It depends on where I’m working.
I used to do the thrift store thing for jeans but then I started working in the gulf and realized that I don’t hate myself that much. I now only purchase things with life time no hassle guarantees that are quick drying with little to no cotton.
darn tough x8
bucknaked extra long x8
quick dri undershirts from walmart.
These are the only thing I get that don’t have a life time warranty.
for the summer in the Gulf:
MEN’S COOLDRY FIRE HOSE SUMMER WORK PANTS x2
Rest of the year I’ll probably still use thrift jeans… we’ll see this is my first hitch in the gulf.
rain gear left over from USCG that I put reflective tape over.
SUNY MARITIME SWEATSHIRT
Ipad with a shit ton of books and garage band
Chrome book with 1 terabyte external with movies.
Travel guitar (extra: picks/cable/strings)
go pro (haven’t used once)
small little red filtered flashlight for bridge stuff
(I’m slowly building my own toolkit for safety book stuff. So, I’ll be adding to the list)
scrub (3 n 1 shampoo/body wash/conditioner)
razor (5 extra blades)
x1 button up dress shirt
x1 pair of jeans
x2 pairs of gym shorts
x1 gym shirt
x3 low cut socks
x1 of gym pants
I mix all the shirts up for bridge watch.
All told. I probably brought 35lbs of gear including my steel toes for my first hitch.
I fit everything into an REI camping 75 liter pack and all of my electronics in a med. chrome messenger bag.
I’m permanent on this vsl now; so I’ll probably leave all of my work gear minus my boots on the ship.
I seriously don’t understand how people bring more than one bag and one carry on to a ship. Roll aboard luggage is dumb and hard to get up the gangway. In theory, I could just wear boiler suits in entire trip and carry nothing…
Anyway, now that I have my pointy things on the boat, I shouldn’t have to check bags anymore which is a huge relief because I don’t need to worry about losing shit. I’m sure a lot of this would be different if I were tramp shipping but I generally know where the tanker is going and can pack accordingly. Good luck. If this is your first hitch, don’t bring a lot of toys. You should be reading manuals and figuring out where things are.