When you’re looking into your next holiday destination, you might find yourself with numerous pamphlets, websites and books about where to go next before ultimately deciding to get the best of all worlds and get yourself booked into a fantastic cruise. Cruises are a great way to see many pieces of many countries without having to organise full fledged trips to each, which is perfect for those low on time. Along with cruises though, comes the dreaded packing – what to pack, how much, etc. This handy survival guide will help you pack adequately, so you have more time to relax pre-trip.
Consider your Destination(s) and Surroundings
If you’re heading somewhere hot and tropical, of course a cardigan or sweater for cooler weather might be low on your list (and naturally so!). This can cause you a bit of a hassle when an unexpectedly cool sea breeze interrupts your evening, or when a sudden thunderstorm causes the temperature to drop. Additionally, air conditioned restaurants on board can sometimes be too air conditioned, leading you to freeze through dinner. A final note on this topic is that some countries in the world frown on wearing clothing that is a bit too revealing (sometimes even just shoulders cause locals to stare and shudder!) so packing at least one cardigan, pashmina or other scarf type covering will help keep you prepared for all these eventualities.
An Accessory for Every Occasion
This might sound like a good idea, but when you have to consider weight limits on airplanes with exorbitant extra baggage fees and the like, bringing your entire jewellery box just isn’t going to go over well when you can save the space for something more pressing. Instead consider all the activities you intend on doing and what fancier outfits you’re bringing and bring one or two pieces for each. To save space on handbags, pack one all purpose handbag that can be dressed up or down. The addition of a colourful scarf to a plain black bag can dress it up for those more formal dinners.
Medication and Toiletries
If you take medication for more serious health issues, you surely wouldn’t forget that, but one thing that people do frequently forget is things like pain medication and anti-sickness tablets. These can cost huge amounts more to purchase on a cruise ship – or in various ports – than they do at your local shop or pharmacy, so make sure you stock up before leaving. It’s better to have to find the space for it than to have to shell out triple or quadruple prices for it on the ship.
The same thing goes for toiletries. Don’t assume that your cabin will come with a big enough bottle of shampoo or shower gel to last you throughout the cruise (especially if it’s a longer one!), and instead bring your own favourites along with you. Make sure to pack them in your checked baggage if flying as airport security these days doesn’t allow bottles over 10mL onto the aircraft in the cabin.
Hopefully with this handy guide and a couple of tips and tricks you will have a much less stressful packing experience than you could have done. The most important thing is to enjoy yourself – so make sure to follow this guide to packing to alleviate any worries and stress!