Unpack once, wake up to a different destination each day. This is one of the biggest drawcards for choosing to cruise. Just because you don’t need to lug a backpack around from city to city doesn’t mean you can take your entire wardrobe. In fact, ship cabins aren’t known for being the largest of accommodation, so packing smart, and light, is essential.
The clothing you’ll need will depend on the location and climate of your cruise. For warmer climates where days by the pool or port calls involving the beach are a priority, swimmers, sundresses and t-shirts will reign supreme. Scandinavian or Antarctic cruises, maybe not. Also, the motion of the ocean is not always conducive to high heels. That said, ladies will likely want to take one pair for the occasional formal night or party.
- Two pairs of swimmers, so you can swim daily without having to put on a wet bikini or board shorts
- Outfits for the theme nights
- Walking shoes for shore excursions and walking around on the ship
- Formal outfit, as most cruises have at least one formal or semi formal dinner, sometimes two or three depending on the length of the cruise
- Active wear so you can make the most of the gym and other more adventurous activities onboard like rock climbing
The first thing to consider when choosing your luggage is the size of the cabin. A bag that can easily be stored away in a cupboard is ideal over a large, hard side suitcase, which at best takes up space in a corner, at worst, blocks the walkway into your room! Also check with your cruise line for any baggage restrictions they may have, as some limit the size and weight of bags you can take on board.
- A small backpack or tote bag for shore excursions and days at sea onboard the ship
- Day bag for the first and last day as you don’t always have access to your luggage
- If you plan on doing extra shopping, pack a foldable duffel bag that can be packed into your luggage until needed
Holidaying on a cruise ship means there are myriad activities to fill your time. From sports at sea, to pool parties, swing dancing classes, musical theatre, cooking lessons – you name it, there’s a cruise that offers it. That said, it’s always worth taking a good book, good music and a camera to capture it all.
- A camera to capture all your holiday highlights
- A Smartphone or tablet for evening entertainment and music if you want a quiet night in and for at sea days
- A good book, magazines or kindle
Most cruise ships provide the essentials like soap, shampoo, conditioner and hair dryers. If you’re picky though, it’s best to pack your own toiletries.
- Sea sickness remedies
- Suction cap hooks to hang items on the back of the cabin door
- A shower cap
- A hanging toiletries bag to hang on the door handle
- Charger for any electrical goods like Smartphone or tablet