Cruising is one of the easiest types of vacations to pack for. Even though you need a wide range of items, there isn’t an item or weight restriction, so you can really go for your life. And since all you have to do is lug your stuff to the embarkation point and back, you can really go for it. Being able to pack pretty much anything you want is a huge advantage, because once you are in the middle of the ocean, it’s not easy to just nip to the shops and grab some forgotten item. And essentials can come at a premium in the ships on board shops.
So first things first, what sort of luggage should you take?
I guess this depends on how many people you will be sharing a cabin with. On our last cruise we took a backpacking backpack, and a large square hard suitcase. Both had their advantages. The backpack is harder to organize and pack things into when your bringing a multitude of shoes (cause why not?), but when empty it is flat and easy to store in one of the cubbies above the closets. The square suitcase on the other hand is easy to roll, it doesn’t matter how heavy it is, but its more awkward to store in the cabin. On my upcoming cruise Jake and I will be sharing a cabin with two of my girlfriends. In this instance I might take backpacks and duffle bags which are easier and smaller to store.
Now what to wear? I actually wrote an entire post on this topic (cause it’s an important one, so I’m going to send you there) – The ladies guide to what to wear cruising.
Let’s talk toiletries. They are small and easy to forget, and really annoying when you can’t replace them straight away. So have a look at the following list and make sure to add your own must have items.
- The boat will provide things like soap and shampoo and conditioner, but I found its only enough for one person and sometimes they are not prompt at refilling it straight away. Plus if you have hair like mine you will need waaaayyyy more conditioner than what is provided in those little bottles… sooo… I recommend bringing your own shampoo and conditioner at least.
- Hair products. And if you are like me…. 10 different hair products… cause it isn’t easy to tame the afro.
- Body lotion and especially after sun lotions
- ALL THE SUNSCREEN (dont be like me and run out and then get the most ridiculous sun burn ever. Who burns the inside of their belly button? This girl.)
- Bug spray if you have port days in tropical locations
- Extra contact lenses and solution if you wear them
No one wants to get sick when they travel, but if you are going cruising, you might want to consider throwing these in your bag:
- Anti sea sickness tablets (lots)
- Panadol (reduces pain and fever)
- Anti diarrhea tablets cause apparently getting the shits is the thing to do on cruises these days
- Hand sanitizer
- Topical wound lotions
- Anything else you would feel really terrible about not having if you needed it
And of course you need to keep busy and there is only so much sun bathing you can do before you need a break.
- A deck of cards
- Any other games or distractions (I personally LOVE battleships and cards against humanity)
Am I missing anything from this list? Make sure to let me know in the comments. I’m going on another cruise in a week, so your suggestions are greatly appreciated!