Crewing Gear list for Antigua

This list identifies what my husband used, packed, and purchased while on 5 weeks’ sailing training with Ondeck Sailing. The list is accurate as it was revised-post trip. He had no checked bags, and had carry-on luggage only.

The quantity of items is one, except where indicated in brackets.

Clothing
light-weight convertible pants
long sleeve button shirt
short sleeve button shirt
polo shirt
quick dry t-shirts (2)
swimsuit shorts (2)
wicking socks – to wear on the plane only
underwear (1 or 2)
light toque (* See below for explanation)
light hooded waterproof jacket (should be tight-fitting so not to snag on things)
fleece
boat shoes – got blisters on his toes and heels
flip-flops – to live through the blister phase, if need be

Eyewear
prescription glasses
cheap reading glasses (4) – broke 3 pairs
cord to hold glasses (2)
contact lenses
contact lens solution
dark sunglasses
swim goggles (didn’t use but might bring if he were to go again – for swimming)

Toiletries
small can of shaving lotion (1 small can/week)
razors (3)
razor  (1 xAAA batteries)
bars of soap (3) but didn’t shower every day
medication (Scopolamine Patches **See below)
dental floss
electric toothbrush
toothbrush charger
toothbrush head
regular toothbrush (to buy in Antigua)
small tubes toothpaste (3)
small bottles shampoo (2)
quick dry towel (1)
deodorant
nail clippers
Q-tips
package of baby wipes (in case showers are not available, and to use in public bathrooms)
toilet paper – needed for public toilets

Phones, computer and chargers
iPhone
iPad
iPad and iPhone charger (12 V cigarette lighters on boat)
USB charger
GPS app like Navionics (brought hand-held Garmin, but was useless by comparison)

Navigation
RYA Day Skipper papers (maps, books, etc.)
RYA personal log book
Mechanical pencil (personal preference)
black lead
plastic chart plotter (they had them aboard, again personal preference)
notebook (or paper for passage planning)
parallel ruler
Sharpie pen (used it to write name on pillow)

Safety devices
handheld VHF (no need)
life jacket/PFD (no need, to be supplied – difficult to fly with because the airlines will not let you travel with the gas cartridges used to inflate life jackets)

Money and ID
passport
drivers license
credit card
debit card
cash

Misc.
whistle
fanny pack
sun hat
deckhand gloves with fingers
deckhand gloves without fingers
sun screen
lip balm (didn’t use, but I might)
flashlight (3xAAA batteries) or headlamp
AA lithium batteries (8)
AAA lithium batteries (12)
clothes pins (10)
small zip lock bags (used 1 or 2)
large zip lock bags (used 1 or 2)
water bag (as carry-on bag)
small compression sack (to store unused clothes, eventually broke under strain)
small mesh bags (2)
cloth shopping bag (the man purse, really useful to carry odds and ends on shore, including pen and paper, chargers, IPAD, baby wipes, and toilet paper)

Purchased in Antigua
pillow
beach towel

* A toque in the Caribbean you say? We never go anywhere without a toque because we’re Canadians. Take it from us – a bare head has lots of exposed surface area. A toque is a lightweight solution to staying warm anywhere.

** Here is a picture of my husband’s 6-box supply of Scopolamine patches. They are applied behind the ear and help to prevent motion sickness. I figured he’d be on a boat for about 4 weeks before he heads to the Miami International Boat Show. Did I buy too many boxes?

Answer: No. He brought ended up bringing 3 boxes of Scopolamine patches. Each box contains 2 patches. My husband used 2 patches himself, and gave 3 patches away to other sailors. I’ll bring the rest of the patches with me when I go to Antigua for sailing training in April though I hope not to use them.

Scopolamine 36-day supply of Scopolamine

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