Suggestions For What to Bring
The following are suggestions for what you may need on one of our trips. It isn’t complete by any means. For example, two changes of clothes may not be enough for some people, especially if the weather is cool or it rains. Nor must you bring everything that we suggest here. They are merely suggestions.
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- Clothing: bring at least two changes of clothing; one that that you can keep dry to wear on Mirage, the other for paddling. Quick drying clothes made of synthetic fabric are best for paddling. Bring rain gear for the occasional rain you may experience as well as for wind protection. For evenings on Mirage, layers of insulation are best. You may even want a stocking cap in the winter. The coldest winter weather you will need to prepare for will be breezy conditions in the 40’s during early morning and evening hours.
- Sun protection: bring a wide brim hat or cap with a chin strap or tether to keep from losing it in the wind. Wearing long sleeve shirts and leggings are best in the middle of the day. Bring sunglasses (with a tether) and sunscreen for exposed skin. We have found 3 oz containers of sunscreen at Target if you are travelling with carry-on baggage only.
- Footwear: bring non-skid and non-marking shoes on Mirage. Deck shoes, sneakers or closed toe sandals work fine. Bare feet or flip flops are unsafe on Mirage and for paddling. Footwear for paddling must offer good protection for walking on shore and in shallow water. They must be secure on your feet so that they will stay on in thick mud. Ankle high booties and sneakers work perfectly.
- Immersion clothing: optional of course. If you have immersion clothing, feel free to bring it. It may be nice to have in the winter if you want to practice rolling, reentry or just snorkel or swim for an extended period of time. Water temperatures in the winter range from the low 60’s to low 70’s in Florida and upper 60’s to mid 70’s in The Bahamas. Bring nose plugs and ear plugs if you intend on doing rolling or reentry practice.
- Personal items: flashlight or headlamp, bug repellent, 110 volt and 12 volt chargers for any electronic gear, floats or tethers for any gear taken on the water (glasses, camera, ect.) and dry bags for gear while paddling. If you suspect that you may have problems with your hands blistering, bring gloves. We try to keep a supply of mole skin, but that is never better than prevention.
- The following is provided on every tour: meals and drinks, bedding, pillows and towels. For paddling gear: sea kayak, paddle, spray skirt, sponge, water bottle, safety gear (PFD, pump, paddle float, whistle) deck compass and snorkeling gear. If you have your own mask, you may want to bring it for the best fit. On Mirage, we have binoculars, a library of books and DVD’s, a television for viewing DVD’s, games and cards. Each cabin has a 110 volt outlet for charging electronics. You will also have access to a 12 volt outlet in the galley if you need it.
- Communication: We will be in range of a cell phone signal most of the time. We have a broadband connection that we are happy to share, however, we have a limited amount of data to share, especially in The Bahamas. If you intend on using a significant amount of data, you should contact your cell service provider to see if they offer an international travel data package. We have a satellite connection with unlimited texting if simply need to stay in touch with someone back home.
What Not to Bring
- Illicit drugs: Do not bring illicit drugs onboard Mirage. That includes prescription drugs without a label or with a name on the label other than yours. Recreational drugs that are legal where you come from are illegal on navigable waters. We are boarded by the US Coast Guard in Florida and The Ministry of Defense in The Bahamas on a regular basis. They look for illicit drugs, and if found, they will charge the captain and pertinent passengers with a felony offense.