Islands on Assignment | Windjammer Packing List

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Time to get packing!Jon Whittle

Hello, everyone!

As we get closer to departure day, I thought I might put together a list of things that might be useful aboard the Mandalay. If you’re anything like me, you’ll probably spend most of your time switching between a wet swimsuit and dry one, so don’t worry about bringing too many clothes. We’ll all be barefoot most of the time aboard, and sandals or flip-flops are just fine for many of the shore excursions we’ll be on. That being said, there are a couple of spots where a little sturdier shoe might be wise to avoid stepping on any of the cacti that line some of the trails (don’t worry, this isn’t a huge hiking trip). I wouldn’t recommend heavy duty hiking boots, just something with a closed toe and a thick sole. Also, some of our landings will be ‘wet’ so be prepared.

Photographically speaking, everyone should already have their camera systems chosen and ready, but I did want to throw out a few things that I’ll be discussing during our time together that I strongly suggest you bring along. Namely: a circular polarizing filter for your go-to lenses. Neutral density filters, a tripod, and a cable release are also handy things to bring along. I’ll add some links to the list below, but know that I’m admittedly a Canon guy. ☺

Those of you who have GoPros, bring ‘em along! Last time I was aboard the Mandalay I got some great footage of squid and sea turtles. I’m going to spend a little time going over GoPro settings and best practices while we’re aboard. Okay, on to the list! And as long as we’re going on a dream trip, might as well include some wish list items as well. Can’t wait to see everyone!

Jon Whittle Senior Photographer, Islands

PS – I’ll be on the road with very limited email access during the next few weeks, so if you have any questions, please feel free to reach out to Kat or Lori.

What's in Jon Whittle's camera bagJon Whittle

Personal Items

  • Sunscreen
  • Bug spray
  • Sunhat
  • Flip Flops/Sandals
  • Sturdy shoes
  • Sweater or light jacket for the evenings (long days in the sun can make for chilly nights)
  • Pen and notepad for taking notes
  • Two bathing suits
  • A beach towel
  • A hair dryer if you absolutely must have one (there are none on board!)