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Offshore Packing List: Expert Tips from Offshore Professionals

9 February 2024


3 min

Planning for your next offshore trip? Here’s expert advice on what to pack:


  1. Essentials:

Seasick tablets, shower gel, toothpaste, etc. Consider bringing your own duvet cover and sheets for added comfort.

  1. Baggage:

Opt for a couple of gym bags instead of suitcases, as choppers prefer them. Avoid bags with wheels. Pack one for your PPE and another for clothes.

  1. Clothing:

Ensure you have at least 4 days’ worth of underwear and spare clothes, as laundry items can go missing. Include gym gear and spare trainers if you plan to use the gym.

  1. Electronics:

Bring your iPad, phone, laptop, but declare them during check-in. Test electronics offshore before charging. Note: Devices are not allowed outside the plant.

  1. Medications:

Declare any medications at check-in, including vitamins or bodybuilding supplements.

  1. Onboard Purchases:

Carry some cash for onboard purchases at the bond shop, offering snacks, toiletries, and other essentials.

  1. Health and Comfort:

Consider carrying electrolyte drinks, sun cream, and moisturizers for outdoor activities. Purchase high-quality items like safety gear and flashlights if needed.

  1. Personal Effects:

Bring an address book, personal photos, and other comforting items for a homely touch. Consider language barriers when interacting with colleagues.

  1. Hygiene and Comfort Items:

Pack basic hygiene items, comfy pajamas, indoor shoes, and entertainment options like books, podcasts, and music.

  1. Weather Preparedness:

Include a light jacket or sweater for colder living quarters. Be prepared for varying temperatures onboard.

  1. Motion Sickness Prevention:

If prone to motion sickness, consider anti-nausea medication. Stock up on podcasts and offline entertainment due to limited internet access.

  1. Additional Supplies:

Carry extra medicine, shower shoes, towels, and snacks. Avoid chocolate snacks due to melting concerns.



My Offshore Supplies Checklist:

  • Bags: Large duffle bag, laptop bag/backpack.
  • Documents: TWIC card, Safe Gulf/LTGO card, training certificates, passport, driver’s license, and cash.
  • Clothing: Various clothing items including PPE, socks, underwear, and comfortable shoes.
  • Toiletries: Essential toiletries, medications, and hygiene products.
  • Work Hardware: Electronic devices, chargers, and adapters.
  • Recreational: Entertainment options like books, movies, and snacks.


Final Tips:

  • Pack spare clothing to accommodate laundry mishaps.
  • Invest in slip-on shoes and shower flip-flops for comfort and hygiene.
  • Carry necessary cables and extension cords for electronics.
  • Label personal items for easy identification.
  • Keep plenty of gum handy for freshness during your trip.

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