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What to Bring On a Research Cruise

R/V WecomaGoing on a research cruise? Not sure what gear to bring. Here is a list of items the ship will provide and what you should and should not bring on the cruise.
The ship will provide:
  • Three meals a day
  • Coffee, tea, soda pop, snacks, ice cream etc.
  • Bedding, pillows, and towels (Feel free to bring your own)
  • Washing machines and dryers
  • Television and DVD player
  • Books to read
Remember to bring:
  • Passport (mandatory)
  • Watch
  • Alarm clock
  • Toiletries (Soap, Shampoo, Toothbrush, Deodorant, Aspirin, etc.)
  • Sunglasses and hat
  • Warm clothes: Long underwear, fleece, sweater, coat, etc. It is cold out on the ocean.
  • Water proof clothes: I recommend rain pants, rain coat, rain hat or hood, and knee-high waterproof boots. Byron Crump recommends rubber fisherman-style raingear ( and a pair of Muck Boots (
  • Motion sickness patches or other medicine. Some people use the Scopolomine patches because Dramamine and Bonine are not strong enough. Take the time to investigate and purchase motion sickness medicine. It feels pretty lousy.
  • Toiletries and other medicines (soap, shampoo, ibuprofen, moisturizer, etc.)
  • Spare pair of comfy shoes (e.g., slippers, trainers) for inside the boat for when your shift is finished (not those you will use for work in case those gets very wet).
Optional (To fill the time when you are off shift)
  • Shower shoes or flip-flops
  • DVDs - new movies will make everybody happy.
  • iPods or CDs
  • Books
  • Laptop computer
Do not bring:
  • Alcohol or illegal drugs
  • Open toed shoes (these are not allowed in the work areas of the ship)

Video of Wecoma docking, a tour of the sleeping quarters, and the emergency life suit challenge. View more videos of the research cruise at Research Cruise Video Blog.