Getting ready to board your cruise vacation? Take some time to consider these packing tips as you finalize your plans.
These are the most important items to put in your suitcase and also tend to cause the same stress. While you have lax luggage restrictions on board, even the biggest room has limited storage space. You should pack at least one formal outfit and a bathing suit if you’re heading to a warm weather destination. Keep in mind that multi-function pieces can help you cut down on space. Do you really need to bring a pair of shoes to match every outfit? Probably not. Opt for clothes that can be mix and matched. Bring a variety of options for day time excursions and for nighttime dining. Also keep in mind if you’re visiting a warm weather destination that nights can be cold and rainstorms can happen. Be prepared! Don’t overdo it on bulky accessories. Keep things as simple as possible. Trying to get a little extra storage space on board? Slide your empty suitcases under the bed – you can keep your shoes inside the luggage and remove them as needed.
Packing a good quality sun screen is important whether you’re headed to a warm or cold weather destination. Because you’re likely to be in the outdoors more, on the top of the deck, or on land, be sure to regularly apply sunscreen to exposed skin. There’s nothing worse than ending up with a terrible sun burn on vacation. Along with sunscreen you may also want to pack a hat or visor, long sleeve lightweight shirts and/or bathing suit cover-ups, and aloe – just in case.
Something to Do or Read
Sure the ship will have plenty of on-board entertainment but it’s the times in between that can be a challenge. A deck of cards is a great way to pass time when there’s a travel delay, not to mention make new friends. Keeping kids entertained with coloring books, stickers, and other non-electronic toys can turn a bad situation to more tolerable. most cruise liners have ship libraries where you can borrow a book throughout your cruise. Royal Caribbean has an honor system and passengers are free to donate books before heading home.
An extra, collapsible suitcase, backpack, or duffle bag can be used for trips ashore and maybe more importantly for carrying home souvenirs. These can easily fit inside your main luggage and be used when and if needed. Have wet and dirty laundry? Don’t mix it in with the clean clothes, add it to the extra bag instead. Heading onshore for a beach day? Don’t wheel your suitcase with, put the things you’ll need in a duffle bag for the day instead.
If you’re traveling with your family you may need a way to communicate. Onboard WIFI and cell phone signals are not very good and can be very expensive. Walkie talkies are one way to communicate easily across large distances. If this doesn’t work set up a time and place to meet regularly and check-in.
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