Cruising around the Caribbean, luxury Mediterranean cruises, cruising around the Norwegian Fjords or even Alaska, are all a great way to spend a vacation, but if you pack the wrong clothing, or forget some vital items, it won’t be long before you are out of pocket having spent a fortune on board or on shore. You need to save your money for the gift shops.Six Packing Tips for going on a cruise that will make your life much easier while cruising.Learn my top Six Packing Tips.
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Packing Tips for The Perfect Cruise Vacation
More often than not, you will need to fly to the port where you start your cruising journey. This means your luggage will be split into a carry-on case, plus a regular suitcase for the hold. Since airlines don’t always take care of our luggage in the way we would like them to, it is sensible to pack the essentials in your carry-on case. That way, you won’t end up without a bathing suit or med if your hold luggage goes AWOL.
Good Packing Tips is Check the Dress Code
Most cruise liners have a dress code. During the day, think ‘casual’. This means anything from sundresses to jeans. Ship rules used to stipulate passengers couldn’t wear jeans in the dining areas, but things are a bit more relaxed these days. However, you will still be expected to dress up for evening meals, although tuxedos are optional.
Dress for the Climate
It’s important to dress for the climate you are heading to. For example, if you are packing for a Caribbean cruise, you can expect the weather to be hot and balmy, but if you are cruising around Alaska, it will be a lot colder. However, do pack a few layers, just in case you are caught out by a spell of chilly weather on a day you are heading on-shore.
Pack for On-Shore Excursions
You will have plenty of opportunities to travel on-shore when the ship makes a stop. Once on shore, you can do whatever you like, but there will be optional itineraries and visits to various beauty spots, so if you fancy doing a spot of hiking, or you would like to play a game of golf, pack the right clothing and accessories.
It is also worth mentioning that if you are visiting any religious sites, particularly in Muslim countries, you will need to cover up. Take some long-sleeve garments and perhaps a Pashmina for the trip. Shorts, sundresses and bikinis will not be acceptable.
Most cruise ship cabins are very ‘compact’, so you won’t have room for hundreds of items of clothing. Try to create a capsule wardrobe for your trip. Mix and match items where possible and use accessories to change your look around.
Pack the Essentials
Don’t forget to pack your travel essentials, such as a travel plug, sunscreen, sun hat, insect repellent, chargers and adapters, and anything else you might need. All of these things can be purchased, but they will be a lot more expensive than at home so plan ahead.