Travel Tips: What To Bring: Maritimes

In the Maritimes the weather is changeable, from moments of brilliant sunshine to very thick fog, to showers. In early July, fog is common and some foggy days should be expected. One must prepare for any eventuality since the weather can be quite unpredictable in the Maritimes. Summer days range from cool to hot with a normal temperature of 16° C (61° F).

A waterproof rain jacket is highly recommended and a thick warm sweater, as well as a warm hat, especially when voyaging out to sea. Rubber boots or waterproof hiking boots are a must along the many hiking trails. Also pack a jacket that will serve as a wind break (raingear can double as wind gear), as well as shorts and a bathing suit. Comfortable rubber-soled shoes/sneaakers or sport sandals are a must, as are sunglasses, sunscreen, and a hat that won't blow off. Don't forget your rain gear just in case. You might also like to bring binoculars, camera, musical instrument, wildlife guides, needlework, or a notebook.

Please remember that the WANDERBIRD is a traditional, informal vessel where comfort is the order of the day. Pack like you would for a camping trip, no ties or gowns required. Most people find they can pack all they need in one duffel bag.


Entry to Canada is not as simple as in the past. All travellers to Canada & France must carry a valid passport.


Non U.S. and Canadian travellers should check with local consulates for the countries that we visit to determine whether they will need an entry visa.

Travel Insurance

We require that travellers to the remote northern regions are covered by travel insurance that will reimburse them for emergency medical services and evacuation, because our northern voyages travel to remote locations far from medical care facilities. Our small ship is equipped with basic emergency supplies.

Luggage Requirements

Luggage should be limited to soft bags such as duffel bags for the ship. No rigid-frames or bags with metals wheels please. For air travel, baggage is limited to no more than and 60 lbs. per participant. and no single bag should exceed 45 lbs.

Gear List for Maritimes:

  • Soft duffel bag type luggage
  • Comfortable, casual clothing (Layers work very well- simply plan accordingly for the time of year)
  • Rubber soled shoes or sneakers (for beach combing, hiking, relaxing on deck)
  • Shorts & bathing suit
  • Warm hat or tuque
  • Warm heavy wool sweater & thick fleece jacket (larger sizes for layering & two sweaters for very cold days)
  • Rain gear (just in case)
  • Sun screen & SPF lip balm
  • Cameras, batteries & film (or memory card)
  • Binoculars & wildlife guides (A good pair of binoculars will enhance your trip in many ways, particularly in viewing birds and other wildlife.)
  • Musical instruments & song book
  • Knitting, needlework, or a sketch book
  • The Book That You Have Been Trying to Find Time to Read!
  • Some stargzers enjoy sleeping on deck - they bring a sleeping bag
  • Water bottle
  • Bug spray
  • Sport sandals or water shoes
  • Hat (ballcap or other sun hat for protection)
  • Waterproof light backpack or fanny pack (for carrying your items ashore and keeping your arms free for embarking/disembarking)
  • Technical quick dry clothing (Hiking & Kayaking Voyages)
  • Multi-sport sneakers or comfortable hiking boots
  • Hiking pants with zip off legs are helpful
  • Alcoholic beverages of your choice
  • Bring a hungry sailor’s appetite!

Shop for Gear at the Ship’s Store

Many items are available through our Ship’s Store in Belfast:

  • Medium Weight Polar Fleece Jackets with Logo
  • Waffle Weave Thermal Shirts with Logo (Good for Layering)
  • Watch Caps with Logo
  • Ladies Polar Fleece Vests with Logo (Good for Layering)
  • Ladies Cotton Stretch Jerseys with Logo (Good for Layering)
  • Lined Warm Jackets with Logo
  • Baseball Caps with Logo (for keeping the sun out of your eyes)
  • Canvas or Denim Sun Hats (for Boating)
  • Canvas Book Bags with Logo
  • Drinking Water Bottle with Logo
  • Destination Specific Guides and Books

Items can be ordered directly from our Store in Belfast, Maine
by calling 1-866-SEA-BIRD or 1-207-338-3088