There’s a lot of advice on packing for a cruise out there, and it’s all good – but, what are the most essential tips and tricks? Here are three that we think are absolute musts:
Put some thought into what to pack (and start well in advance of your cruise). Look at the length of your cruise, the expected weather, and your ship’s dress code before you decide what to pack. Remember, clothes storage space will be limited, so you need to be selective with your wardrobe. And, all cruise ships have laundry services: some are self-service, others will do your laundry for a fee.
Put some thought into how to pack. Look at your luggage: Can it hold everything you need, or do you need to invest in something new? If you’ll fly to your ship and back, check the luggage weight and size restrictions for your airline, as well as fees for extra or overweight bags. That may help you pack less!
Put essential items in your carry-on bag. After you check your bags at the dock, it may be several hours before they are delivered to you. Think about what you’ll want to do during that time – change to lighter clothing, jump in the hot tub, take photos, stretch out in a lounge chair and read – and put what you’ll need into your carry-on bag, along with essential medications and documents.
Now that you know the most essential packing tips, here are some fun ones that will enhance your comfort onboard:
If you love coffee, bring your own mug. Cruise ships tend to serve coffee in small cups. But, you can bring your own – and a non-breakable travel mug with a top will help prevent spillage while you’re strolling the deck, too.
Get organized. Bring a lightweight organizer that can hang on a door – the kind with plastic pockets. This packs easily, and you can use it to keep track of sunscreen, hairbrushes and accessories, toothbrushes and much more.
Bring a few hangers. Cruise ship staterooms don’t have as many hangers as you might like. Get some inexpensive, space-saving hangers, which will take up little room in your bag. And, if you need a little extra space on the way home, you can just leave them behind.
Anita, Your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert, is sure to have more packing tips and tricks – be sure to ask!
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