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As you will be travelling to Bimini using a charter company, there are tight restrictions on luggage allowance.

All luggage should be packed into a soft suitcase for easy stowing on the


What you need:


1. Passport – This includes US citizens! 

2. Soft suitcase for easy stowing in the aircraft and at station

3. Sun block lotion (SPF 30 should be a minimum)

4. Insect repellent and baby oil (for mosquitoes and sand flies)

5. Hat and polarized sunglasses (reduces glare and protects your eyes from UV)

6. Foul weather gear:  rain pants and jacket (for boats and foul weather)

7. Snorkel gear: mask, fins, snorkel, and booties are a must! (No scuba gear is required)

8. Wet suit (full 3+mm for spring/fall months; 5mm for winter months)

9. Dry bag (optional but proves very useful in the field)

10. At least three bathing suits and long-sleeve rash guards (for UV protection)

11. Beach towel or large towel (optional – bath towels and bed linens are provided)

12. Clothes that can get wet or ruined:  T-shirts and shorts, sweat shirt and long pants, warm jacket, long sleeve shirt, sandals or shoes that can get wet.

13. Any special foods or medications

14. Headlamps (mandatory) 

15. Waterproof flashlight (optional but convenient)

16. Basic, waterproof watch with timer (does not need to be a dive watch)

17. Spending money for personal expenses (US dollars accepted in Bimini)

18. Spare batteries for headlamps, cameras, etc. The station’s battery supply is for science equipment only. 

19. Water bottle 

20. Thermos for hot drinks during cold weather and nighttime gillnetting (winter months and May/June)

21. Nice outfit for nights off (optional)


Also recommended (but not necessary):

1. Waterproof camera
2. Music players and speakers
3. Jump/zip drives
4. Laptop or tablet for wireless internet use
5. Mosquito jacket and hat