Bermuda Packing List

All cadets will be allowed one carry-on bag and one checked bag (50 lbs and under).  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 field supplies.

Essential Items

  • Bedding for 1 night at MMA 
  • Passport and colored copy of passport
  • Insurance cards (and copies)
  • 4-5 pairs of shorts
  • 2 pairs of durable long pants
  • 8-10 short-sleeve shirts:  T-shirts or button down
  • 1-2 synthetic shirts (rash guards) while snorkeling
  • 2-3 long sleeve shirts 
  • 1-2 sweatshirts/fleece or light jacket
  • Socks
  • Underwear - enough for 12 days
  • Well worn-in, comfortable, sturdy shoes (e.g., hiking boots 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
  • 3-4 Swimsuits (chose swimsuits that fit well under wetsuit)
  • 1-2 Beach towels (consider a small microfiber towel)
  • Snorkeling equipment – mask, snorkel, dive socks, fins, wetsuit, hood, gloves, & dive bag

Personal Supplies

  • Personal toiletries (biodegradable soaps and shampoos are encouraged)
  • Prescription medications to cover entire trip
  • 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
  • Drybag or plastic sealable bags (good for protecting equipment such as camera from dust, humidity, and water) or waterproof cell phone pouch/case
  • Watch
  • Flashlight or headlamp (BIOS is not well lit at night)
  • Laundry bag
  • Trash bag for wetsuit (for traveling home)
  • 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
  • Academic Packet (includes syllabus, assignments and itinerary)
  • Books, art supplies, field guides, games, instruments, etc. for leisure time
  • Extra sunglasses and sun hat (you don’t want to be without these)