun screen - SPF 15 or higher
  • Light weight pants
  • Flashlight
  • Tees or sleeveless shirts
  • Toilet kit; shampoo, tooth paste, etc
  • Long sleeved shirts
  • Towel for deck or beach
  • Light sweater or sweat shirt
  • Sunglasses
  • Wind breaker or light rain jacket
  • Prescription contacts or glasses (2)
  • Something to sleep in
  • Skin moisturizer
  • Shoes/sandals for shore use


  • Your own mask and snorkel (if you have favorites)
  • Swim fins if desired  (mask and fins often available at base)
  • Tee or long sleeved shirt for snorkeling – prevent sunburn
  • Reef shoes for beach
  • Light rain proof jacket


  • Hard luggage
  • Costly jewelry


  • Capris or slacks for women (ashore)
  • Dressier shirts; tees and other (ashore)
  • Foul weather gear/rain jacket