The routine before setting out on a leg is pretty much the same all the way around. The day before a leg start, there's a ton to do. You have all of your worldly possessions in one suitcase and one briefcase, which will be flown to the next port. Packing these bags is really hard: there isn't a square inch to be wasted. You have all of today's modern technology along with appropriate plug converters for each country. You have to be equipped for cold and warm and wet and dry weather. You have to have fancy clothes for sponsor events and award ceremonies, and your workout clothes for the gym. Plus, you will have whatever clothing and gear you aren't taking on that particular leg in the bag. It takes a long time to get this organized.
Next is figuring out what goes into the small, waterproof bag that goes onboard the boat. Ours are custom designed to be as light as possible, and there are pockets on the outside for iPods and a toothbrush, and maybe a few things that remind you of home. Inside, you have to cram approximately three weeks of gear for just about every condition you could imagine. After doing a bit of homework on the expected weather on the leg, I take a shot at what I might really need, but the basics include the following: