Bermuda Packing List

All cadets will be allowed one carry-on bag and one checked bag.  No surf boards or bikes are to be brought.  

Please leave some room available in one of your bags for a few items that we will need to distribute on the first day of the course at MMA. Collectively, we bring down all of our scientific gear, books, and the office supplies needed to construct the field guides (the main assignment for the course)

Essential Items

  • Sleeping bag or bedding for 1 night at MMA (will be stored at MMA until your return to campus)
  • Passport and colored copy of passport
  • 4-5 pairs of shorts
  • 1 pair of durable long pants
  • 8-10 short-sleeve shirts:  T-shirts or button down
  • 1 MMA short-sleeve Polo shirt
  • 1-2 synthetic shirts (Rash guards) while snorkeling
  • 1-2 light-weight, long sleeve shirts 
  • Extra pair of shorts and t-shirt to keep clean for recreational time 
  • 1 sweatshirt or light jacket
  • Socks
  • Underwear - enough for 11 days
  • Well worn-in, comfortable, sturdy shoes (e.g., hiking boots or cross trainers)
  • Sandals and/or running shoes 
  • Waterproof sandals, such as Tevas or Chacos
  • Hat (wide-brimmed is best for sun protection)
  • Sunglasses (polarized are best), with a strap to hold them on
  • 2-3 Swimsuits (chose swimsuits that fit well under wetsuit)
  • 1-2 Beach towels
  • Snorkeling equipment – mask, snorkel, fins, dive bag, and wetsuit & gloves

Personal Supplies

  • Personal toiletries (biodegradable soaps and shampoos are encouraged)
  • Prescription medications to cover entire trip
  • Renew Epi-pen prescription if necessary
  • Extra contact lenses, eyeglasses
  • Over-the-counter medicines that you use frequently. This includes pain relievers, skin creams and acne medication, indigestion remedies, etc.
  • Personal First Aid kit (e.g., anti-diarrhea pills, antibiotics, antiseptic, itch-relief, pain reliever, bandages, blister covers, etc.).


  • Spending money (approximately US$200-500)
  • Insect repellent spray 
  • At least TWO (2) water bottle(s) able to hold at least a liter each
  • Sunscreen with SPF 30+ (Reef friendly sunscreen is encouraged)
  • Lip balm
  • Small daypack/rucksack
  • Drybag or plastic sealable bags (good for protecting equipment such as camera from dust, humidity, and water)
  • Watch
  • Flashlight or headlamp
  • Laundry bag
  • Earplugs for light sleepers
  • 3 pencils, 3 pens, and a small notebook for taking notes during lectures (a Rite in the Rain field notebook and a personal journal notebook will be provided for you)
  • Laptop
  • Books, art supplies, field guides, games, instruments, etc. for leisure time
  • Extra sunglasses and sun hat (you don’t want to be without these)