Leave your rigid luggage at home! Soft-sided duffels stow more easily under a bunk or in a locker. For trips ashore in the dinghy, a waterproof bag with a roll-top closure is the safest way to transport your gear — even better if it has mesh pockets or bungees to keep wet towels away from iPads and cameras.
Multipurpose is the name of the game. Can you wear the shirt snorkeling for sun protection? Great! Can your skirt today double as a dress tomorrow? Pack it! Will those shorts dry quickly if you wash them in the sink? You get the idea.
Dinghy rides ashore are seldom dry occasions, so grab some sandals made for water use. Sand and boats don't mix well, so if you're coming back from the beach, remember to dunk your feet in the water before climbing aboard!
Polarized lenses protect your eyes from glare off the water. Plastic lenses are lightweight and impact-resistant, while glass is less easy to scratch. Keep sunglasses out of the drink with eyewear retainers such as Croakies or Chums.