Going on a cruise is something that many people look at as a dream vacation. Packing for a cruise is not so dreamy…it requires some planning and plenty of attention to detail. The real key to packing for a cruise is knowing how to economically use your space. That is, knowing what to pack and what to leave behind. Here are several tips to help you pack for a cruise efficiently:
Bring Your Toiletries – The very last thing you want is to need to buy shampoo or soap on the ship or at ports of call. They will be ridiculously expensive. Yes, the cabins will have low quality options like a hotel, but few people actually want to use them. Bring the ones you use the most. You will be very glad you did.
Pack Light on the Clothes – Cruise ships are generally very economical on laundry charges and dry cleaning. You can have more room for more important things and your clothes will always look excellent. Fifty outfits are not necessary on a cruise ship…just a few of your favorites.
Pack According to the Weather – It might seem obvious, but you still need to consider the weather. For example, you will not bring the same things for an Alaskan cruise that you would on a tropical cruise. Looking ahead to the weather expectations can be helpful as well. Weather can change quickly when you are on the move so being prepared for both extremes is not a bad idea.
Bring More Than One Pair of Shoes – Shoes are extremely important when going on a cruise and often overlooked. You want some waterproof shoes for the deck, dress shoes for dinner and walking shoes for when you leave the boat. A good pair of flip flops are always welcomed as well. You are only as comfortable as your shoes.
Take an Empty Bag with You – Packing an extra bag will help a great deal where souvenirs and other things are concerned. You almost always come back with more than you left with, so an empty bag will help a great deal. This can also serve as a dirty laundry bag while you are there.
Here are some other essentials that often get overlooked when packing for a cruise:
● Camera and Equipment
● Travel Documents/ID
● Two Bathing Suits
● Workout clothes
● Travel Guides for where you are going
● Formal wear for those nights
Certainly this list is not complete, but it is certainly a good start towards getting ready for your first cruise. By following these simple guidelines, you should be well on your way to a great time out on the open ocean!
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