Janz Cindy (Philippines) sent me an email…
Hi, Ms. Evelyn!
Just want to say that you have an awesome blog. A number of times have I been here, and always reading your blog all over again. It did help a lot during my application process. And now, I am just waiting for my contract signing with Princess 🙂
1) What size of luggage should I bring (large or cabin size yung puwede sa hand carry)?
2) Clothes to bring (parang alangan pa po ako itanong sa inyo ‘to since I know magdedepende sa route ng barko, pero baka may certain things kayo na dapat hindi ko makalimutan)
3) Is it true na dapat daw po may at least 3 na dalang party dress?
I guess, ‘yan lang po. If ever lang po na may suggestion kayo. Let me know po. Thank you so much 😉
Hi Cindy. Congratulations! And thank you for writing. It’s good to know that my website has been helpful to others. 🙂
Now, to answer your questions…
Checked and carry-on luggage
I travel with 2 pieces of check-in luggage
- 1 medium-sized luggage, with spinner wheels
- 1 small enough for carry-on in the cabin, but expandable and always expanded, and therefore always checked-in
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As of this writing, handcarry luggage is limited to just 1 piece and a maximum of 7 kgs.
Mine is a bulky backpack that holds my documents, netbook computer with its accessories, DSLR and its lens, chargers and travel adapters, 3-1-1 plastic bag for travel toiletries, and my little cuddly traveling companion.
I would recommend against using just 1 piece of large luggage in place of 2 small ones, because that will cost you in excess weight fees — even if that 1 piece is only equal or lesser in weight than 2 small ones combined.
Take my word. I’ve tried it. Never doing that again.
My advice: If you can fit all in 1 medium or small luggage, do it. But do bring a second foldable bag, like a really large gym bag. Remember that you will most likely be buying some stuff in your travels and may need another bag for those. 😉
IMPORTANT: Do NOT pack your DSLR and lenses in your check-in luggage. Always keep them in your handcarry. As for the flash, that can go in the check-in.
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What clothes to bring
Mostly, you’ll be wearing uniform.
Check with Magsaysay or Princess if you need to bring anything to supplement the uniform provided — e.g. black socks, white socks, comfy flat black work shoes or white sneakers, white dress shirt to wear with your evening suit, etc.
I recommend you travel light as much as possible. When you finish your contract you will find that your stuff has multiplied with all the souvenirs you accumulated in your travels.
I travel with…
- 5 pairs of shoes
- black work shoes
- white work rubber shoes
- aqua shoes (for shoots at the beach)
- boots (ideally black and thick, for cold weather outdoor shoots)
- plain black girly shoes (doubles as backup work shoes if my work shoes suddenly die on me, and as dress shoes for rare occasions when I wear my one-and-only dress on very rare evenings off)
- 3 pairs of jeans
- 1 kinda loose
- 1 regular fit
- 1 jeggings
- 1 set of beach/swimwear. Yes, even if you’re not a swimmer or beach lover. Ya never know, your team building activity might be snorkeling or jetskiing in Cabo. 😉
- 1 hoodie
- 1 black trench coat (for chilly weather shoots)
- 1 black frigid weather (winter) jacket
- 1 baseball cap
- 1 white knitted hat for cold weather
- white socks to wear with your day uniform
- black socks to wear with your evening uniform
- Miscellaneous casual clothes, accessories, and undergarments, of course.
Oh yeah, I do bring suits too. But as a newly-hired photographer, you won’t have to worry about having your own suits. Whatever you need for work should be covered by the uniform that Princess will provide.
Handy colors to have in your wardrobe
You will find that black is a handy color to have — as are white and gray. There’s a better chance of your boss letting you wear your own stuff at work if it’s black or some neutral color. Though I can’t say if Princess Cruises will allow it.
Do you need party dresses?
Three party dresses?
Well, unless you are required to wear a party dress at work, you won’t need to bring three dresses.
Keep in mind that you’ll probably be doing some shopping during your contract. 😉
Other people bring so much more — high heels, wedge shoes, sandals, dressy sneakers, fancy boots, little dresses, maxi dresses, separates, denim jackets, leather jackets, puffy jackets, furry jackets, chunky accessories, etc.
Honestly, I don’t know how they pack their luggage. 🙂
If you haven’t yet and you’re a book lover, I recommend switching to ebooks.
Basically, the less weight and mass you pack into your luggage, the better for your sanity and wallet.
I have my priorities, you know. 🙂
Hope that helps. 😉
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