Dominica Charter: Packing Light

Traveling to the delightful island of Dominica in the windwards of the Caribbean, you’ll want to pack light, breezy, easy-going fashion with lots of character. On a private luxury yacht charter winding through Dominica and her neighboring islands, tuxedos and evening wear will only serve as ballast, while your best camp shirts, flouncy skirts, and simple dresses will do double duty as you cruise nimbly through these casual waters.

Inspire your packing with some suggestions from The Best of Yachting Virtual Valise list for Dominica, Martinique, and Guadaloupe, ensuring you’re ready to enjoy every minute of every day.

Frankie’s Bikinis Brazilian-cut Poppy one-piece will give you some tan lines to talk about. Don’t forget to tuck in that teeny triangle bikini to even things out. Onia swim for him makes a simple, tailored board short in three lengths, 12 solid colors, and 25 prints, with a few color block combination options. This one, in floral navy, will do just fine, but you’d be well advised to collect several as your go-to, quick-dry daywear on board the yacht.

Frankie’s Bikini

Frankie’s Bikini

Serious shades for serious sun, Oakley knows how to protect while promoting good looks. The Mark Cavendish signature series Radarlock Path sunglasses for him are the go everywhere, do everything, outdoors, on-water winner. If you don’t buy these now, you’re going to wish you had. For her, the Oakley Polarized Kick Back in tortoise shell with gold satin and bronze polarized lenses keep eyes looking cool even at high noon.

For him, a casual, can’t fail Ralph Lauren military inspired tee, plus white slim fit jeans, works just about everywhere a Dominican itinerary takes you. For her, Versace does high temps beautifully in an Italian print with edgy, Caribbean flow.

Dressing up in the heat can be a challenge, but for many a tropical gentleman, the Guayabera shirt says style in any latitude. Choose an authentic one, such as exquisitely tailored styles Ramon Puig. Pair this iconic shirt with a nice khakis or stylish trousers, top with a straw hat, tuck in a cigar, and you’re set. A perfectly well-behaved dress for her, Michael Kors makes easy transitions with lace and length, to dress up with heels, or go casual with sandals.

Guayebera Shirt from Ramon Puig

Guayebera Shirt from Ramon Puig


Time in the islands can get away from you. Make sure you’ve got a handle on it in case you actually need to know the hour. Patek Philippe provides a gorgeous way to tell time in the womens’ Twenty-4 collection, in white gold, adorned with 166 diamonds, and charcoal satin strap. For him, the Panerai Luminor Submersible 1950 Carbotech makes a dramatic statement, each watch possessing unique markings from the carbon fiber and high tech polymer construction. Stronger, lighter, and completely non-corrosive, this watch goes anywhere, even to 300 meters below the waterline.

Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Watch

Patek Philippe Twenty-4 Watch

Pack it all up in a very stylish structured diamante leather suitcase from Gucci, with light, fine gold hardware and locks. For her, a dark red patent leather Gucci trolley polishes up the packing with zip closures and locks. Toss it all in, and book for the tropics. Bonne journée!

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Kathleen Turner

Writing engaging, intelligent, accurate copy for the luxury audience, KLTurner covers wine, sailing, travel, and a variety of luxury profile topics.

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