Before we left Canada to head south, we knew that we’d be experiencing much colder weather before we hit the tropics. As such, deciding what clothing to keep and bring with us as opposed to what to get rid of was a bit of a quandary. So much so that we even emailed Seth and Jamie on Slapdash (an awesome blog by the way and if it’s not on your reading list, I think you should start right at the beginning of their journey and work your way forward) a year and a half ago to find out their thoughts. They were kind enough to send us this list and comments:
- 1-raincoat and pants
- 1-running shoes (no hiking boots. Vans works nice for the guys and they can wear them for dressup if they’re black or whatever)
- 2 pairs-good flip flops
- 10-tshirts (they will get destroyed)
- 5-shorts (you’ll wear the same damn thing for days so no need to have loads of stuff)
- 1 or 2-jeans (yes it does get cold out here)
- 1-fleece sweater (doesn’t get damp from the salt air)
- 1-long sleeve shirt (for sun protection, I’m so serious)
- 2-3 pairs of socks (no really, I’m not joking)
- 2-3 nice outfits for fun dinners, etc (up to you guys)
- 2 pairs heels for the chicks (see above and think about how awful life would be without flashy heels)
- 1 pair fleece mittens
- 4-5 swim suits and boardies for the gents (you will live in them so get good ones and lots of them, they’re small)
You’ll end up needing to buy more t’s, shorts and flip flops of course, because boating is so hard on your stuff. But don’t overpack because the further you get away from North America, the cheaper clothes get. When you get to Panama you can buy REALLY cool digs for under $5. No kidding.
Don’t let anyone convince you that you won’t need warm clothes, you will. Just not often. Fleece ROCKS since it’s the only thing that doesn’t get damp from the salt air.
Some clothing comments from us now…
This morning, while anchored in Georgetown, SC, we awoke to a boat so cold that we could see our breath. As such, we are very happy that we kept the long underwear and hats/gloves that we used during past ski/snowboard excursions! Rebecca has also commented that she regrets not having kept some “dressier” warm clothing for evenings out (she did keep some for when we get further south). One of our very first sailing purchases was a nice set of Gill foul weather gear and that has been getting a lot of use as of late. Our swim suits have sadly not been getting any use but we anticipate (hope!) that will change in the next month or so.
Don’t forget to pack clothing appropriate for any unscheduled Karaoke events!