Tip #1: The smaller the bag (even if it’s packed full) the better it looks as you walk down the dock
Tip #2: Pack for the conditions – check the forecast and know what you’re getting into before you leave. No need to pack a jacket and trousers if it’s going to be sunny, warm with light breezes.
Tip #3: No one gives you grief if you’re already wearing the gear. If it’s chilly – put on a fleece before you get on the boat.
A great example for this would be the local Wednesday Night Racing here in Annapolis. Let me show you what my normal kit is:
What I packed:
- Gill Dry Bag
- Light Inshore Jacket
- Rigging Tape
- Personal Gear (keys, wallet, phone) all kept dry