Packing for life at sea

What’s the one thing you would want to have with you if you were stranded on a desert island? How do you live without the rest?

While the JR is definitely not a desert island (it does have a movie lounge, workout room, library, and 120 inhabitants, after all), there certainly isn’t a Starbucks or even a grocery store on the corner, so whatever you need for two months, you’ve got to bring with you. And while I get to take much more than just one thing along, I am still limited by space, weight and the amount that I can realistically carry from Vancouver to Toronto to Barbados and onto the ship! I’d like to share three things I’m bringing that really got me thinking about life at sea.

1. My brand-shiny-new steel-toed work boots. I am so excited to get inside the JR and see how everything works! From the rig floor to the catwalk to the science labs, there is so much to learn on such a big, busy ship. And steel-toed boots mean that I’m going to be right there with the people who do this all the time: bringing up a core, watching on the bridge or in the engine control room, or helping out in the core lab.

sttel-toed shoes

2. My super-cool JOIDES Resolution Flip video camera. First of all, how cool is that…an official JR video camera? I feel like a part of the crew already. I am really looking forward to getting to know the people, jobs, science and fun on the JR, and my handy little Flip will let me share it with everyone who can’t be there with me. There will be a film crew onboard with me making a documentary during our expedition, so this little camera won’t really compare to their equipment, but it will sure help me capture those everyday moments that pass by so quickly!

flip video camera

3. 60 individually-wrapped Starbucks espresso pods. I have to admit, I really like a white chocolate mocha in the morning. Every morning. When I’m at home, I make them myself; when I’m traveling, I will go to great lengths to search out a Starbucks or other local espresso bar to fill my cup. But on the ship, I’m on my own. I happen to know that there are, thankfully, a few espresso machines onboard, so I have packed my coffee and my white chocolate mocha syrup and I’m good to go!

starbucks pods

I don’t know if I could survive 60 days at sea with just what’s on this list, but I definitely wouldn’t be happy without them! What would you just have to pack for an expedition on the JR?


was it hard to leave your

was it hard to leave your family? how long did it take you to pack? why did you pack the things you did? what happens if you forget to pack something you really need?
-Annie E

A little bit

Hi Annie, I was sad to leave my family behind at home, but I knew that I would be meeting some really incredible people and learning some cool science, so I was excited to come on this expedition. I will miss them while I'm gone, but I can still talk to them on the phone, and write emails every day. I can even post pictures on the JOIDES Resolution facebook page for them to see! It took me several days to pack, because I wanted to make sure I would have everything I needed while I was out here. If I had forgotten something, I might have been able to buy it in Barbados, or I would have to ask around on the ship to see if I could borrow it from someone onboard. There is no mail or anything when we're out at sea, so if we don't have it onboard, we just don't have it!

Hi Jennifer, We're (my class)

Hi Jennifer, We're (my class) looking forward to sharing the expedition with you from the Internet. Have a great time!! Say hi to Amanda for me! Jackie Kane JR 327, AT18-07

thanks, jackie!

good to hear from you! i will say hi to can see her in the video on the newest blog entry.



Just WAIT 'til you see that espresso machine. It rivals any machine in a real coffee shop--pretty amazing. I'm a 1 mocha a day woman and it was no problem to keep up with my addiction (actually I could make better coffee than I do at home where I just have the consumer variety espresso machine). BTW Jenn, I am so excited you're on the ship! I was onboard for the Bering Sea expedition and I remember you from when you directed Camp Habitat when I worked at the Northern Center. It IS a small world after all... Have fun! ps Did you download and assemble the paper JR model for your son? Mine loved his while I was on the ship.

small world!

it's such a small world...i'm always running into people from all over from my past experiences. i'm glad you're able to follow along on this expedition. i found the espresso machine and am in love. delicious mochas daily! and thanks for the reminder about the paper JR model...i left it with my husband and he's going to make it with my son! great idea!