I promised you all that I would show you our provisioning list, and here it is for your viewing pleasure (here is our last one for comparison, in case you are curious). I'm sure there is plenty of stuff I missed that you would bring and visa versa, but provisioning is a very personal thing. For example, Scott and I are - for the most part - pescetarians so we don't have any meat on this list. We eat light, healthy meals that are pretty simple in nature (err...pay no mind to the "snack" portion of that list). We did not completely stockpile our fridge and/or freezer intentionally just in case one or both pooped out on us. I also did not hoard like a doomsday prepper which I unwittingly did on our last trip.
As for provisioning for baby, Isla eats more or less whatever we do (on top of nursing) so I didn't bother with any baby food. What I did bring for her were lots and lots of individually wrapped organic baby snacks that I can keep in my purse when we're ashore because you can never have too many snacks. Ever. This list does not include all our cleaning and laundry supplies, strictly foodstuff. Paper towels are one thing you'll want to stock up on (I saw one roll for $4 in Bimini), we brought 18 rolls.
A few "tips" on how we provisioned/stored our goods:
- Removed all items from cardboard packaging and either put them in Lock & Lock Containers or ziplock bags (usually double bagged). This not only creates more space, but helps to prevent roaches.
- Put bay leaves in all powdered goods to prevent weevils (sugar, flour, etc).
- Stored "like items" together for easy access.
- Used non-skid liners on all shelves and lockers to prevent sliding.
- Took inventory as we loaded so we have a master list that we can reference.
- Stored most everything in plastic bins to a) minimize movement of items when underway and b) contain any spills should they occur.
- Stored many fresh items in our two large gear hammocks hanging in the salon (also good place for chips because they don't break here).
- Made sure to place heavy items low on the boat and made sure that can storage was far away from any compasses (because they are metal and compasses are magnetic, placing them nearby will screw with the compass).
- Washed all produce with a vinegar/water solution that I keep in a spray bottle in the galley.
- Many people wash and label cans, which we did not do this time around, but it bears mentioning.
|Three spice racks in the galley make fantastic spice storage and very easy to reach.|
|This is the right side of our galley cabinet (right side is top photo) where we keep everyday items like condiments, coffee..|
|Looking outboard into our cracker/fruit and "extra" locker|
|Looking down into our pasta/canned good locker|
|This here is looking down into our baked goods/dry instant meal locker|
|And here is our "snack" locker, it's in disarray because we're always reaching in there|