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9 Things To Consider When Packing For A Catamaran Tour

If you are interested in a sailing expedition in Costa Rica, you should look forward to a fun-filled day of sailing the Caribbean water and looking at the country’s mainland in addition to other islands. Here are 8 things to consider when preparing for this memorable activity.


1. Take just one large bag with you.

For something to keep everything you bring inside of, keep everything in a sturdy, strong duffle bag. That way, everything you bring is in one convenient place, and when you carry one item, you carry every item in your possession. It will also be much easier to board and leave the catamaran when you only have one bag that you have to carry.

2. Put everything together that you need to sail.

If necessary, be sure to take important documents along with you, such as passports, charter paperwork, and copies of these documents in case they may get lost. Be sure to put all items in sealed plastic bags. Not only do they protect items from getting wet, but also you can put wet swim suits in the bags and keep other items in your duffle bag dry.

3. Don’t take much clothing with you on a catamaran.

When you are part of a catamaran tour in Costa Rica, all you need to wear is your swimsuit, a tee shirt, and a pair of shoes or sandals. If you are planning to go out for dinner at a restaurant afterwards, it would be wise to also pack an additional shirt and some shorts that you can change into later.

4. Bring along items to pass the time.

During times of inactivity, bring some small lightweight items to occupy yourself for a while. Play cards with family or friends, read a book, look for cool findings through a pair of binoculars, or listen to music.

5. Have plenty of protection from the sun.

To Caucasians, being out at sea can cause the water and sail to reflect sunlight into your skin. So unless you want to be as red as a lobster by the end of the day, bring some adequate sunblock with you with no less than 15 SPF. We also encourage guests to also wear wide brimmed hats, baseball caps, sunglasses, and/or sun visors.

6. Bring a camera.

While this is not extremely required, you will probably want to save some memories and share them with others. If you are bringing a digital camera, be sure to bring extra memory cards and batteries. If you are going to take pictures with a smartphone or tablet, be sure to bring an external battery, as there is not going to be a charging station on the catamaran. Keep your phone or camera in a waterproof bag or case, as it could get wet from oncoming waves.

7. Take prescription medicine with you.

If you have medication that you are on throughout the day, you are not prohibited from taking it with you on a catamaran tour in Costa Rica. During most tours, first aid kits will be available, including bandages, aspirin, anti nausea medication, and bug spray. So bringing either of these yourself is not necessary, but not a bad idea, either.

8. Bring your own snorkel.

If your catamaran tour provides snorkeling activities, it is advised that you bring or buy your own snorkeling equipment. Even though public snorkels may be provided, it would be similar to using a public gym’s equipment. If you do not own your own snorkel, you can buy one inexpensively.

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