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What to Bring with You on a Boat in Crete

What to bring on a boat to Balos
What to bring on a boat to Balos

When embarking on a boat trip in Crete, it's important to pack wisely to ensure a safe, enjoyable, and comfortable experience. Here's a list of essential items to bring with you on a boat in Crete:

Sun Protection:

  • Sunscreen: Use a high SPF sunscreen to protect your skin from sun exposure.

  • Sunglasses and Hat: Shield your eyes and face from the sun's glare.

Clothing and Footwear:

  • Lightweight Clothing: Wear comfortable, lightweight, and breathable clothing suitable for the weather.

  • Swimsuit and Cover-Up: Bring a swimsuit for water activities and a cover-up for when you're not in the water.

  • Windbreaker or Light Jacket: In case of cooler weather or wind, especially during the evening.


  • Non-Slip Deck Shoes or Sandals: Wear appropriate footwear for the boat to prevent slipping.

Water and Hydration:

  • Water Bottles: Carry enough water to stay hydrated throughout the trip.

Food and Snacks:

  • Light Snacks: Pack easy-to-eat, non-perishable snacks for energy.

  • Lunch and Refreshments: Depending on the trip, bring a packed lunch and beverages to keep you energized.

Personal Items:

  • ID and Important Documents: Carry identification, insurance, and any necessary permits.

  • Cash: Bring enough cash for any purchases or emergencies.

  • Camera or Smartphone: Capture the beautiful scenery and memories of the trip.

Safety and First Aid:

  • First Aid Kit: Include essentials like bandages, antiseptic wipes, pain relievers, motion sickness medication, and any necessary personal medications.

  • Life Jackets: Ensure the boat provides adequate life jackets for all passengers.

Navigation and Communication:

  • Map and Compass: Carry a map or navigation tools to track your route.

  • Mobile Phone or Radio: Ensure you have a way to communicate in case of emergencies.

Dry Bag or Waterproof Case:

  • Waterproof Bag: Use a waterproof bag or case to protect your belongings from water exposure.

Environmental Considerations:

  • Reusable Bags: Minimize waste by bringing reusable bags for any trash generated during the trip.

  • Eco-Friendly Toiletries: Use biodegradable or eco-friendly toiletries to minimize environmental impact.

Personal Entertainment:

  • Books, Music, or Games: Bring entertainment options for relaxation during the trip.

Mask and Snorkel (Optional):

  • Snorkeling Gear: If the boat trip includes snorkeling, bring your mask and snorkel for underwater exploration.

By packing these essential items, you'll be well-prepared for a memorable and enjoyable boat trip around the beautiful island of Crete.

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