Practical Packing for a Cruise
When packing for a cruise, it’s not unusual to want to pack most of your closet. After all, what if it’s warmer or cooler than expected? What if something gets spilled all over your favorite shirt, and your second-favorite shirt? What if you’re invited to dine with the captain and you have only casual clothing? To avoid over packing, remind yourself of these truths:
- No one will care if you wear the same clothes more than once, or the same sweater against the evening chill every single night.
- There will be laundry services on board.
- If there’s a need for formal clothing, there will probably be a formalwear rental service on board.
- Even the most spacious cabins and suites have limited storage space for clothing and luggage.
Your destination, itinerary and the dress code of your ship will have a lot to do with the actual clothing you choose – ask your Cruise Holidays personal cruise expert for specific guidance. But, in general, choose clothes that you can layer to adjust to different temperatures. Try to limit the number of shoes you bring, but be sure to bring comfortable, closed shoes for shore excursions that involve walking or hiking.
Aside from clothing, give some thought to the non-clothing essentials that should be in your suitcase or carry-on bag. These include your passport and/or other picture ID; a camera to record your adventures; medications; sunglasses and reading glasses; sunscreen; and your own toiletries, if you’re fussy.
Items that you should also consider packing include a hat or scarf to protect against the sun or keep your hair under control on a windy deck; a small tote bag that can hold your camera, book, sunscreen, water bottle and other items as you move around the ship or port.
The cruise line will usually pre-stock your stateroom with a hair dryer, and keep in mind clothing irons are usually not allowed.
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