packed-suitcaseGoing on a cruise is an unforgettable experience, one that many people dream of having. If you’re going to be setting sail in a few days or weeks, then you’ll definitely want to start packing—but
many people are not sure what they should bring with them, especially if they have never been on a cruise before. Here are few tips that will help you get ready for your voyage.

Pack Light

First of all, the most basic rule when packing for a cruise is to pack light. This is because storage space is often somewhat limited inside ship cabins. Plus, many airlines will charge for checked baggage and charge extra if your baggage is too heavy.

Dress Code

One of the biggest considerations when you’re packing is what the dress code will be. During the day, casual clothes such as t-shirts, jeans, shorts, and even swimwear are usually acceptable. Even on more formal or luxurious cruises, khakis or sundresses will be fine.

During the evening, however, things get a little more complex. What you wear will depend on which eatery you choose—since many ships have a mix of casual and formal dining—as well as whether there are designated formal or casual nights. Casual dinner wear will generally involve a nicer shirt and long pants or a skirt.

Generally, strict formal wear is uncommon. Overall, country club casual is the norm, but if you’re one who likes to dress up, by all means do so! If you’re trying to save on packing space, pack one outfit and a number of different accessories such as ties, scarves, or jewelry to spice up your ensemble on different nights.


Also, keep in mind what the weather will be like! If you are going to the Arctic, then avoid shorts and remember your coat. If you’re going to Hawaii, pack your t-shirt and sunglasses. You might want to consider a folding umbrella, too. Bug spray and sunscreen are often good ideas, even if you’re in cooler climates; and no matter where you’re going, bring a swimsuit if the ship has a pool or hot tub.

Important Considerations

The ship will almost always provide soap, shampoo, and towels, are will generally sell you hygiene items like toothpaste or razors if you forget your own. You should also remember your camera and any other items you’d like to have on a shore excursion. Finally, be sure to bring a small day bag, which will come in handy whenever you leave the ship. With these handy tips, packing for your cruise should be a snap.
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