What Should I Pack for a Cruise Vacation?

What to Pack for a Cruise


Some Helpful Tips ……

           “What should I pack?” is one of the most frequently asked questions among first-time cruise vacationers who aren’t sure what to expect on board. Experienced cruisers know that while there is no standard answer to this question, there are some general guidelines. What you should pack depends on the formality of the cruise line and ship you choose, as well as where you are going.

            First, consider the ship. On a luxury or premium cruise line, the dress code during the day is likely to be resort wear – casual shorts and shirts, or Capri pants and sundresses for women. In the evening, the dress code changes to long pants (no jeans) and collared shirts for men, with silky pants and coordinated tops or dresses for women. These cruises are also likely to have multiple formal nights, (normally held on “at sea days”),when you’ll see everything from suits and cocktail dresses to tuxedos and glittering ball gowns. Don’t have formal wear? NOT TO FRET, as most all cruise lines offer formal attire rental service (both men and women) which normally requires advanced ordering. Also important to note, some high-end cruise lines have changed to more casual dress codes, welcoming shorts and t-shirts much of the time. A cruise consultant can help you understand all the nuances of your ship’s dress code.

            If you selected a more casual cruise line, including those that cater to families, the dress code is probably more relaxed. Shorts and t-shirts, even swimwear with a cover-up, are likely to be acceptable anywhere on board before six in the evening (each cruise line varies). After that, jeans or khaki pants with polo-style shirts for men, and casual dresses or pants outfits for women abound. Kids can usually wear jeans and any clean shirt for dinner. Still, you’ll find that many people love dressing up for the evening – you would fit in well in a beaded cocktail dress or a dark suit and tie.

            In addition, consider where you’ll be sailing and what you plan to do on shore. Will you need sturdy walking shoes? Are you visiting a place where it may be considered offensive to show too much skin? Will you need a sweater or jacket for cool nights? Again, a professional cruise consultant can help. Also, you might wish to consult the projected extended weather forecast from the national weather service to see if there will be prolonged inclemency. 

            One more general rule is to pack less than you think you will need. It is Never Good to pack more than you will need, overpacking is a drain on your time, and resources, and can also become a drain on you financially as well. Besides, while cruising no one will notice if you repeat an outfit. While it is generally true that it is better to have something and not need it, rather than the alternative IS NOT THE CASE HERE. Additionally, may want to leave room in your luggage for new favorite clothing items that you might pick up along the way.

             Other items that may prove useful while on your cruise may include:

 Flashlights or Electronic Devices

When packing a flashlight, radios (or any other item with batteries for that matter), turn the batteries around so that if the item is accidentally turned on, you won’t empty the batteries. Don’t forget to turn the batteries back around when using the flashlight.

Security and Keeping Details and Valuables Safe

Scan your passport, passport photos and paper tickets (if not the e type) in. Store this (in an email for e.g.) in your web-based email account. You can also store the details of your emergency ‘lost card’ telephone numbers in your web-based email account so you know who to contact if your credit card or ATM card is lost or stolen. This way, even if you lose everything, you have immediate access to all of your important information. You can even email the details page of your passport to the embassy or consulate when applying for a new one.  You should also consider writing your home and destination address (and mobile number if you have one) on a self-adhesive sticky label to stick INSIDE your luggage in a visible place. If your luggage is lost and the baggage label has come off, at least the airline or cruiseline can still figure out whose luggage it is. 

Tip: Split up and/or limit your valuables

Split up your bank cards, cash, travellers’ cheques and credit cards as much as possible in different pockets, disbursed throughout your various bags and wallet when packing. That way should you fall victim to a robbery, at least you won’t be strapped for cash (unless you have all your bags AND your wallet stolen of course!). Additionally it’s good to know that many if not most of the cruise lines and hotels can oftentimes lend some assistance with cash advances against your credit card accounts you have secured on your on board account or accomodations with. Try to limit the amount of extra jewelry items you take on your cruise. If possible try to take only that which you can wear on board to your cruise. More bling, just makes you more of a target, especially in foreign lands.

            I think that about covers everything you’ll be needing. Once you have decided exactly what you are going to pack for your cruise vacation, be sure to check out my blog  article (click on) How to Pack Your Luggage, “Like the Pros”. 

For more information on tips for What to Pack for a Cruise, contact Mike via email mberryhill@cruiseholidays.com  . You can tweet (or follow) Mike at http://www.twitter.com/cruisewithmike  . To “Join” our Travel Club go to  http://meetup.com/Sun-Cities-Travelers-Group/  Mikes web site can be found at  www.mberryhill.cruiseholidays.com .  Follow this blog (or subscribe to it) at http://www.cruisewithmike.com  (or merely click on the subscribe button above to have daily delivery to your email). View all of Mikes uploaded Flickr Photo Galleries at http://www.flickr.com/photos/cruisewithmike/ . Mike also edits his own twice daily e-newspaper called “The Compass Headings” you can see (or subscribe to) it free! at http://paper.li/CruisewithMike

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About cruisewithmike

Mike is a Professional Cruise Wedding Planner, Wedding Officiant,and owner of CruisewithMike Wedding Planners. With over 20 years of experience in the Travel Industry, as an Independant Travel Consultant, Customer Service Agent, and a retired Va. Magistrate, and Clergy. Mike has a very unique perspective on Customer and Wedding Service Needs and strives to provide custom service that's "TOPS" Totally Outrageous Professional Service, with every customer he works with.
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