Your first trip offshore can be a daunting experience.

You have an exciting new job, but its in a completely unique environment…and if you don’t pack something you need there’s no popping back home or to the local shop to pick up supplies!

So with that in mind we asked a group of offshore workers to give us their recommendations for packing for your first trip offshore.

What type of bag?

Any large holdall type bag or sports bag will do, but do check with your company HR representative for any size or weight restrictions.


You will need a passport and your Vantage card or equivalent (which will usually be provided at the airport prior to your flight) in order to fly.

It is advisable to carry a copy of your survival and medical certificates with you on each trip.

Work Clothing (For under PPE)

Joggies and good socks! Hiking socks work well, and its good to have a couple of pairs to keep your feet fresh.

Thermal underwear and balaclavas are good for in the winter months when the weather conditions can be quite harsh.

Casual clothing (for off shift)

Nothing fancy, remember it has to go through a boil wash, and you will want to be comfortable.

Joggie bottoms, t-shirt and a hoddie would do fine.

For on your feet – trainers, or Croc type shoes are also popular. Slippers are generally not allowed out-with your room as footwear should have some form of ankle support when worn in communal areas.

You may also want to pack an outfit for the gym in case you fancy going down after shift.


Shower gel, shampoo, toothpaste, toothbrush and deodorant. If you take larger bottles they can usually be left in your locker.

Lip balm (An essential due to the exposed conditions)

First Aid

There is a medical aid available offshore should you require it, but you may want to take a few basics, such as paracetamol, for your room. Looking after your feet is vital so we also recommend taking some tape and second skin to protect against blisters.

If you work shifts and will be doing nights your exposure to natural light may be limited. Taking a vitamin D supplement can not only help with ensuring you stay physically healthy (vitamin D from the sun helps your body to adsorb calcium) but can also help you to maintain a more positive mood when you are not seeing much of the sun.

Be warned some companies may not allow you to take items where the seal has been previously been broken.

Other Bits and Pieces

A tablet or laptop for communicating with home and surfing the web is a life line to most offshore workers – but be aware you may not get your password for using the web on your first trip.

Padlock and keys for your locker (if provided) and an alarm lock. You may be used to using your phone for this now but many rigs do not allow phones and therefore you should take a small battery alarm just in case.

This list has been complied with the help of many offshore workers, to whom we are very grateful, but you should always check your companies policies before flying.