One bag for I-didn’t-know-how-many nights on a boat

September 10, 2017 - Comment

The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures. Here’s a kinda different scenario for you all. I recently had to spend “up to five days” on detachment on a navy ship for a pass-or-lose-my-job kind of qualification. I needed two other bags but they were dedicated strictly to work-related equipment. All of this was

The One Bag Traveler recommends Gear, Destinations and Adventures.

Here’s a kinda different scenario for you all. I recently had to spend “up to five days” on detachment on a navy ship for a pass-or-lose-my-job kind of qualification. I needed two other bags but they were dedicated strictly to work-related equipment. All of this was owned before I figured out onebagging as a travel goal, this sub inspired the loadout.

What I had and how it worked…

Clothing:

  • 3 Soffe uniform undershirts – You get pretty sweaty doing my job. I wasn’t going to wash/dry anything. I just wanted to be ready with a fresh shirt every day. I’m looking into wool for deployments but the itching and durability may not be worth it and I will have laundry available. However, the survival benefit may be worth it for a worst-case scenario. It was exactly what I needed.

  • Civvies – Uniqlo Heattech Shirt, longsleeve. Has been my one layer for snowboarding, good in hot weather too. Smartwool no-show socks. Not pictured: prAna stretch Zion shorts. Cushe shoes. Rainbow flip flops. – Only needed the shorts for trip to the shower. Civvies were just a contingency. Flip flops were bought a long time ago to try out, turns out I hate wearing flipflops. They were my shower shoes.

  • Workout gear – UnderArmour shirt and uniform PT shorts. Didn’t need those either. Had no time anyway, and workouts would have distracted from the whole reason I was out there.

  • Misc – Extra smartwool socks to fly with. Good to have, my smartwool tends to stink for much longer than advertised. I have nasty foot sweat. ExOfficio underwear… I’m a go-commando/sleep naked kinda guy. Didn’t want to sleep naked around other people so the underwear is the most comfortable solution for modesty. It was satisfactory.

Bag+MOLLE Pouches:

  • Maxpedition Falcon II. 23L. Super sturdy, multiple sections for organization, MOLLE all over for pouches. It’s been my go-to bag for much of my travel. Biggest downside is I’m a tall guy, most of my clothes and shoes take up 20-50% more space than the average dude. I would be better served by a similar bag that’s about 30L. Fit everything with room to spare.

  • Camelbak bottle pouch with Nalgene inside – water and ice are available everywhere on boats, so the bottle goes with me.

  • Custom phone sleeve – I use this when spending a lot of time on foot, didn’t need it.

  • Camera pouch – repurposed as a dopp kit.

Toiletries

  • GoToobs, 2oz each. Each one will last over a week. They were less than half-full before I left, still plenty to go. Afterward I made a paracord sling for them because carrying them in a bag that I had to keep dry was cumbersome.

  • REI microfiber towel. Thought I would need it, the bathtowel sufficed.

  • Misc shit and cheap bath towel (not pictured)

Other:

  • Surface Pro 3 – carried my music for moto and training videos and documents. My phone would have sufficed but it’s been having battery issues.

  • Graphic novel – didn’t have time or desire to read it. Sleep was more important.

  • Muji 3-color Pen with Mech Pencil and Moleskine notebook to satisfy the EDC types. I rarely use that notebook.

  • Det patches to gift to people on the boat. One pictured ’cause I gave away the rest.

What I will do different for the future:

Further detachments and deployments will be longer. I still intend on one-bagging to the max extent but concessions will have to be made for bringing things to make the boat more comfortable.

  • Packable shoes – Cushe are good but not packable. I love my OluKai shoes ’cause they can double as slippers, but the latest I have are falling apart. Likely to get a new pair but also considering Lems/Astral.

  • Shower shoes that aren’t flipflops – I. HATE. FLIP FLOPS.

  • Linen bathrobe and towel – Robe means I don’t need to get dressed to go to the head. Linen has low stink and quick drying like wool but with a ton more durability.

  • Stuff sacks and packing cubes – I couldn’t find my stuff sacks but they would have saved me from losing my headphones on my last trip to the boat.

  • New headphones – 🙁

  • Hard drive with various entertainment – not only is it good for morale and free time, it’s like currency on the boat.

  • Packable pillow – The ones on the boat suck. No good for side-sleepers.

  • A blanket – the sheets suck too.

  • Blackout curtains for the rack – yup, boat ones suck too.

  • Mattress padding – yeah, that too. Getting good sleep is a pain on the boat. Always noise from somewhere. It can be downright dangerous to be tired depending on what you do or where you have to be. Anything to minimize that risk would be great.

The big takeaway

In the end, I would suggest and will treat trips to the boat like I am going to set up a basecamp out of one bag. Deployments are another monster and will take more gear. The name of the game is to maximize comfort and make movement about the ship or to port calls quick and convenient.

submitted by /u/Turkstache
[link] [comments]

http://www.onebagtraveler.com

——————————–

Comments

Comments are disabled for this post.