Hot Tips on Packing for your Luxury Cruise
Going on a cruise is exciting, especially if you’ve never been on one before. Packing can be a bit confusing, however, if you’re not sure what to bring. You don’t want to miss out on exciting opportunities because you didn’t bring the right gear; however, you don’t want to have to lug around tons of extra luggage and pay excess baggage fees. Here are some hot tips to make your cruise a cool trip.
If your luggage gets lost by the airline, your carry-on may well be your best friend. Your luggage will probably catch up with you at your next port of call; however, until then, you’ll have to make do out of your carry-on. Consider that when you pack it, and load it with everything you can’t do without for the next two days. Be sure to include a bathing suit and some sort of fancy dinner wear.
Bring Clothes that Mix and Match
For more flexibility and to save room in your suitcase, try to bring a variety of separates that are mix and match so that you can make your clothing go further. Consider focusing on basics that can be dressed up with a scarf, blouse or accessories rather than loading up your suitcase with a number of completely different outfits.
Check Out the Dress Codes
Make sure you know what is expected of you, especially if you get invited to the Captain’s Table aboard a formal cruise line such as Royal Caribbean. Check out the cruise line’s website to find out what the dress code is for dinner and other events on board. Don’t panic, however, some lines do have tuxedo rental stores onboard.
Do I Need a Bathrobe?
Most cruise ships offer bathrobes in all levels of cabins, although some offer them only on request. You can check out the cruise ship website to find out for sure, so that you don’t have to waste room in your suitcase stuffing in a bulky bathrobe. You don’t get to keep them, however, so don’t be tempted to take them home unless you’re willing to pay for them, because they will end up on your bill.
Don’t Forget to Dress for your Destination
When packing for your luxury cruise, you need to remember to allow for your activities on board ship as well as at your destination. If you’re planning on going zip lining or participating in some other athletic activity, you’ll want to remember to bring athletic shoes and clothing. Explore all of the different activities that are available that you may want to participate in, and pack appropriately.
Finally, make sure to bring all of your important documents, and keep them all together in a safe place at all times. And when you’re packing your suitcase, don’t pack it so full that you have to sit on it to close it. Remember; you’ll need room to bring back souvenirs!