Packing for a cruise can be frustrating, especially if you’ve never cruised before. But with this handy list, you’ll be prepared and ready to cruise like a pro!
1. Contact lens/Eyewear care
This may seem like a no-brainer, but woe is you if you need contact solution or storage cases. Sometimes the gift shop has them, sometimes not. And depending on where you are traveling, vendors may not have them on hand.
Let’s not even talk about replacement lenses! (Be safe and bring an extra pair.)
2. One formal outfit
Every line does something different, and gone are the days where formal wear was required for at least one night of the trip. But most sailings still have a night where formal wear is suggested, and they have all those backdrops strategically placed around the ship to capture your frame-worthy portrait. You definitely want to be ready.
3. Comfortable shoes
More than likely, you’ll be disembarking and visiting a port city or two. Make sure you have the appropriate footwear for a proper exploration.
4. Ipod or MP3 Player AND Headphones
Sure, poolside hits spun by the DJ totally rock! But he doesn’t work 24/7, and sometimes you need the comfort of your favorite song.
And don’t forget to bring headphones! Because not everyone wants to hear your hits.
5. Small tote bag/purse
Shore excursions mean souvenir shopping! And unless you have pockets in every outfit, you’ll want a simple way to carry your phone/camera and key card while on board.
6. Small travel alarm clock/flashlight
Clocks are not a standard amenity in most cabins. Now you might not really care what time it is, or be more intent on disconnecting vs staying on a schedule. But if you want to maximize your time in port by disembarking early, or catch a specific show, having a clock can come in real handy. And having a flashlight for accessing the bathroom in the middle of the night beats fumbling around in unfamiliar territory any day.
7. Deck of playing cards/travel board games
Those sea days can get long, and you’ll want some items on hand to pass the time in between structured activities. This is especially crucial if you have kids.
Now, for what to leave at home…
Pets are not allowed on board, unless they are service animals.
2. Clothes Iron/Hair Dryer
The #1 risk at sea is fire, and Irons left unattended can pose a serious risk. Most ships do not allow them on board, but offer a laundry and pressing service for those that need it.
For hair drying, rest assured that there will be one available in your stateroom.
3. Liquor or Beer
These will.be confiscated as you try to board, as most cruise lines do not allow you to bring them on. Don’t worry; your favorite liquor should be available at one of the many bars onboard, and many cruise lines are now taking care to stock an assortment of craft beers.
Opt for an e-reader, or download some titles to your phone or tablet. It will be lighter and more handy (just don’t forget your charger!).
Trust in this: there will be no shortage of food at sea. Have special dietary needs? Alert the cruise line well in advance, and know that they can meet the needs of those suffering from most food allergies and/or dietary constraints.
A vacation at sea should be one of rest, relaxation and fun! Taking a few careful steps beforehand can ensure that everyone in your party has an awesome time! For more information or clarification on what you can or cannot bring on your next sailing, call your travel agent! They exist to help you navigate the booking and planning process, and are happily available to assist.