Rigging up: How to pack for a month drilling oil

Or for a month stuck anywhere, really.

oil rig supplies
Good boots, good entertainment.Peter Oumanski

Neil Deemers, technical superintendent of The Pacific Sharav, regularly spends 28 days on the oil rig anchored in 12,000-feet-deep water off the Gulf Coast. These are his essentials.

1. Toothbrush and Toothpaste

Skipping one night’s dental scrub is bad. Multiply that 28 times.

2. A Good Paperback

On the 90-minute helicopter ride out to the rig, Deemers catches up on his reading. Currently: Steven Callahan's memoir Adrift, about surviving 76 days alone at sea in a life raft.

3. Pocket Flashlight

Deemers carries flashlights with waterproof plastic casings, never metal; no one wants sparks from a dropped metal flashlight reaching all that oil.

4. USB Stick

For on-rig entertainment, Deemers never forgets a USB drive loaded with his favorite movies and TV shows.

5. Protective Footwear

Sturdy, steel-toed boots ensure his feet are comfortable, but also safe from any heavy falling objects.

This article was originally published in the May/June 2017 issue of Popular Science.