Packing for sailing training in Antigua

My husband leaves for 5 weeks tomorrow. He is doing some training in Antigua with On Deck Sailing, and then will be heading to the Miami International Boat Show before he heads back home to us in Ottawa, Canada.

Tonight, we assembled everything from the gear list that I posted yesterday. Here is what his gear looked like once it was all assembled.

My husband's gear for crewing in Antigua laid-out and ready to be packed
My husband’s gear for crewing in Antigua laid-out and ready to be packed

Our goal was to fit all of the gear into the yellow water bag that is in the middle of the picture. To do this, we packed all of the soft items into a compression sack, which resulted in his gear looking like this…

The yellow compression sack in the center of the picture contains soft items, mainly clothing
The yellow compression sack in the center of the picture contains soft items, mainly clothing

To abide by carry-on dimensions, a few items had to be left out of the yellow water bag. Still, most of the items packed down into the bag to look like this…

The yellow water bag contains all of the gear, except what you see on the left
The yellow water bag contains all of the gear, except what you see on the left

He will carry the stray items that you see in the picture above on in a cloth shopping bag, along with his iPhone, iPad and chargers.

And, finally, here is what my husband will be wearing on the plane tomorrow. It’s still very cold here in Ottawa, and to keep his carry-on small, he will be wearing the bulky items from his luggage.

What my husband will be wearing on the plane tomorrow - bulky items best left out of his carry-on
What my husband will be wearing on the plane tomorrow – bulky items best left out of his carry-on

I considered creating a gallery of images – close-ups of his gear – but I thought that the text version of the crewing gear list is sufficient. The crewing gear list is now accurate and shows what my husband actually brought with him to Antigua.

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