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1. ALWAYS take uniform - Especially as a 'shoppie' you will be promised uniform will be ready and waiting when you step on-board but this is not always true. Make sure you pack the basics - a pair of black trousers/skirt, a white shirt/a black shirt, a suit jacket, a black tie and a white t-shirt/a black t-shirt. This might sound like it will take up a lot of your packing space but trust me it will come in useful!
2. You do not need to take towels or bedding - Both of these are provided by the ship.
3. Toiletries - Shampoo, Shower gel, Deodorant.. these all take up a lot of space and weight. I recommend taking sample sizes and hitting the nearest supermarket when you arrive in port.
4. Formal Wear - SOME ships expect their staff to dress for formal evening especially if they work in guest areas. I recommend taking at-least one formal dress or suit.
5. Research your ports before you leave - hot or cold weather? beach or city? Just pack the basics, anything you want to add to your collection or something you have forgotten can always be bought in port.
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What I would do now is listen to the list above, but also add a few little extras of my own, personal, from home items. Such as my blanket, a teddy, photo, memorabilia from home etc. I know I sound like a 4 year old. But this really helped me, especially on home sick days. Taking pictures of my family and friends and a few magnets with me, allowed me to place them around my room from the get go. Meaning I felt a little more at home almost straight away.
I hope this helps!
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Here are some items you’ll want to bring:
Jeans and/or long pants
Sweater/Parka (for cold itineraries)
Shorts and T-shirts
Dressy Casual Outfit
Shoes in accordance with job & uniform and safety requirements
Deodorant and soap
Travel Alarm Clock