Cruise Packing Tips to Help Make your Vacation Unforgettable

Posted May 14th, 2012

If you are planning on going on a cruise for the first time, some cruise packing tips might be exactly what you need to get the most out of it. A cruise can be one of the most enjoyable holidays in your entire life, and knowing what to carry onboard is essential in order to avoid any unnecessary inconveniences.

First of all, you need to take into consideration your destination, as this will determine what type of clothing you are likely to use more often. For example, if you are going on an Alaska cruise, you will need more cold weather clothing like jackets and sweaters. But, if you are going on a Caribbean cruise you will not need any kind of cold clothing, so you will have more space for swimmers and casual wear.

The amount of time you are going to spend onboard is also important. A 3 day cruise will require way less clothing than a week long one. You should also consider the itinerary of the ship too. Some will spend more time at sea than others, and that means you can spend more time in the pool and you may need more swimmers. When cruises are in port often, you are more likely to spend the time exploring the new area than staying by the pool.

All of these are general considerations to take into account when packing for your cruise, but we do have some handy packing tips you might also want to consider:

  1. Make a list of the things you are going to take with you so you don’t forget or lose anything
  2. Carry at least one pair of shoes for formal activities and another pair for casual wear
  3. Label your luggage with a unique tag so you are able to identify it quickly to prevent any luggage mix ups
  4. Carry sea sickness medication with you just in case
  5. Take at least one formal suit or dress with you. Seven day cruises usually have 1 to 2 formal nights so plan for those occasions
  6. Don’t forget your toothbrush, toothpaste, shampoo, hairbrush etc.
  7. One of the most important cruise packing tips is to make sure you have your cruise ticket, passport and credit card before leaving home
  8. Bring some cash with you for when you are in port
  9. In terms of clothing you can bring a couple pair of jeans, enough underwear for the duration of the cruise, sandals, closed shoes, a couple of t-shirts and tops and some shorts or skirts for those hot days
  10. Depending on your priorities, bringing a cell phone and charger could be important items to pack
  11. Bring a couple laundry bags for your dirty clothes
  12. Lastly  - try bring a small portable iron in case your clothes get wrinkles and you need them to look good for formal nights.

Remember that good planning can make it a holiday of a lifetime!

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