What’s in my travel bag: Dee Caffari

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Dee Caffari still has an unquenchable thirst for adventure despite having already sailed around the world five times. The 43-year-old is also the first woman to have sailed single-handedly and non-stop around the world in both directions.


Caffari, born in Hertfordshire, England, has her sights set on competing in the 2017–18 Volvo Ocean Race. The Volvo Ocean Race challenge means no home comforts – and little sleep – for up to nine months. “When we’re racing we have to be super-organised because you have one relatively small bag that goes to every stopover with you,” Caffari explains. “I would say I have mastered the art of travelling light. The preference is to take a soft case because it’s easier to stack and pack, and there’s obviously a weight limit as well. It’s a holdall-style bag similar to what you would put in an overhead locker on a plane.”


I like the Nook because of the illumination you can get, especially when you don’t always have a bedside light. I have quite an eclectic taste – I love thrillers, all-action heroes, etc., and the e-reader has also allowed me to read some classics that I probably wouldn’t have carried around with me.


I have music on my iPod for every occasion, and every weather system. I quite like that background noise. We carry iPods with us on the boat when we’re having down time in our bunks. Sometimes I also use it to make notes and keep a record of what’s going on.


I use this laptop because it’s lightweight and easy to travel with. At every stop I’ve got to empty my inbox because people forget that I’m away at sea and unable to check my emails. It’s definitely multipurpose – to catch up with my family and friends and also to watch movies for that little bit of escapism.


You’re so cut off from everyday life that there are a few essentials I never travel without. A supply of Earl Grey tea bags is certainly one of those. You stop in all corners of the world and you can’t always get a decent cup of tea, and that’s very important to me.

For more information about the 2017–18 Volvo Ocean Race, visit: volvooceanrace.com

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