Cruises are getting pretty popular, and we can see why.
Long days enjoying life on the high seas, with lots of eating, relaxing and exploring.
The only question is what do you pack?
Well, the good news is we have the answers to all your cruise packing questions right here, with our list of everything you can pack for your next cruise.
Things To Consider
When you’re packing for your cruise there are a few things you’ll want to consider, things that will impact the kind of things you’ll need to pack. For starters, you’ll want to look at how long your trip is. Longer trips mean more clothing, or at least enough clothing that you can put things through the laundry without worrying about running out. Then you need to think about where you’re going, and the activities that you’re doing. This is going to have an impact, not just on the clothes you bring, but on the other items that you might find to be essential like walking shoes (for hiking), binoculars (for wildlife watching) and so on.
Another really important thing to look at before you start packing is the rules of your cruise ship. Look at things like dress codes, at things that ship line might have banned, and at things like laundry and the space available for you in your cabin. With this information, you’ll be more prepared to pack!
Here’s What You Should Bring…
Make sure you have your photo ID for any domestic trip, and your passport (with a minimum 6 months of validity) for any international trips. Also do your research about visas if you’re planning on getting off the boat at different ports internationally.
When you check your luggage in, it can take a while before you have access to it again. So, make sure that everything you need for your first day (or half day) on the cruise ship is in a daypack. This might be a book, money, snacks, documents, and so on.
This is where most people lose confidence in packing for a cruise. You should bring a variety of different clothing, both formal and casual. Don’t bring anything really ‘informal’ as cruise ships like to keep things looking good. They often enforce dress codes around dinner and other meals, so make sure you’re prepared. Also check laundry charges, and make sure you have enough clothes for your trip.
Some parts of the deck can be sunny, and you definitely don’t want to get burnt on deck or when you’re exploring the ports. So make sure you bring a hat!
Ok, it might sound strange to bring a jumper on a tropical cruise, but the deck can get windy and chilly in the evening and night, and you don’t want to be trapped inside because you’re too cold.
This one goes without saying. Whether you’re soaking up the tropical sun, or even the arctic sun, you’ll need some protection from the UV!
Try and bring shoes that accomplish more than one thing so you don’t have to carry too many pairs. Always remember to colour match to your outfits, particularly for formal footwear, and make sure you wear your heaviest shoes when you check in, to save on weight.
It’s pretty rare for a modern-day cruise ship passenger not to bring some kind of technology with them. Whether it’s an music device, laptop or tablet, these can be great for entertainment. Just check there are no issues charging it, and don’t get caught out by roaming charges or expensive internet fees.
Books, Magazines and other entertainment
If you want some entertainment that isn’t tech-based, make sure to bring some books, magazines, and puzzle games. Also consider a pack of cards, a small and easily portable boardgames (like travellers chess) to keep you occupied.
While many cruise ships should, and do, provide basic toiletries, you might choose to bring some of your own as well. This is particularly relevant for people with any skin sensitivities or allergies, or just those who like to use products they’re familiar with.
Cruise ships aren’t exactly known for providing a lot of space for their passengers, which means there isn’t much space for storage. Make it a bit easier on yourself by packing some hangars to make your clothing more accessible, and some overdo organisers to ensure you don’t have to be constantly riffling through your luggage.
Motion Sickness Pills
If you’ve never been on a cruise ship before, don’t assume that you won’t get motion sickness. You’re better off preparing for the worst by bringing a few different motion sickness pills with you, just in case.
If you take medication regularly, make sure you bring more than enough with you for your cruise. Also make sure that you’ve informed the cruise operator about any medical needs you might have, as legally they need to know.
Depending on where your room is, you might find that at night it’s not as quiet as you think. Even if your room is well located, the movement of a ship can be hard to get used to. A pair of ear plugs should help overcome this.
Cruise lines rarely allow their passengers to bring booze, although some do accept one bottle of wine per cruise passenger. However, they will often allow soft drinks and mixers, usually a maximum of 6 or 12 cans per person. If you want to drink them and save buying them on the ship, bring them yourself!