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    Hi Guys,
    Just a quick question. I'm a phase 1 Cadet and my first sea phase starts at the beginning of July. I'm am starting to buy stuff now to take away with me so I don't leave it till last minute. I was wondering if anybody had any advice on what bags to takes away, which ones they use.

    Thanks Adam

  • #2
    Hi Adam,

    These two articles should be of use.

    Here I sit, remembering my first trip to sea, and all the things I took that I did not need, and all the things I should have taken that nobody told me about. So my son, who is just about to start his cadetship, turns around and says ?Dad, what will I need to take away to sea?? I got to work and produced a spreadsheet. Then came the inevitable questions of ?why that?? so I started adding notes. By the end it was a work of art and I got to thinking ?How many cadets do not have the luxury of an ex seafarer to help them or an adult with too much time on their hands and a passion for doing things to the nth degree and getting things spot on?? The spreadsheet actually prints out on a single sheet and is split up into
    Pointy bit is the front, blunt bit is the back... Simples!

    Will work for money/sea time.


    • #3

      I have one of these though sometimes I wish I had a wheeled bag instead. Its good for joining ships by launch, lots of handles for them to hoist it up by rope with.

      My hand luggage has backpack style straps too, for joining ships by gangway. I try to take as much as I can with me on the plane.
      Former TH cadet with experience of cruise ships, buoy tenders, research ships and oil tankers


      • #5
        2 of these go with me


        • #6
          If you're feeling strong, pick up yourself an army deployment bag. They're within limits for airlines, have straps for carrying on your back, and cost about ?20 from eBay and you can pick them up for less in surplus shops. And they're virtually indestructible!
          Ex-South Shields Cadet

          Currently trying to pass exams...

          Follow me on Instagram if you like pictures of coffee, bay plans and Jotun paint : @jacobontheground


          • #7
            If you are working offshore and there is any chance of joining / leaving by helicopter then you need to be thinking about a medium sized grip bag as anything else may not be accepted on the chopper.
            Go out, do stuff


            • #8
     apparently designed for helicopter max size. I was recommended to buy this by a friend working offshore as I will be joining AHTS ships very soon and have been warned that there is a possibility to end up on a helicopter when you least expect it and may need to dump excess gear.


              • #10
                One of them plus carry-on?


                • #11
                  Hi all,
                  I just have a quick question for previous sea goers. I am starting my first sea phase in September. I cant wait for the time to come around, i have been gathering some items for when i go to sea, I have been reading the list that someone has kindly provided on this site. I am joining in china on a cruise ship, my company have said that there is uniforms waiting on board ship for when i join. I know i have to bring my normal uniform to sea, talking to previous people, they have said i should pack light because i will have to bring back the couple other uniforms that the company supply on board.

                  My question is the bag situation, i have a hard case 24 inch suitcase at the moment and a basic carry on luggage bag, i was thinking of buying another 24 inch hard case one to bring with me but would that be to much bags?

                  Thanks for your help


                  • #12
                    Your luggage allowance should be a total of 40kg and 2 checked bags. With a carry on bag on top of that, but best to have that confirmed by your company.
                    Go out, do stuff


                    • #13
                      That being said, for a 2+ month trip just one suitcase and a hand carry should be enough. Remember you will have to carry this around, need to carry it up and down gangways or accommodation ladders, or possibly joining at anchor you'll be taking it with you on the tender.
                      What uniform do you need to take out with you if uniform is already being provided onboard?


                      • #14
                        Thanks, i was told that i may have to bring a few white shirts with epaulette holders and trousers, they provide dinner jackets, khaki uniform and other bits. I will have to ask the company to confirm the weight of my baggage allowance. thanks guys for your help


                        • #15
                          I would highly reccommend a duffel-bag style case instead of a hard case. Your cabin won't be huge, and folding your bags flat saves a lot of room compared to having a hard case.

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