#ShipLife | The Packing List

In less than two weeks I will depart from the United States and fly to the Mediterranean to begin my very first contract working as a host in the entertainment department on a cruise ship.  My contract will last six months; three months in the Mediterranean, three months in the Caribbean.  Not only do I have to pack six months of my life into a suitcase, but I won’t have much storage space in my cabin either, so I have to pack LIGHT!

I decided to make a blog post out of my packing list to not only to add structure to the process, but also to help anyone else who may be thinking of working on a cruise ship.  I will post again after working for several months and let you all know if there is anything I wish I would have brought.

*Note: This is with my cruise line employer in mind.  Check your employer’s uniform standards to verify what you can/cannot wear in front of guests.

Work Clothing
☐ Navy Shorts  ☐ Navy Skirt  ☐ Navy Slacks  ☐ Navy Blazer  ☐ Navy Cardigan  ☐ White Button Up  ☐ Daytime Events Shirt  ☐ Nude/Black Pantyhose  ☐ Formal Night Gown

Off-Duty Guest Facing Clothing
☐ Black Skirt  ☐ Black Slacks  ☐ Black Blazer  ☐ Long-Sleeved Dress Shirt (2)  ☐ Short-Sleeved Dress Shirt (2)  ☐ Professional Dress (2)  ☐ Black Pea Coat  ☐ Black Light Jacket

Port Clothing
☐ Dark Jeans  ☐ Light Jeans  ☐ Jean Shorts  ☐ Printed Shorts  ☐ Flowy Shorts  ☐ Long-Sleeved Shirt (2)  ☐ Tank Tops (3)  ☐ Rompers (2)  ☐ Sun Dresses (2)  ☐ Bathing Suit (2)  ☐ Bathing Suit Cover-up  ☐ Sun Hat  ☐ Ball Cap  ☐ Printed Leggings  ☐ Going-Out Top (3)  ☐ Going-Out Dress

Misc. Clothing
☐ Workout Pants (3)  ☐ Workout Tank Tops (3)  ☐ Workout Shorts (2)  ☐ Sports Bra (3)  ☐ Warm Athletic Jacket  ☐ Light Athletic Jacket  ☐ Underwear (2 weeks worth)  ☐ Socks (2 weeks worth)  ☐ Bra (2)  ☐ Bralette (2)  ☐ Black Leggings  ☐ Halloween Costume  ☐ Christmas Sweater

Shoes
☐ Deck Shoes (no-slip)  ☐ Black Heels  ☐ Black Flats  ☐Navy Flats  ☐ Nude Heels  ☐ White Converse  ☐ Running Shoes  ☐ Tan Sperry’s  ☐ Black Boots  ☐ Brown Boots  ☐ Sandals (2)

Bags
☐ Large Backpack  ☐ Small Backpack  ☐ Small Purse  ☐ Beach Bag  ☐ Camelback  ☐ Large Collapsible Suitcase  ☐ Collapsible Carry On Suitcase

Electronics
☐ Computer & Charger  ☐ Cell Phone & Charger  ☐ Portable Speaker  ☐ Go Pro & Accessories  ☐ Portable Battery  ☐ Portable External Hard Drive  ☐ Headphones (2)  ☐ USB Drive (2)  ☐ Portable CD/DVD Player

Work-Related Documents
☐ Sea-going Agreement  ☐ Offer Letter  ☐ Passport  ☐ Seaman’s Book  ☐ Travel Visas  ☐ Printed Physical Exam  ☐ Plane Ticket  ☐ Travel Letter

Cosmetics
☐ Make-up  ☐ Jewelry  ☐ Hair Curler  ☐ Hair Straightener  ☐ Hair Dryer  ☐ Shampoo/Conditioner  ☐ Face Wash  ☐ Hairspray  ☐ Toothbrush  ☐ Toothpaste  ☐ Tweezers  ☐ Nail Clippers  ☐ Nail Polish  ☐ Sunglasses (2)

Miscellaneous Items
☐ Reusable Water Bottle  ☐ Travel Mug  ☐ Tupperware  ☐ 3lb. 3M Hooks (6)  ☐ 5lb. 3M Hooks (3)  ☐ First Aid Kit  ☐ Stationary Kit  ☐ Stamps  ☐ Envelopes  ☐ Local Currency  ☐ Padlock  ☐ Air-pump  ☐ Sunscreen  ☐ Bug Spray

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