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    Hi Everyone,

    I wrote an article linked to a spreadsheet that I had prepared before I joined OC, and it has been used elsewhere, but as it may be useful to many of you I have put it on here for you to read and download. Whilst there are two other articles linked in some way to the same matter from GuinnessMan entitled "Joining Ship" and another one by The H entitled "What should I pack", they all have a slightly different approach to covering similar things about going away for the first time. Read them all, they might help.

    My thanks to Size4riggerboots for putting it up in the articles section.

    http://www.officercadet.com/content....to-take-to-sea

    As it says in the article, there is no right or wrong to your packing list, but hopefully you may use this as a basis for discussion or even to download and modify the spreadsheet for yourself. The spreadsheet is at the bottom of the article. Feel free to use it.

    Hope it helps someone.

    Regards,

    Ian.
    "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
    "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

    "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.

  • #2
    When I did my first trip, I took pretty much everything and maxed out the limits (40kg + handbaggage). Now I can do a 4 month trip with a max size hand carry rollerboard. Laptop = most important item though!

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    • #3
      I used to as well. But we did have college work, Nories tables, sextant, full uniform including cap. Things are easier these days as you have to take less. I don't suppose people even have to take rotring pens and ink for chart corrections these days.

      Ian.
      "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
      "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

      "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.

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      • #4
        Sextants would probably be relegated to the hold when flying out to the ship now (security theatre...), so would probably be destroyed. Nories tables should be onboard, if not can be installed on the iphone! :-) Chart correction kits should all be onboard, most chart suppliers allow you to order them with folio updates.
        Uniform, depends where you work really, some supply it onboard, some go without and some give you far too much.

        A few points for reducing weight: jeans are heavy, so take cargo pants, much lighter. Most books are available in kindle or ebook format. Toiletries, either available onboard or can be bought in port or en-route to the ship. You don't need to take any navigation equipment really, it should all be onboard. Portfolio/exercise book, certificates, documents and laptop should all be in hand baggage.

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        • #5
          Certianly the last time i had to fly with a sextant there was no issue about it in hand luggage, (maybe 3/4 years ago but after all the security whoha) it does take a huge amount of space in your hand luggage sadly and as there should be one on the ship theres not really much need to carry it.

          on the other hand if anyone wants to buy a decent one to practice with
          you can take it with a pinch of salt, but i prefer it with a nip of whisky

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          • #6
            Hi guys,

            Tonight I have been into Tesco's armed with vouchers for their Wenger luggage promotion and bought all of the luggage that my son needs for sea. Have to say I have bought other Wenger luggage before and the tesco's stuff is more of an economy range. However I think it is good enough for the money and to be honest Wenger would not put their name to it if it was garbage. I think it still has the Wenger limited lifetime warranty.

            Bought the 24" suitcase, Messenger bag for college and laptop hand luggage, washbag, and he already had a Wenger Briefcase trolley from Costco, which is better than the Tesco offering, but similar. He also opted to have the sports bag for weekends and the Induction week.

            Don't worry if you have not got vouchers, you can buy them of fleabay from people who have obviously managed to relieve Tesco's of many books of the things, who knows, could even be people who work for them...nudge, nudge, wink, wink.

            A search for tesco's luggage offer will soon show you a list of all you can get. Personally I would ignore the RRP but I think it is value at the discounted price.

            We have some spare vouchers if it will help someone.

            Ian
            "Any damn fool can navigate the world sober. It takes a really good sailor to do it drunk." - Sir Francis Chichester.
            "Waves are not measured in feet or inches, they are measured in increments of fear." - Buzzy Trent

            "Careers at Sea" Ambassador - Experience of General Cargo, Combo ships, Tanker, Product Carrier, Gas Carrier, Ro-Ro, Reefer Container, Anchor Handlers.

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