How to Pack for 6 Months at Sea


Hallelujah it fits. I can’t lift my bag, but miracles don’t work if you’re greedy about them. Keeping with tradition, I decided to pack last minute so my day passed a furious frenzy of anger, anxiety, and self-pity. Yet people refuse to believe me when I say I’m a lousy packer. I’ve lived out of a suitcase for two years and can do an army roll like a seasoned marine, but I am always inadequately prepared and entirely unhappy at the end of my packing endeavors.

This time was different. At long last, my days as a packing wizard have arrived. I have the utmost confidence in my too-small-for-sea duffel bag which will carry me through the next 6 months. Despite minimal clothes and too many Battlestar Galactica DVDs, I have declared an end to my packing. So let this list attest to the culmination of many stressful decisions and careful considerations!


  1. 1 pair of jeans
  2. 1 pair of leggings
  3. 2 pairs of athletic shorts
  4. 1 pair of sweatpants
  5. 4 t-shirts
  6. 3 tank tops
  7. 2 sweaters
  8. 1 Pull-over
  9. 1 hoodie
  10. 1 rain jacket
  11. Uniform Items (3 pairs black pants, 2 khaki pants, 1 pair khaki shorts, 3 t-shirts, 4 polo’s, 1 fleece, 3 button downs, black sneakers, white sneakers)
  12. Hat, scarf, gloves
  13. Bathing suit
  14. Hmm, this is starting to seem like a lot.


  1. Every motion sickness pill from here to Timbuktu
  2. Painkillers
  3. Dayquil
  4. Ginger chews (candy also counts as meds)


  1. Hiking boots
  2. Rain boots
  3. Sneakers
  4. Flip flops
  5. Boat shoes


  1. Too many to list. But was economical in cutting out nail polish.


  1. Passport, wallet
  2. Nikon d5500 Camera and accessories
  3. Laptop and charger
  4. Phone and charger
  5. Battery powered alarm clock
  6. Sunglasses
  7. Tissues
  8. Stationary
  9. Gum
  10. Umbrella
  11. Brush, hair ties, and bobby pins
  12. 2 books
  13. Messages in a bottle
  14. Water bottle
  15. Captain’s telescope
  16. Sailor hat
  17. Corn cob pipe
  18. A sleeping cat
  19. All the seasons of Battlestar Galactica. The remake.

Look at the list! Pretty impressive if I do say so myself. Now that I’m lounging in my hotel room in Syracuse waiting for my 6am flight to Seattle, I am starting to obsessively think about what I may be forgetting.

Gah my loofa.


5 thoughts on “How to Pack for 6 Months at Sea

  1. Being in the same house as the packing was underway, I can attest to the misery this day-long procedure inspired. It was fun for all! Just bring back the Battlestar Gallactica DVDs (and yourself) safely, Hayley Chwazik-Gee.

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