On my last post, I shared that I will be going on a wonderful, long anticipated sailing trip to the South Pacific, specifically, French Polynesia and The Cook Islands. This will be an offshore sail training expedition so I may experience for myself what it is like to be out on a sailboat way far from land.
To get ready for this trip, I knew I needed to prepare for it physically. Here is what I have done to prepare:
Fitness-I took my spine doc’s advice and joined a gym to work out, then hired a personal trainer, too. We focused on the areas that needed strengthening, and my arms are now very toned. I feel great! I also increased my aerobics, and now I am doing sprints, too.
Coffee- One theory is that coffee contributes to sea sickness, so we are told to go off the java before the trip. Loving my morning coffee as I do, especially when it is lovingly prepared by Joe, I weaned myself off of coffee slowly, to avoid the dreaded caffeine withdrawal headaches.
Expedition Supplies- You are provided a long list of what you need to bring with you. Here are just a few supplies from the list: Foul weather sailing jacket (photo above), chest harness and tether, Headlight, alarm for standing watch, waterproof watch, polarized sailing glasses, packtowels, flat sheets, pillowcases, backpack and duffel. Optional items I am bringing include my GoPro camera, a small Kindle Fire for reading, and my snorkel and mask. Btw, Love my watch- a Baby G:
Medical Supplies- You must partner with your physician and bring along antibiotics, anti-fungal pills, and of course, Rx for seasickness. Plus any regular Rx, too. This takes some pre-planning, but it helps if your doctor likes to sail, too.
Clothes- you are very limited by how much clothes you can bring. I will be bringing 5 pairs of sport shorts or my favorite white and black petal skorts from Athleta:
Add on sports bras, swimsuits, shoes, and tops, plus we have to bring a long skirt or dress to be culturally sensitive and 3 hats, plus a long tech shirt for the sun.
Did I mention that the total weight for all items together must be lower than 30 pounds? I freely admit that this is the hard part for me. To that end, I have been searching out shorts and clothes that are very lightweight, so that I might be able to bring a few more clothes along. My favorite shoe I am bringing is from Merrill’s Barefoot collection and my Teva’s:
Both pairs are lightweight, and comfy. To help save weight when packing, I bought a bunch of Eagle Packing cubes to organize my supplies in.
Ok, you get the idea that I had to prepare way ahead of time for this trip. Joe tells me it will be the trip of a lifetime, based on his experience sailing betweem Fiji and Vanautu last year. I can’t wait!!! From adventurous Carla