Pack lite, pack for your position
Work clothes and sensible work shoes. Forget about heavy work boots, all you will do is damage your knees. I use low cut laced redwings. Comfortable and lite. You gotta carry all your gear around, airport to airport if international. Weight costs money. Extra bags cost money. Travel lite
Pack lite, pack for your position
A USB battery pack, most people use their phone as an alarm clock and your nearest charging point may not be near your pit, charge up a USB pack whilst you’re on watch and then you can recharge your phone next to your head whilst you sleep.
If you’re deep sea then a two way sat communicator like a Garmin inReach means you’re not reliant on ships systems of varying quality and availability to keep in touch with home.
A good multi tool and sheath. One where the blade can be opened one handed ideally.
Books are way too heavy. A good e-reader is an excellent investment.
…and turn up late to their watch. Get a small alarm clock.
Why does a smartphone not work perfectly as an alarm clock?
Too many variables, battery, sound settings, automated settings such as DST changes etc. Have had people turn up late because of a stupid phone… well, use an alarm clock. Never been late since I started going to sea. Your G-Shock or Timex works well, too. Or don’t use it. Don’t give a shit. Just my opinion.
Aren’t you just the perfect lil sailor boy.
The iPad I bring is loaded with books as well as charts because they are so easy and quick to download when I find something I want to read right away. So yeah, paper books are superfluous but I bring along one or two anyway.
I don’t have an explanation for it other than to say that I find satisfaction reading books on paper that reading from a screen doesn’t provide. It’s a small luxury I allow myself. Call me old school.
One big disadvantage to e-books is you can’t give it to someone else to read when you’re finished. Or leave it in the ship’s library. Before e-books a lot of the crew would have read the same books.
From a reader’s perspective, I like ship’s libraries or “Irish” libraries full of paper books. From a writer’s perspective, e-books have a monetary advantage over paper. A paper book read by hundreds of people only brings in a royalty for the sale of a single book.
Why don’t you go and sit on a milk crate
Wtf does that even mean?
I think he’s calling you “Waffle ass”
It used to be known as the “NMU lawnchair” if that helps.
Reminds me of an episode in the Persian Gulf when a bunch of us were on working on deck in 120 degree temperature drenched in sweat. One of the OS’s was sitting on a milk crate in the shade.
When we pointed out to him he wasn’t pulling his weight, his response was “I be sweatin’ on the inside.”
When I first started sailing in 1970 at 16, an old AB that mentored many of us kids gave me his ditty bag with palm, needles, wax and twine when he retired. I carried it for 39 years and passed it on to my young cousin when he started sailing.
I’ve been retired 10 years but when I opened my shaving kit, I still have the 71 GM timing tool and Sperry rudder repeat-back couplers that I always carried for 35 years. They got me out of a bind several times.
OMG. You have some gold, have you considered selling?
Back to the main post: a couple of people here said toss clothes after a trip. I do that, too. I soaked a few pair of pants in diesel this year and out they went. I use cheap-o t-shirts. Hit your local thrift store(s). You’ll find a wealth of work clothes there.
I have a Dakine roller duffel that I have used for 5 years now and it’s got a few patched holes, but it’s still a great travel bag. I have 5.11 RUSH 24 backpack I bought on sale that holds the kitchen sink, and that is my carry-on bag.
In third world countries, use the buddy system and wear old clothes to blend in and look like someone not worth targeting for money. And don’t get stinking drunk.