Though cruising is a simple life it can be hard work at times. (Not like digging a ditch hard…more like, “I have to eat another meal of grilled Mahi-Mahi” hard).
Bring a backpack and fill it with a few basics…
- Drinking water
- Snacks like a granola bar or nuts
- Toilet paper and wet wipes or hand sanitizer (some places just don’t have TP available for your bumm)
- Map if you have one and a sense of humor if you get lost
- Canvas bags to fill up with groceries
- The local money. FYI-Even though it has bright pinks and yellows in the currency, its not play money. 🙂
- Paper & pen to write down a few words of the language, directions, general information, etc.
Securing your dinghy…
- If leaving it on the beach, make sure it is far up on the beach so the tide won’t take it away. Another trick is to put out a dinghy anchor if you are not sure how high the tide goes.
- Bring a lock and extra long cable for securing it to a pier or dock
- This is seldom, but it does happen in popular spots, pay a local to watch your dinghy if you can’t secure it or think it might get stolen. (Don’t over pay).
- Just an FYI, in most places our dinghy was fine, but it has been know in certain places for motors and/or dinghies do get stolen. If there are other cruisers in the area, ask what they’ve heard about the area.
- Wear good shoes, you may be walking far when you get lost.
- Talk to locals. Even if you don’t speak the language, someone might speak yours.
- Ask how to say Hello and Thank you in their language. That will go along way.
- Remember your are a savvy traveler, you need to be aware of your surroundings. This will help keep you safe and have fun.