Going on a cruise is all about relaxation and just having a good time. When cruising, packing for your cruise becomes an integral part of your travel. The length of cruise, the destination and the category/style of cruise ship will all determine what you need to pack.


Here are a few basic tips on how to pack for a cruise

1- Put all of your important documents like your plane tickets, cruise papers, jewelry, medication, gadgets and laptop in your carry-on bag. Don't put your important items in the luggage that you need to check in because this can get delayed. It would also help to bring some photocopies of your important documents. Carry some business cards with your email address printed on them. You will meet lots of new friends on a cruise and the cards will be an easy way of giving out your address and contact details.

2- If you want to do some activities right after embarking then don't forget to also pack some change of clothes in your carry-on bag. Usually it takes hours before your luggage can be delivered to your room.

3 - Pack the more heavy things (footwear, kits, etc.) first before packing the lighter ones. Pack your socks, belts and other small items inside your shoes to save some space. Remember to take your swimsuit, sunglasses and your sun tan lotion. Check the amenities available onboard and leave unnecessary items at home like a hairdryer if they have them available.


4 - Take into consideration that on most cruises there is at least one formal night depending on the length of the cruise. Of course you can opt out that night and eat in one of the other restaurants if you don't wish to dress up, but for many this is the highlight of the cruise. Make it a night out in your best black-tie look – suits and ties, tuxedos, cocktail dresses or evening gowns. Choose a gown that you feel comfortable in. A dressy cocktail-style dress is usually formal enough on most cruises. You can usually rent formal wear on most cruise ship itself if you don't wish to take formal wear with you.

5 - If you have some trousers then pack them first at the bottom of your luggage but let the legs hang over the edge. Now pack your lighter clothes and items on top and after that just bring the legs over the top. This tip will keep the crease and you won't get folded lines. Fold your jacket in half after you've turn them inside out and place them in dry plastic cleaning bags in order to lessen the wrinkles.


6 - Put a mark on your luggage with any colored tags so you can easily recognize your luggage. You'll also minimize the chances of your luggage getting picked up by other passengers.

7 - Pack an extra fold up bag in your luggage, this way if you shop for souvenirs you have an extra bag to carry them home in without trying to fit them in your suitcase. This is particularly good if you are taking only one suitcase but remember to get them when you get off the ship.

8 - Keep a close eye on the weight of your luggage because most airlines impose a 50-pound weight limit. Be prepared to pay around $100 if you go over the limit. The weight limit on your luggage can change so it's advisable to call up your airline before you start packing.

 What to Pack for a Cruise Checklist

  • Bathing Suit
  • Sandals
  • Light jacket
  • Camera
  • Day bag
  • Hiking shoes
  • Sunscreen
  • Medication
  • Binoculars

Cruise lines are very good at persuading you to spend more money than you'll ever need. That's how they're profiting. Everything inside a cruise ship is designed to get you to spend more money. But it doesn't have to be that way. Avoid a vacation disaster by planning ahead with these simple cruise packing tips. That way, you can enjoy a glorious stress-free experience without worrying about what you should have done.

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