So, you’ve booked your Hilton Head boat tour and are ready to go! But what do you need to pack? Whether it’s a Hilton Head dolphin tour, sunset cruise or vanishing islands tour, here are the essential items to have a comfortable and memorable experience:
What to Wear for Comfort?
We always suggest bringing an extra layer that you can remove or put on easily. Generally, the air temperature on a boat feels around 5-10 degrees cooler than it does on land. Mornings are cooler and afternoons are milder.
Always check the weather on the morning of your Hilton Head boat tour and prepare for any possible rain showers.
Generally, we advise wearing casual, comfortable clothes.
Non-Slip Shoes for Vanishing Island Tours
On our Vanishing Island boat tours, you’ll be getting out the boat and walking through the water. We advise wearing some non-slip wet shoes for this Hilton Head boat tour, so you gain comfort and protection getting in and out of the boat.
What to Bring for Protection?
Protection from the sun is essential for a comfortable and safe day on the water. The sun can be very bright as it shines off the boat and the water. Bring shades, a cap, sun screening products and plenty of hydration! No sunburns are fun.
We’ve Got The Safety Equipment
Fear not, we have all the safety equipment you’ll need such as life vests. We also have an ice cooler on board to keep your drinks fresh and chilled.
What Else to Pack on Your Hilton Head Boat Tour?
Camera/Fully Charged Phone
If you have a decent camera, bring it. Cell Phones have great cameras these days, but if photography is your thing, then this is a great chance to capture dolphins and other wildlife in their natural habitat.
Ensure your cell phone is fully charged. You’ll probably take lots of photos and videos, which will drain that juice!
Bag or Backpack
You’ll need to store your camera or other personal items somewhere. A backpack is essential for bringing some snacks, drinks and extra layers.
Food and Drinks
The Captain will supply ice, and a cooler for your trip. You are welcome to bring food and drinks, including alcoholic beverages.
Checklist: What to Bring on a Hilton Head Boat Tour?
- An extra layer for when it gets cooler
- Fully charged phone
- Backpack/Waterproof bag
- Sunscreen and lip balm
- Sea sickness medication (if you’re prone to sea sickness)
- Non-skid rubber soled shoes
- Clothes appropriate for walking in deeper water (Vanishing Island Tour)
- Light colored clothing to avoid absorbing heat
- Lightweight microfiber long sleeve shirts to protect arms (Unessential but ideal)
- Short pants when warm
- Long pants when cool
- Waterproof windbreaker for possible rain
- Polarized sunglasses to protect your eyes from the sun
- Binoculars to see distant sights