We've all seen them, the sea bags that come from
a crew member's previous military service or a sweet deal at the
surplus store. They're durable and easy to stow but sometimes
it's hard to fit all of your gear into one without some wasted
space. It's also handy to know how to pack one if you're shipping a
departed buddy's gear back to his house for him. It never
fails. You can show up to the boat with one bag and when they
send it back to you, it turns out to be one bag and three boxes.
Try this out and use every bit of space available in a sea bag.
First, you roll the sea
bag down like a big condom. That's right. That sounds a little
coarse, but it's the best example of how to do it without going into
a lengthy discussion. The picture below is a good idea of how the bag
should look before you start.
Then you begin placing your clothing into the
bag. This one has a few items in it. As you can see, you
should work in a shallow area packing the clothes into the small
space with no empty places. The shallow bag is easier to work
in since you don't have to reach in all the way up to your arm pit.
As you fill in the space, roll the bag up a
little at a time to make more room, packing tightly as you go.
Soon you'll have a bag that looks like this.
If you get all of the soft clothing packed in
tight, you'll have room at the top of the bag for your shaving kit,
boots, and other odd sized items. Give this a try and see if
it doesn't help you fit more of what you need for your hitch into
one small space.