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Packing tips

WRAY briefer, skipper, and all-round nautical expert, Mike Dicker, blogs about the Whitsundays from his unique on-the-water perspective.

Pack lightly for your tropical Whitsundays holiday and you’ll have a fuss-free, relaxed escape.


Storage space is tight aboard our vessels, so soft-sided luggage such as a duffel bag is ideal – and it won’t get damaged if it gets a few splashes coming aboard. Trying rolling clothes for space efficiency and preventing wrinkles – no ironing required! Once you’ve unpacked, a duffel bag will easily stow under your bed.


Leave the stilettos at home! Although you’ll spend most of the time barefoot, soft-soled shoes are best for getting around a boat. They won’t leave scuff marks on vessel floors and you’ll have some grip on wet surfaces. Toss a pair of thongs and water shoes in for good measure.


Swimwear will be de rigueur during your trip, with just a few t-shirts, shorts and light dresses such as sarongs or caftans all you will need. For women, a light, oversized scarf is the perfect extra to cover up in extreme sun, wrap around your neck if the night turns cool or dress up an outfit for a resort dinner. It will pop neatly in a handbag and can be used as a top or skirt.

Ziplock bags

Sealable ziplock bags are a great way to waterproof your phone, spare SD card or camera while aboard. Leave all other valuables at home. Don't forget to take ziplock bags home and keep our marine creatures safe from plastics.

Sun protection

Sunscreen is a must. We suggest a water resistant one with a 50-plus rating. Choose an oil-free type which won’t stain teak decks, sunbed cushions or cabin linen. Sunscreen can be expensive to buy at resort shops, so make it the first thing you pack. As lips can get chapped in windy weather, bring some lip balm too. Polarised sunglasses are perfect for reducing glare, especially when you’re at the helm and need to see what’s below when navigating or mooring. A wide-brimmed hat will give extra protection to shoulders and the back of your neck.

Happy sailing!

Cheers Mike

Man sailing a boat in the Whitsundays at sunset

Travel lightly and enjoy a carefree, relaxed holiday bareboating at your own pace.